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05/15/04 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: General
Here is an interesting article on studies that compare your social position to your life expectancy. According to the article, a researcher, Sir Michael Marmot, a British epidemiologist, finds that by studying British civil servents, he has established a relationship between status in a job (top or bottom end of the pay scale) and life expectancy.

There are quite a few critics who say that there are still too many variables and others who simply don't agree.

Some other interesting findings: In groups of studied apes, the leaders typically had a longer life span, unless they were constantly fighting to maintain that leadership position.

Another interesting finding: Actors who win Oscars live on average 4 years longer than actors who have only been nominated.

Here was my favorite quote, however:

Certainly, people deeply value status. Ask yourself which scenario you would prefer: an income of $125,000 when the average of those around you is $100,000; or an income of $175,000 when those around you is $200,000. Most people surveyed chose the $125,000 — a higher relative status — even though they would be worse off in absolute terms.

That's been the case for a long time, says Robert Evans, an economist at the University of British Columbia who has studied the link between status and health. Even Julius Caesar remarked, "I would rather be first in a little Iberian village than second in Rome."


I can't imagine taking the $125k. What silly things people do because they lack self confidence.

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Comment from: Babba Booey [Visitor]
What silly things people do because they lack self confidence.


Write a blog?

Hide from achievement?

Censor the IP addresses of dissenters?

Your mercury argument is still bullshit.

Bush's proposal actually moves closer to a solution.

05/28/04 @ 18:13
Comment from: DAvid [Visitor]
From the movie Casablanca:

Ugarte: You detest me, don't you?
Rick: If I gave you any thought, I probably would.
06/07/04 @ 22:07
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