The Curse of Aging Part 2: Mechanisms

Overview In the last installment of this series we went over the definition of aging and the history of its study.  Today, we will go into depth about what actually happens with age (observable effects) and why it happens (underlying molecular causes). Aging, as we discussed, is defined by deleterious biological changes to an organism (us) occurring overtime….

Standing at the Seashore, by Richard Feynman

There are the rushing waves, mountains of molecules, each stupidly minding its own business.  Trillions apart, yet forming white surf in unison. Ages on ages, before any eyes could see.  Year after year, thunderously pounding the shore as now. For whom, for what? On a dead planet, with no life to entertain. Never at rest,…

Soul of Protest

Our grandmothers, devoid of their brother’s power, there voices their soul armament stood spartan for the longest hour broke no emotion speaking their discontent. Ancestors who simply stepped on a bus, refused to give up tired of being treated as dogs of the street stone faced and unflinching, through fire they stood up. They had a dream, togetherness replete. What’s happened…

Plans for 2017

So, finding myself bogged down on writing an extensive second section for the Aging Research piece, I’ve decided to partition each biweekly blog entry more definitively into 4 types of pieces.  This includes: poems from myself poems reiterated from someone else Personal experience log Longer pieces on scientific.technology related subjects, including the history of how it got that…

The Curse of Aging, Part 1: Definition and History

Aging research, something which has steadily been developing for several decades, has recently reached critical mass to begin establishing itself as a cultural phenomenon.  At the same time, it remains one of the most misunderstood subjects I can think of.  Over the past 2 or 3 years I have seen front page headlines on Discover magazine, Time, even The Economist about…

Light through the Prism

The light of God, the first light, the original color, flows through the prism of consciousness and is refracted into the colors of 10,000 things. It is that this prism is kept clear that each color is sacred, free, eternal. The view is as the lord of life in technicolor, splashed on each leaf, crumbling…

Om Mani Padme Hum

Recently, on a trip to India with my girlfriend I went to a state known as Sikkim, a small Himalayan kingdom which joined the republic in 1975.  The culture is very different than the rest of India, with Tibetan Buddhism being the predominant religion and significantly more Tibetan, Nepali, and Chinese influence overall.  It was…

Why I want to be a gibbon

I’d like to start by saying that I’m sorry that I’ve written so many editorials and no poetry lately. I’ve been spending some time consciously pondering what several concepts mean to me.  An important one is the idea of growing up. When we are children we tend to idealize adults, the beginning of the path…

The meaning of life

To  justify working 9:00 to 5:00 we espouse the values of hard work and then we plan for retirement. To justify aging we call it inevitable and fondly reflect on our lost youth and health. To justify disconnection, and even war, we talk about utopia and proceed to judge others on the same karmic baggage…

On Minimalism

The concept of minimalism is something which is very important to me, in the form of a necessary maximization of efficiency.  Efficiency for what?  The two main situations where minimalism matters most in my mind are: The way we lead our physical life, and The way we treat our creations. The first is the more…

Ahimsa

Somethings I’ve been thinking about lately are the nature and the real karmic manifestation of the multiple flutters of subconscious violence present in most people’s mind on a daily basis.  Sparked by conversations I’ve had with some people to whom the eastern concept of ahimsa, or non-violence, is important to, I’ve realized how much subconscious violence works against…

65 million things

Everyday life in the modern world involves 65 million things to care about. This is true wherever there is internet really but New York City not the least of places.  Buzzfeed and facebook beg for our attention with stories about last weeks terrorist attack, the prospects of curing Hungtington’s disease, joblessness in rural Michigan, and…