Re: The lowest form of human life

From: Robin Hanson (
Date: Mon Mar 20 2000 - 07:30:00 MST

On 3/10/2000, Damien Broderick wrote:
>In any event, I wonder if we mightn't find a variety of pathologies
>emerging, both individual and social, as complex adaptations to the
>ancient fact of ageing suddenly jumps their tracks. And in the meantime,
>it might be worth asking if the apparent mean-minded or deluded prejudices
>against old people acting as if they were spring chickens is an evolved
>response to disruptive behaviours, just as the strictures against incest
>and paedophilia, say, seem to arise out of such conflicts.

This seems to me to be an excellent research agenda.
I hope someone will follow it up.

Robin Hanson
Asst. Prof. Economics, George Mason University
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