Sociology and Pain

The Aging Sociologist (that's me) has occasional periods of stroke related pain that disable him.  Or me.  Or I.  Who knows? After awhile, all the meds make me a little hazy. But I plan to be back.  Soon!!  I KNOW you wish me well.  And thank you.


Must the human lifespan have a limit?

From Kevin Loria in "Business Insider"  Jeanne Calment, the French woman who holds the record for the longest verified lifespan, died in 1997 at 122 years old. Few people, of course, ever become supercentenarians — 110 years old or older — and even fewer hit 115. So few people have exceeded that age, in fact, that a group of researchers published … Continue reading Must the human lifespan have a limit?

Neuroscientists agree with Buddhists. says recent study

When it comes to science—particularly, health—Western ideology is often portrayed as being at odds with Eastern beliefs. One point of agreement is the state of human consciousness. David Barash, who wrote Buddhist Biology, explains Buddhism’s notion if impermanence as it relates to human consciousness: “Attempting to cling to a solid, immutable core of a self … Continue reading Neuroscientists agree with Buddhists. says recent study

Telomeres and Your Genetic Clock

So what’s a telomere, you’re most likely wondering? Well, the scientific answer is that they are the caps at the end of our chromosomes that protect our DNA. Chromosomes carry all a cell’s genetic information and telomeres are the protective buffers that determine how fast they age and die. In layman’s terms, telomeres are like the plastic tips of shoelaces. If you lose the tips, the laces start to fray, rendering them ineffective.