Over at New Scientist, there’s an article about old age.
I seem to remember conversations with zdenny, the ultimate Christian freedom fighter, saying that Christians lived longer than atheists … based on no citation or definitive information … despite responses from the readers of this blog and every other blog he terrorized.
Japan appears to have the longest living population. And in case you don’t know diddly, Japan is not a Christian nation.
Not that it matters. Zdenny was off the charts crazy. He was so asylum-needed nuts, he closed down all his online accounts thanks to how well you all defeated his illogic … give yourselves a round of applause.
But back to the New Scientist article. Let me quote the article (emphasis mine):
“… Japanese people live longest: men can expect to reach 79 and women 86. It is also partly because the Japanese have almost given up having babies: the fertility rate is just 1.2 children per woman, far lower than the 2.1 needed to maintain a steady population. The rest of the world is following Japan’s example. In 19 countries, from Singapore to Iceland, people have a life expectancy of about 80 years. Of all the people in human history who ever reached the age of 65, half are alive now.”
That’s some interesting information. I take it the scientists in this article aren’t recognizing all those dudes in the bible that reached ripe old ages of 900 or so. What a shame.
Sometimes I’ll watch movies or television, and I’ll see older men and women doing sports and activities that I was under the impression were culturally unacceptable. I thought when you reached a certain age, you should “act” like an old person. The media is tearing down those cultural perceptions, and making it possible to rethink those ideas.
I’m glad too. Because since I’ve been told that without god there’s no reason to be good or to live my life … I need something to live for.
Oh, and Otto Van Bad-boy-Bizzle … he came up with the retirement age of 65. How did he come up with such a thing … when deciding when war vets should get their pension, he determined it should be 65. Because 65 is when most war veterans were expected to die. Leave it up to a government official to be an asshole about money.