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Writing science fiction; a proposed thought experiment...

dteleki has proposed a thought experiment -- a discussion of a science fictional version of aging that would involve a very different definition of the phrase "fit and vigorous." His discussion of the meaning of that phrase is at
http://ozarque.livejournal.com/536213.html?thread=11162517 ...

and his description of the fictional aging scenario is at
http://ozarque.livejournal.com/536213.html?thread=11162773 .

Here's the opening paragraph of dteleki's scenario, as a sample:

"Human lifespan is expanded from about 80 years to about 200 years. The body grows and develops exactly as it does now, from birth to age 30. It is stabilized at a physical age of 30 for about 160 years (from chronological age 30 to 190). The physical aging process that formerly took place from age 30 to age 80, a 50-year period, now takes place from age 190 to age 200, a 10-year period. Childhood and youth and young adulthood thus take place on the same schedule as they always did, but are a far smaller portion of the entire lifespan than before; aging is compressed into a tiny portion of the end of life. The raising of children to adulthood also occupies a far smaller portion of the entire lifespan than before, and is pretty much wound up by age 50, which is now fairly early in life in this scenario, instead of more than half-way through as it was formerly. There is no need or justification to raise more than 2 or 3 children during this entire expanded 200-year lifetime."

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