Tübingen International Fall School (TIFS) 2016

We grow older than ever before in human history: people born today can expect a lifespan greater than a century. But where the individual sees promises of a long life, our society faces a fundamental transition – and we are only beginning to perceive its effects. Moreover, old age is associated with worries and fears. So it comes as no surprise that the public discourse on aging is also a discourse of crisis. Science, art and philosophy are starting to make a convincing case that the process of ageing can be adequately described, perhaps not only as a mere degeneration, but as a transformation. The organisms and their brains constantly adapt, allowing us not only to compensate age-related decline but also to draw on formerly unavailable capabilities. Society as a…

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