Aging

People Use Fewer First-Person Pronouns As They Get Older
September 30, 2014

And we start saying these other things instead. 

We Are Entering the Age of Alzheimer's
You and everyone you know will be touched by the disease. How are we going to get through this?
September 02, 2014

We will all be touched by the disease. How are we going to get through this?

Do Jewish Men Postpone Death Until After Passover?
April 15, 2014

dwindling number of American Jews will bother attending a Passover Seder this year—but some may postpone their own deaths to take part in one.

Old People in Britain Are Dying Before Their Time
February 15, 2014

It's not just the cold weather.

Betty White Is Not a Sex Machine
Our culture’s cruel obsession with dirty old women
June 16, 2013

Our culture’s cruel obsession with dirty old women.

Why Do Grandmothers Exist?
Solving an evolutionary mystery
January 29, 2013

By the cold logic of evolutionary science, post-menopausal women lack obvious utility. That they manage to attain old age requires explanation.

Magic Bullet
February 06, 2006

IT WAS A cold night in December, and Patrick Murphy was standing in the back room of a downtown Philadelphia bar. As usual, he was telling war stories. It had been nearly two years since Murphy returned from Iraq, where he served as a JAG officer in the 82nd Airborne, but the memories of his time there were still fresh, and, as he mingled about the room, he shared them with many of those he met. He told of leading convoys through a section of Baghdad called “Ambush Alley” and of prosecuting cases before Iraq’s Central Criminal Court. “When I was in Iraq,” Murphy would almost invariably say at