A Literal Reductionist?

Posted by Pete Shanks July 31, 2008
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Michael Rae thinks he is starving himself to life. He's six feet tall and weighs 115 pounds. He believes that calorie restriction will extend his life by 5 to 15 years, long enough (he hopes) for regenerative medicine to advance enough to make him immortal. Yes, he works with immortality crank Aubrey de Grey. And yes, even Rae admits that this is "crude, weak medicine."

He might want to check out Michael Pollan's excellent "In Defense of Food" which includes a withering assault on "nutritionism" and reductionist science in general, coupled with a strong defense of the wisdom of the ages (aka Mom). Pollan's advice: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants."

Or maybe refusing to eat makes life seem longer.

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