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General Session 3: Theories on Aging Discussant: Stephen C. Goss, Chief Actuary, United States Social Security Administration

Presented at the Living to 100 and Beyond Symposium Orlando, Fla. January 7-9, 2008

Papers Presented:

Entropy Explains Aging, Genetic Determinism Explains Longevity, and Undefined Terminology Explains Misunderstanding Both Leonard Hayflick, PhD

Is There a Limit to the Compression of Mortality? Jean-Marie Robine Siu Lan K. Cheung Shiro Horiuchi A. Roger Thatcher

Entropy, Compression, and Decompression: Trends in Human Aging and Death

Introduction

On the third day of this conference two papers were presented related to human aging and trends in death statistics. The first paper, “Entropy Explains Aging, Genetic Determinism Explains Longevity, and Undefined Terminology Explains Misunderstanding Both,” was written and presented by Leonard Hayflick. The second paper, “Is There a Limit to the Compression of Mortality?” was written by Jean-Marie Robine, Siu Lan K. Cheung, Shiro Horiuchi and A. Roger Thatcher, and was presented by Siu Lan K. Cheung. This brief paper provides some observations and comments on these papers and their findings.

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