Viser arkivet for stikkord living

Doctorate in being alive.

Quality over quantity is a common expression when it comes to how long people want to live. But if the quality of life is so low being alive in itself is not enough, there may be a problem, not with what you own, what you do or what you consume, but how good you are at living, which comes from what you know.

It takes 14 years to become a neurosurgeon, after 4 years of college. So it takes 18 years to become so good at neuroscience that they trust you to use the knowledge how you see fit, to operate in someones brain. How long do you learn before you are trusted to use the knowledge how you see fit in order to decide what you want to do for a living, where you want to live, how long you want to live, who you want to live with and so forth? 18 years. How long do you think it actually takes to become as good at being alive as a neurosurgeon is at operating in your brain? I leave that to you to think about, so you can decide for yourself how much education you need/needed to become a Doctor in the scientific field of being alive.

You are what you know, so I link to the best documentary series I have found, and ask if you have ever seen someone among the best in the world in something, being bored.

So you think you do not want to live forever?

Everything we do, we do to live longer than if we did not do those things. We bite off pieces of vegetables and meat and cut it into crumbs with our teeth, then we apply enzymes to it (spit) that start to disolve for example starch into sugar. We hunted to live weeks longer, we planted wheat to live a year longer, now today, we get an education over decades, to get a job that will provide food and therefore survival for half a century. We avoid things that are usually bad for our health (bad smells, sights, sounds, liquids and real danger). We try to not become un-sanitized, and clean ourselves when we fail at that task, we clean our teeth and hair to improve health. Even having a pet increases life-expectancy. Pretty much anything you do, makes you live longer than if you did not do it.

So when Aubrey de Grey or someone else speaks of replacing cells in your body and rejuvenating the ones that can not be replaced (like braincells), don’t make the mistake of asking “why would anyone want to live for a thousand years?”, because you already want to live longer, and when you have lived longer, you will want to live even longer, and when you have lived even longer, you will want to live even longer than that. The only reason old people don’t appear to want to live much longer (and say they don’t want to live longer), is because they become unable to do all those things that make them live longer (mostly on a cellular level, the cells stop doing their job as well because they aren’t being replaced by brand new cells as well as before).
The problem however, is that not you nor I have a gene that makes us fear dieing of cardiovascular diseases which 29% of people die from, or cancer which 12,49% die from. And without feeling fear of something, how does one avoid it? Well, by thinking about it differently, to find a reason good enough for you to bother exercising, eating less and doing whatever science has shown makes us live longest. It is the same for qutting smoking, those that do for health reeasons usually make it and usually make it without help, those that do because of other worse reasons rarely make it. The reason has to be good enough for the individual to stick with it.
It also helps to do the easy stuff that will increase health, like donating money to medical research, and donating processing-power to medical research, and heating your home with processing-power for medical research, doing ten push ups, biking/running around the house once or twice as fast as possible, eating one less burger by not going into a fast-food place this month, eating one more slice of bread instead of snacks, taking up an active hobby like gardening (grow some healthy potatoes or other vegetables), heat the greenhouse with processing-power for medical research, put up solar panels and heat the barbecue-area with processing-power for medical research. When some of that is done, getting someone else to donate money and/or processing-power to medical research and to get them to heat their house with processing-power to medical research, get someone to get an education in medical research, tell people you want to live longer now that you already live best which will perhaps also make them want to live longer.

Personally, the donating processing power to medical research and getting others to do it as well is what I’m most excited about. Just a computer here and a computer there, running a program on the 99% of the processor capacity we don’t use and a few minutes of internet time every night. Every computer can do so many calculations in a year it is measured with 14 zeros. Just one CPU core can model 4 to 10 molecules every day, thats 1460 to 3650 molecules every year, and a cheap 5 000 kroner computer today can have 8 CPU cores, that’s 32 to 80 molecules per day, 11 680 to 29 200 each year, and a video-card can do ten to a hundred times more work (ten to a hundred times more complex molecules more often than thousands of small molecules).

