Airdate: Apr 07, 2021
Scientist: Peter Laufer
Long Live the Turtle
Can turtles help us live longer?
Long Live the TurtleTurtles are found all over the world, and yet many species are threatened or endangered due to habitat loss, pollution, poaching and by those who, inspired by turtles, want to live for a long time. I'm Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.Laufer: Turtle longevity is one of the magics that brings humans in contact with turtles. They feel that perhaps by engaging the animal, they can share that longevity, which is not unusual in some species, to extend 100 years plus. Turtles live a long time, and maybe there's a lesson in that slow moving, thoughtful appearance.Peter Laufer is the James Wallace chair professor of journalism at the University of Oregon's School of Journalism and Communication, and the author of the book, "Dreaming in Turtle". Laufer: There are those who believe that they need to do more than just be with a turtle, they have to consume the turtle or grind the turtle up and make potions with it. And that those kinds of activities will somehow infuse the human with that long living potential the turtle had, although the turtle died in the process.It is extremely hard for me to come to the conclusion after talking with experts regarding how turtles may affect longevity, to consider that consuming them in some manner or grinding them up and putting them somehow on our bodies would achieve longevity for us. Perhaps sitting with a turtle and slowing down and meditating might do it, but not grinding it up, and chowing it down.I'm Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet. To hear past episodes, check out our podcast.