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….

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…

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…

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…

Meditation on Cyclic Existence

One way of looking at the cycle of existence:   Action is unfulfilling Lest it leads to growth Growth is without meaning Lest it leads to wisdom Wisdom is just our mind Lest it lead to consciousness Consciousness is unsustaining Lest it open compassion Compassion is self sustaining And in darkness calls you to Action…