So go forth, and accept the fact that you want to live forever, let the entertainers worry about how to keep us entertained that long.

PS: Medical research program for all computers: http://docking.cis.udel.edu/ and here is a medical research program for those who have “nvidia” high-end video cards: http://www.gpugrid.net/

More life, not more money.

To make as much money as possible we have to study alot in school and do well on tests so that we get a good résumé and a well-paying job. We need to invest our money wisely, buy low and sell high, and the perhaps most important thing is to waste the least amount of money possible, on things that do not give a good return on investment. There are books, businesses, schools, DVDs, music, television shows and a thousand other things that all have information on how to make money.
How bizarre is it then that the amount of information about how to live long is so dwarfed by the amount of information about how to make money? The scientific area of how to be healthy and live long is littered with myths and norms about what is good and what is bad, what makes us healthy and what makes us unhealthy, and what makes us live long lives and what makes us live short lives. Don’t get me wrong, the scientific area of how to make money is also subject of many myths and norms that are rarely questioned, but there is no myth that says it is inevitable that one becomes poor, there is however a myth that say death is inevitable. Therefore, we accept however long we will live with our current lifestyle, but we do not accept however much money we will make with our current lifestyle.

So, I have decided to give the secret to infinite money-making in the hopes that our blind chase for money will make us chase down practically infinite lifespans through technology. If you make a medicine or regiment of medicines that make someone live long enough for you to make another medicine or regiment of medicines that again boosts their life with enough time for your next medicine or treatment regiment to be finished, you can keep them alive indefinetly. Now, how is this a money-making machine you ask? Consider how much money you can make from someone that signs a contract that is legally binding for an infinite number of years, when your product is to keep them alive and healthy for an infinite number of years, so that they can work and pay for an infinite number of years. Every single piece of information will have an infinite amount of time in which it gives a return on investment, which by definition will be infinite. It also happens to be such that it is not an infinite number of cells in a human body so it is not an infinite amount of investment that is needed, at some point, inevitably, no more investment is needed to keep the customer healthy and alive. This is actually something that will happen relatively quickly, just consider the rate at which computer power doubles (every two years or so), which makes computational biology advance twice as fast every two years or so. Genetic research is largely computational and is a large part of life-extension research, other areas of life-extension research is also largely computational. Thus it is largely accepted in the life-extension field that in a houndred years or so the human lifespan will be so long that life-extension knowledge progress faster than the aging process, thus making people in practice, immortal (not bullet-proof or anything like that, just too healthy to die of any virus or illness). The trick is to make it happen soon enough for as many as possible to use the knowledge, soon enough for you that read this to live forever. Speeding up the time when we become practically immortal by a single year would mean you have saved millions of people that would otherwise have died. And death by “natural causes” is not pretty, its most often painfull, takes a long time, and often it involves stuff coming out at both ends and more often than not it is lonely. It is no coincidence that many people want to die before they actually die. But this is where we should use logic. I know I am scared of death because I know exactly how terrified I am of heights, even though my genes tell me not to worry about death by “Natural causes”. And logically I know I should asume I will be as scared of death by natural causes as I am of falling to my death from a great height. It is only my genes that make me feel like death many decades into the future is less of a threat than an immediate threat (like a lion entering the room, which makes us do whatever it takes to survive). We should use logic to tell ourselves to do whatever it takes to survive death by “natural causes”.
If we are half as intelligent as we like to say we are we will stop ignoring death by “natural causes” with the promise of eternal life in heaven, and instead put our money and time and effort into something with tangible bennefits (to use a money-making term).

I’d much rather want to be young, healthy and to live forever with a crappy job with a low paygrade than live for a centillion years with a trillion dollars in annual income. Because the difference between infinite and X is allways infinite. I hope you choose the first choice the next time you come across someone or something that wants to grant you only one wish. More importantly I hope you spend your money and time and effort in extending your life with proven methods, and that you do whatever you can to speed up the life-extension train, so that it gets here as quick as possible.