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Vol. 59, No. 1, 2013
Issue release date: December 2012
Section title: Viewpoint
Gerontology 2013;59:85–92
(DOI:10.1159/000341225)

Zeno’s Paradox of Immortality

Olshansky S.J. · Carnes B.A.
aDivision of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Ill., and bDonald W. Reynolds Department of Geriatric Medicine, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, Okla., USA

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Article / Publication Details

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Abstract of Viewpoint

Received: 1/24/2012 4:54:21 PM
Accepted: 4/30/2012
Published online: 8/15/2012

Number of Print Pages: 8
Number of Figures: 3
Number of Tables: 0

ISSN: 0304-324X (Print)
eISSN: 1423-0003 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/GER

Abstract

Scientists who speculate on the future of human longevity have a broad range of views ranging from the promise of immortality, to radical life extension, to declines in life expectancy. Among those who contend that radical life extension is already here, or on the horizon, or immortality is forthcoming, elements of their reasoning appear surprisingly close, if not identical, to a famous mathematical paradox posed by the ancient Greek mathematician known as Zeno. Here we examine the underlying assumptions behind the views that much longer life expectancies are forthcoming or have already arrived, and place their line of reasoning within the context of a new Zeno paradox described here as The Paradox of Immortality.


  

Author Contacts

S. Jay Olshansky, PhD
Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago
1603 West Taylor Street, Room 885, Chicago, IL 60612 (USA)
Tel. +1 312 355 4668, E-Mail sjayo@uic.edu

  

Article Information

Received: January 24, 2012
Accepted: April 30, 2012
Published online: August 15, 2012
Number of Print Pages : 8
Number of Figures : 2, Number of Tables : 0, Number of References : 27

  

Publication Details

Gerontology (International Journal of Experimental, Clinical, Behavioural and Technological Gerontology)

Vol. 59, No. 1, Year 2013 (Cover Date: December 2012)

Journal Editor: Wick G. (Innsbruck)
ISSN: 0304-324X (Print), eISSN: 1423-0003 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/GER


Article / Publication Details

First-Page Preview
Abstract of Viewpoint

Received: 1/24/2012 4:54:21 PM
Accepted: 4/30/2012
Published online: 8/15/2012

Number of Print Pages: 8
Number of Figures: 3
Number of Tables: 0

ISSN: 0304-324X (Print)
eISSN: 1423-0003 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/GER


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