Aging is loss of information
08.01.2020 | Strunz
says Prof. Sinclair, geneticist and pharmacologist at Harvard University in his brand new bestseller
„From the End of Ageing“
Loss of information? What does he mean by that? Well, Prof. Sinclair has the very rare gift of writing vividly, lovingly, humanely, and unraveling complicated relationships. That’s why I love his book. Filled with many, many stories about his grandmother, about famous people, about the exciting times we live in.
Prof. Sinclair gives us a clear picture: Man consists of two parts: First, there are the genes, about 20,000 of them, which are immovable, immortal, indestructible. You can cook genes (chromosomes) as long as you want: They remain stable.
This is what fascinated Nobel Prize winner Schrödinger and led him to write the booklet „Was ist Leben?“ in 1943.
Perhaps the most valuable booklet of the 20th century. And you still haven’t read it? „News of 03.02.2019“
And then, says Professor Sinclair, there is the information. And by that, he means epigenetics. That is, the knowledge within us of how to turn genes on and off… This ability to change genes is lost over the course of life, he says. Man becomes rigid. Everyone understands that immediately.
You could also say: Man has increasingly firm, rigid habits. That’s where I start smiling immediately: What if man has only acquired very good habits since he was very young?
If he walks every day? And when he’s a senior citizen, he just rides his bike?
If he meditates daily? Or at least listens to Gregorian chants?
If he eats genetically correct from the beginning? So at least the artificial carbohydrates are gone…
Then the loss of information, that is, in Prof. Sinclair’s language, the ageing wouldn’t be so bad.
And he’s right about that.
I once told you about the two over 90-year-old gentlemen across the desk from me, who had argued in front of me about which 3,000-meter peak they should climb next weekend. So they were collecting mountains over 3,000 meters.
Would I, would you still be able to do that at over 90?
Obviously they had behaved epigenetically very, very favorably. So they might have had information loss, but they still compensated quite well.
Harvard professor Sinclair, 52 years old, I noticed because he just sold one of his seven companies. for $720 million. I think I’m going to write about him again.