A revolutionary examination of why we age, what it means for humanity, and how we just might be able to fight father time.
What is the function of aging? Why do most, but not all species age? Aging is generally thought of as wear and tear, but why does this process occur if there is no benefit for the individual? If the selfish gene and natural selection is at play, then why do our cells die off?
In Cracking the Aging Code, theoretical biologist Joshua Mitteldorf and award-winning writer and ecological philosopher Dorion Sagan reveal that evolution and aging are even more complex and breathtaking than we originally thought. Using an in-depth and wide-ranging review of the biological record and exploring the genes that either start or stall aging the authors challenge the assumptions of neo-Darwinism and show us how aging evolved not to help ourselves and those like us, but to support the “greater good.” Our genetically pre-programmed death is ultimately a means to stabilize populations and ecosystems, which are ever-threatened by cyclic swings that can lead to extinction.
This dynamic new understanding of aging opens the door to startling new means of stopping, slowing, or reversing the aging process. A controversial, idea-driven book that is at once provocative, entertaining and pioneering, Cracking the Aging Code challenges the way we understand aging, death, and just what makes us human. Download and start listening now!