Aging Theories Discussions

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Aging Theories (moderated blog) is intended to provide a venue for discussions about aging theories and their implications for medical research. Some of the material here has been excerpted from previously published material such as the book The Evolution of Aging 3rd Ed.

Discussion topics will include:

  • Classes of aging theories: Fundamental limitation theories, Modern non-programmed aging theories, programmed aging theories.
  • Relationships between aging theories and evolutionary mechanics theories, individual vs. population-oriented evolutionary mechanics concepts.
  • Medical implications of different aging theories.
  • Non-science factors that influence thinking about aging.
  • Academic vs. Commercial medicine: Differences in attitudes about aging theories.
  • Ethics and health-policy issues surrounding aging.

Theodore C. Goldsmith is an independent researcher who has been studying and writing about the evolutionary nature of aging since 1997. His particular area of scientific interest concerns the digital nature of biological inheritance and the implications of this nature for theories regarding the mechanics of the evolution process. These theories in turn are critical to theories of biological aging that have potentially immense consequences for our ability to treat highly age-related diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s disease and generally extend human lifespan. He is the author of multiple journal articles and earlier books on the subject including The Evolution of Aging (2014) and is a contributing author for several textbooks on aging.

Goldsmith was born in Washington D.C. and graduated from MIT with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He has worked at the National Institutes of Health and extensively in the aerospace industry including NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center where his responsibilities included design, development, integration, test, and flight operations of digital information systems used with multiple scientific missions. He was also manager of the Space Shuttle Small Payloads Project.

See: http://www.programmed-aging.org/theory-3/goldsmith.html for list of articles, books, and book article contributions.