The slower you grow proportionally, the slower you die proportionally. The cell growth rate in say for an example a tree is much slower than in humans. So they reach full maturity much older, and take even longer to wither away.
So actually as society is getting taller and bigger at a faster rate and maturing earlier. (9 year olds getting their periods) We're actually on the road to a shorter lifespan. Well, that's probably nature's own solution to our overpopulation problem...
There is also the condition of indeterminate growth. Some reptiles will continue to grow, given the right conditions of adequate food source and no predators, to a size and age as yet unknown. They don't seem to have the "aging" gene.
Why would this be still be evolved in the reptiles and turned off in humans or any other life? The purpose of evolution is for life to adapt and survive, why would it turn off a gene that allows life to live longer?
Why would evolution turn off the gene when the purpose is to survive as long as possible? Maybe natures way of dealing with overpopulation? I don't think any animals or plants have adaptability over us in terms of exploration, if the planet was destroyed, we are the only ones that have capability to colonize another planet and explore space.
That's so interesting about plants. You can take a spider plantling, stick it in some water, and it makes a plant true to its parents. This isn't cloning, it's just a matter of how the plant propagates. Spider plants have probably been around for millions of years...how do you do that procreation magic with a human?
I do think that humans show seasonal changes, as evidenced by depression or seasonal affect disorder, or sun tans or energy levels. However, humans have a tendency to refuse to acknowledge similarities between themselves and the rest of the physical world. So arrogant we can be.
LOL! I'd like to say I have. But usually when I stick my finger in water, it's accompanied by dish detergent, and I suppose that nasty chemical compound kills any hope I have for kicking myself into a new generation.
You are right; they don't do that. But humans have subjected them to pesticides and herbicides for at least the last 80 years, and still, they continue to thrive. I can't help but think how short-sighted we humans are. Superior? HA!
humans ... we like to think were different. look into any pair of eyes . anteater to zebra . look really hard. i think you will see we aren't. and as far as trees go ? their just a lot smarter than we.
maybe ignorance is bliss. thinking to much. a flaw.i read it as live longer. anything after the first question mark in any question is. ... static to me. one day can outlive a lifetime.wana live longer than anything ever has? make every day count.
AAAAAAhhhh! English abuse! Aware, you are in violation of code YCS (You Can't Spell) in the Writer's handbook! You have the right to remain silent! Anything you say can be used against you in the court of the current forum and you are entitled to a jury of your peers... or whoever's here at the moment.
... very mainstream. Keep working on it and try to make it less generalized. It's not a bad premise for a poem but the execution is a little uninspired. Keep "static to me" Definitely lose "ignorance is bliss" and "make every day count." The point of a poem is to present your own original ideas not to spout other people's but it's not a bad effort. I've seen a lot worse on hubs.
MA, you appear to be looking at that turtle as an inferior creature. Perhaps that turtle represents a lesson all humans should learn -the value of life rests on the individual. A turtle cannot choose when it dies or how long, it is build into them -the bootstrap program. Granted, there are olives trees I have actually seen with my eyes, that are a thousand years old, in Northern California. but who is to say humans should die since we are the only creature on this planet with ability to choose life/death.
Genetics plays a small part in the argument, consciousness plays a larger part. The key is not the span of time we perceive, but the necessity to live.
This is what cracks me up about both sides if the Ism -one claims life is endless by ritual belief yet does not adhere to it; the other is working desperately to prolong life only to accept a mythical fate of death.
Is that turtle smarter or more advanced than humans? Makes you wonder...
It has actually been scientifically proven that dolphins are sentient. They display complex emotions, can recognize themselves in a mirror, have demonstrated empathy, and are the only other mammals that have sex for pleasure.
This most specifically applies to the Bottlenose Dolphin.
Granted we have no way to know conclusively at present; however, they do not appear to exhibit any closure behaviours similar to the way humans "get their affairs in order" when they know the end is near. No other living species besides humans seem to attempt to make any preparations for those they will leave behind, which is a major indicator of the knowledge of mortality. Evidence suggests however the some species are capable of "sensing" when another member of their species is close to death, and some even appear to mourn the passing - but there appears to be no consistency across species in this behaviour. I think that would be an interesting course of study.
I travel the information highway and stumble upon this interesting site, the list of living supercentenarians, those over the age of 110 years. I see that of 72 members on the list 70 are female and only 2 are men. This...