Death is the great equalizer, and all change is heat death, a.k.a. entropy.
I will offer a definition of age. I offer that age is memory, and I mean memory as a principle, as a physical law. So then, why would age seem to be associated with disease?
The longer you live, the more time you have to get sick.
Perhaps the body’s ability to fight off germs and parasites becomes weaker?
We remember it more? I’ve noticed I have to guard against my brain accepting my current physical state.
The apparent weakening does happen, but guess what? Our science doesn’t know why. There is no biochemical reason why this weakening should happen. They are confident they just haven’t found the first cause. They think it has something to do with shrinking telomeres, but they have also found those can extend again. They have traced it to some forms of genetic switching, but this switching is also inconsistent and doesn’t by itself seem to serve the purpose of aging the organism.
Humanity attempts to preserve itself, and they fault the seemingly spotty efforts that many other organisms make to preserve themselves. I will explain that more in just a bit. Did you know that human gametes, reproductive cells, do not age? If they did the offspring would be born old, and even those children with the rapid aging disease are not born old. Their rate of aging is just accelerated.
What is it that triggers the aging process? Science right now does not know, but your question brings me back to that previous line. Memory is a reference process. Even in the most materialistic model of memory, it serves not as a source of identity, but as a form of behaviour orientation.
Is it simply the life cycle? Like an apple going from seed to flower to fruit and to seed again? If it were simply the life cycle it would be much more regular, would it not?
That would seem so, yes. And why would some of our cells age and not others.
Mind if i get a little graphic? It is medically relevant. I am really asking the ladies in this specific case. They have recently developed a highly reliable test for biological age and it has discovered some strange things.
Ah, you’re going to talk about menopause? No, I am not though I could. Menopause is not innate, it’s a mutation and late onset in human genetic history. It arose from the behaviour of males. The tendency of males to select younger mates, otherwise it serves no biological purpose.
I wonder if it might also be because females didn’t want to be selected any more. Well, they have found that females are less emotionally invested in the sex act. Their brains are less wired to respond to it emotionally. It takes heightened emotion to arouse a female fully.
Your thoughts are welcome. Be well friends.