To Members and Friends of the Los Angeles Gerontology
Research Group:”Compared with Growth and
Development, Aging (Entropy) Is a Comparatively Weak Force”Summary:1. If aging is a stochastic (time random), inevitable (inexorable),
constant (continuous), relentless process that chips away at us from day
why are no (non-progeric) children born old and why do we get old and die
according to a precise exponential (Gompertzian) curve as a function
of chronological age (and gender)?
Answer: Compared with the growth and development of complex multicellular
organisms starting from a single cell, net/net — intrinsic aging is
informationally-disorganizing process of very fine granularity (operating
the molecular level — from nanometers to microns) secondary to thermal
Brownian) Motion (entropy), and it’s not on the radar compared with
growth, even though it’s present well before birth.
2. Aging is weak in the same sense as gravity is weak compared with
electomagnetism in cosmology; yet it’s gravity that shapes the observable
(i.e., the gross distribution of trillions of stars in an elaborate web
of trillions of galaxies).