A wake-up call?

March 5, 2004

Russell Foster ("The clock ticks as life follows its own rhythms", February ) raises important questions. If we are awake 22 hours out of 24, will we live proportionately shorter lives? Might we die at 58 instead of 80?

In her recent short story Wake Island , science-fiction writer Ursula le Guin imagines a society that has modified a gene to produce people who never sleep. The subjects grow up to be "asomnic" adults who live permanently in a state of "waking unconsciousness", aware of their surroundings but with no social relations. I'll settle for eight hours a night.

Pam Lunn

Please login or register to read this article.

Register to continue

Get a month's unlimited access to THE content online. Just register and complete your career summary.

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Most Commented

Universities in most nations are now obliged to prioritise graduate career prospects, but how it should be approached depends on your view of the meaning of education. Academics need to think that through much more clearly, says Tom Cutterham


Featured jobs

Cleaning and Campus Services Manager

St Marys University, Twickenham

Human Resources Adviser

Royal Holloway, University Of London

Leading Cleaner

University Of Bristol