Two Views Of Death: The Scientist And The Novelist

Here are two completely different ways of looking at death. One is a completely objective, coldly beautiful perspective. The other is deeply personal and troubling. Both are worth reading.

Here’s the scientific view:

Your probability of dying during a given year doubles every 8 years. For me, a 25-year-old American, the probability of dying during the next year is a fairly minuscule 0.03% — about 1 in 3,000. When I’m 33 it will be about 1 in 1,500, when I’m 42 it will be about 1 in 750, and so on. By the time I reach age 100 (and I do plan on it) the probability of living to 101 will only be about 50%. This is seriously fast growth — my mortality rate is increasing exponentially with age.

This is from the blog Gravity and Levity written by a young physicist, Brian Skinner….

A very different view of death comes from the novelist Margaret Drabble. Writing in the Guardian, she writes about the implications of “artificially prolonged old age”:

As we move into our unwanted last decade, we will, entirely predictably, become lonelier and lonelier and more and more likely to suffer from dementia and more and more expensive to maintain.

Click here to read the full post on Forbes.


English: Skull and crossbones



  1. Scientists only think without expectations but novelist write with expectations or sorrow

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