Advances in Gerontology

, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp 37–40 | Cite as

Is It Possible to Rejuvenate the Aging Global Civilization?

  • A. V. Makrushin
  • N. V. Aladin
  • A. S. Vasiliev


Society is not only a social, but also a biological, system. The growing complexity of biological systems inevitably leads to the loss of their potential immortality and to the emergence of the aging. The aging of the present-day civilization is evidenced by the problems that have accumulated in it. The question of whether its collapse can be stopped depends on the answer to a more general question of whether this supraorganismal system, which, due to growth of structural complexity, has acquired the property of aging, can, without losing the complexity that has been achieved, return to its ancestral potential immortality. A positive response is given to this question. There are supraorganismal systems that have been liberated from the necessity of aging. These are communities of social insects. Some of them were initially moral, but, in the course of evolution, have lost the aging attribute. Therefore, complex supraorganismal systems, including presentday civilization, can return to their ancestral potential immortality without losing their achieved structural complexity. The main obstacle to rejuvenating civilization is not the nature of things, but the mindset of human beings.


aging of civilizations parametabolic theory of aging social insects 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. V. Makrushin
    • 1
  • N. V. Aladin
    • 2
  • A. S. Vasiliev
    • 1
  1. 1.Papanin Institute of Biology of Inland WatersRussian Academy of SciencesBorok, Yaroslavl oblastRussia
  2. 2.Zoological InstituteRussian Academy of SciencesSt. PetersburgRussia

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