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Friday, February 04, 2005

I'm A Freakin' Dead Man

Apparently, reaction time and longevity are highly coordinated.

The ancient Greeks imagined three Fates - one spun the thread of life, the second measured its length, and the third snipped it off. Science has tried to provide more plausible (if less poetic) reasons for why some of us live longer than others. Now two researchers in Scotland have made a discovery even the Greeks couldn't have imagined: Reaction time may be a core indicator of long life.

I have the reaction time of a slug. It's why I suck at sports and dodging bullets.

But I found this correlation interesting...

The new research builds on earlier studies showing that people with lower IQs tend to die at younger ages than those with higher IQs.

I thought that was a phenomenon known as Darwinism...

4 Comments:

At Friday, February 4, 2005 at 4:34:00 PM EST, Blogger Mr Web said...

Reaction time with a button may or may not correlate with dodge ability. I think the ability to dodge -- which Mr Web does before he realizes it -- is a important property in his life expectancy in the next 14 years. This spacial awareness transfers into automotive operation as well. Mr Web expects accidents to be the primary extinguisher of existance; no significant smoking, heart disease, or NBC threats yet.

 
At Friday, February 4, 2005 at 4:38:00 PM EST, Blogger Mr Web said...

Mr Web also finds that "being on alert" (keying up your ears and eyes based on your surroundings) can increase your "subconscious" ability to dodge.

Mr Web recalls walking at night in a typical metro neighborhood -- hearing a loud shot -- and then realizing he had already crouched behind a car.

 
At Friday, February 4, 2005 at 4:42:00 PM EST, Blogger Kid Various said...

Mr. Web is apparently a girlie-man

 
At Friday, February 4, 2005 at 4:53:00 PM EST, Blogger Mr Web said...

...girlie-man with a life expectancy of 115.

 

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