Questionably Intelligent Design

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So, why would anyone pay $750,000 for a loft with concave floors (meant to throw you off-balance), misplaced light switches (you have to grope around for), and a garish aesthetic only a McDonald's Playland could appreciate. Well, because it's all supposed to make you live longer of course! According to architects Shusaku Arakawa and Madeline Gins, "comfort leads to degeneration, and ultimately, death" so they designed a house that keeps your brain sharp and your body on your toes. They also advise that you fumble through the loft at least once a day in complete darkness. But before you start shaking your head too dismissively, studies with lab mice and humans suggest that living in an "enriched environment" which throws curves at your body and mind, can hinder the effects aging.
(via June's Wired magazine)

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