- What is aging? Why does it happen? And what, if anything, can we do about it?
- Can we reverse aging, keeping or regaining the energy and stamina we had when we were young?
- As we age, we tend to experience problems such as memory loss, senility and dementia. Can this be prevented? Are there supplements, medications or lifestyle changes that might make a difference? What are they? Who recommends taking them, and why?
- There’s been a lot of buzz in the past few years about intermittent fasting, prolonged fasting, ad time-restricted eating. Can fasting really add years to our lives? What do animal studies tell us? The human studies? What are the dangers? If we want to try fasting, how can we do it safely?
- We all know about mitochondria, and their importance to longevity. But mitochondria wear out and get old too as the years go by. Are there ways to repair them, or replace them with undamaged ones? What are they? Do they really work?
- Are low carb diets really better for longevity? Or can there be benefits to eating carbs? Should we be eating more vegetables, or are animal foods equally important?
- Can vitamins, minerals, and other supplements slow or change the nature of the aging process? Which ones? And in what doses?
- What about NMN and NR, Niacin, NAD+, resveratrol, mTOR, telomeres, senescent cells, and stem cell rejuvenation? We’ll take a look at the current thinking about aging by people on the frontiers of the research, and why many ideas (and limitations) that were accepted only a few years ago, have recently been replaced by some exciting new possibilities.
- You’ll learn about what leading researchers including Dr. David Sinclair, Dr. Rhonda Patrick, Dr. Valter Longo, Dr. Aubrey De Grey, and others have been saying about aging and life extension –– where their ideas overlap, and where they differ –– and what we can take from them if our goal is to live long, healthy lives that might (possibly) exceed what many people think of as the maximum human lifespan.
I liked the combination of handouts, presentation, discussion, and reading student writing for feedback. The… combination of all of these separate tools helped reinforce concepts and make each two hour session productive and varied. Nils makes the classroom comfortable for people at all levels. Read more “”
What a wonderful experience your writing class is! I was amazed at what I was… able to produce in this short time, and I feel much more confident about what makes an interesting short story. The tone you set for the class was so constructive and instructive that you brought out the best in all of us. Thank you so much for this enriching class! Read more “”
Hi, Nils: You may not remember me, but a few years ago I took my first-ever creative… writing class with you …. The class had such a profound impact on me that I immediately applied to graduate programs to pursue a Master’s Degree in creative writing. I was fortunate to be accepted to a wonderful school in Los Angeles, and recently graduated with distinction. I have also completed my first novel, and many times throughout the writing/editing process, I would sometimes hear your voice in my head saying, “Show, don’t tell,” and, “Watch for excessive modifiers.” I also teach English now, and I’ve realized how meaningful it can be to hear from students who have valued your instruction. To that end, I want to thank you for giving me my first “push” and encouraging me to continue doing what I love. I plan to move back to Seattle in the coming months, and I hope I’ll run into you sometime so I can thank you in person. I hope you’re continuing to teach and to inspire. Read more “”
Thanks again for the short story writing class this quarter. I found your comments on… my stories, and other students’ stories, helpful and to the point. You said what you thought, but without trashing anybody. I also appreciated being able to hear other students’ comments on what I’d written. Read more “”
I liked the format, and the chance to things aloud…. hearing my own stories was… an eye-opener. Just hearing them, I could tell when they were working or where the cuts needed to be. It was also great having a chance to get so much feedback. Read more “”
I spent two years not writing and getting ragged about it. I have to say… that during your class I started writing and I’ve been writing my balls off ever since. It worked for me totally. Read more “”
I took it because I was “stuck” in journaling, and wanted to shake myself loose… and open up my writing abilities and inclinations in some new directions. Your suggestions and comments were great. I’m unstuck. Thank you!!!! I’ll be back in the fall to take the class again. Read more “”