Expense and Disease: The Price of Increased Longevity
Perhaps our energies are better spent on trying to live better rather than trying to live longer.
What's the Latest?
Diet and exercise are paths to leading a longer life but increased longevity is no free lunch. As individuals and entire populations begin to live longer, they are likely to face increasing healthcare costs and increased rates of diseases such as Alzheimer's. While society encourages individuals to save for retirement, few people save money thinking of their longterm health care costs. Yet medical bills as a result of incurable conditions can quickly deplete retirement nest eggs as well as assets held by families. Long term care insurance is one possible remedy but social tools to deal with vastly longer lives remain cumbersome.
What's the Big Idea?
Perhaps our energies are better spent on trying to live better rather than trying to live longer. That is certainly the opinion of Neil de Grasse Tyson--your mother's favorite astrophysicist--who says he'd prefer to live under the illusion that daily life was more precious than suggested by the average 75-year life span:
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New research links urban planning and political polarization.
- Canadian researchers find that excessive reliance on cars changes political views.
- Decades of car-centric urban planning normalized unsustainable lifestyles.
- People who prefer personal comfort elect politicians who represent such views.
Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.
- America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
- Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
- Based on the UN's partition plan for Israel/Palestine, this proposal provides territorial contiguity and sea access to both 'red' and 'blue' America
Science and the squishiness of the human mind. The joys of wearing whatever the hell you want, and so much more.
- Why can't we have a human-sized cat tree?
- What would happen if you got a spoonful of a neutron star?
- Why do we insist on dividing our wonderfully complex selves into boring little boxes
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