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Anuraag Reddy

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Why evolution could never solve aging?

Maybe aging is an essential mechanism to clear out the old and make way for the new like cells within a body?

Maybe every form of life is already close to the upper limit of life expectancy?

Maybe aging is in the nature of carbon based life and metabolism?

Maybe we genetically sacrifice our longevity to survive the stresses of competition.

Emerging Questions:
Is it that our metabolic processes are over-compensated for dominance in their sexual prime which prove detrimental for longevity?

Is it that genes leading to different lifespans are mixed indefinitely in nature that it was never possible to select for it?

Isn't an organism with a longer span of mating at an advantage?

My hypothesis:
In the absence of change in ones environment, or competitive stresses an organism would eventually adapt itself to survive longer.

If every organism is a product of evolution then there must of course be underlying mechanisms within itself to aid such an adaptive process.

Under the influence of adaptive pressure, it would encourage mutation or variations in order create successful variations and also increase the number of life-cycles and so reducing the lifespan.

Under the influence of competitive stress, the dominance would lead to reproductive success and not the span of mating during ones lifespan.

In the absence of change in ones environment leading to adaptive pressure, or competitive stresses from rivals to prove dominance. Species would evolve longer lifespans.

Just a Theory though! But it would predict that

Lifespans of living fossils which have undergone little change in time should be greater than their relatives which have recently evolved.

Life having evolved on geographically isolated places far from intense competitive pressures should have greater lifespans.

Living things higher up in the food-chain or with few natural enemies should have greater lifespans.

Life span in pair bonding species should be higher than tournament species.

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  • Nov 22 2011: Well I don't think there are any tricks to evolution. You either believe that God created things for a purpose without the use of evolution. Or you believe that God created all things with the use evolution for all or part of things. For both of those things the intelligence comes from God. Or you believe that evolution alone is cause of all development then you must believe that there is no intelligence in that development and then there are no tricks to evolution. Evolution unlike what people think is totally random but follows the rule of survival of the fittest. Those things that evolve in a direction that makes them fitter allows them to survive while those things that evolve to make them less fit or not as fit as others will die with their inadequate genes. It is a mistake though to assume that all mutations are improvements. I think also without an overseer of evolution there is no organization or intelligence to it besides the organization of chaos.

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