The Puzzling Gap Between How Old You Are and How Old You Think You Are

February 23, 2023

The gulf between how old we are and how old we believe ourselves to be can often be measured in light-years—or at least a goodly number of old-fashioned Earth ones. He continued: “Medieval Christian theologians asked the intriguing question ‘How old are people in heaven?’ The dominant answer: 33. Other people do this too, just starting at a younger age—25—and Rubin has a theory about why this might be. But there are other populations around the globe for whom it is not necessary to feel younger. You don’t fret about seeming old, because hey, you really are old!