Superstruct launches with Superthreats, a forecasting game for the masses!

If you are particularly fascinated by the future and enjoy playing games the following is something you should be involved and interested in. Superstruct, the world’s first massively multiplayer forecasting game started today with Superthreat scenarios by 2019. Game founder Jane McGonigal writes in a message sent to the members of Facebook Group the dedicated… Continue reading Superstruct launches with Superthreats, a forecasting game for the masses!

What you get when you multiply the same ideas by different inventors!

Malcolm Gladwell has a nice, but a bit Microsoft heavy essay on scientific/technological multiples, ie. the phenomenon of simultaneous discovery in New Yorker: In the Air Gladwell argues that it is always misleading to apply the paradigm of artistic invention to scientific/technological invention and he is probably right. Two sections just for your appetite: “This… Continue reading What you get when you multiply the same ideas by different inventors!

36 Life extension idea killers: mental practice for the pros!

Today’s meditation is for serious healthy life extension supporters to consider the following 36 – general and sometimes corporate – idea killers concerning our little project: 1. We tried that already 2. We’ve never done anything like that before. 3. Has anyone ever done anything like that before? 4. That never works 5. You’re fired… Continue reading 36 Life extension idea killers: mental practice for the pros!

2008 Edge Annual Question: What data have changed your mind? Why?

The science part is emphasized in the title of this post on the 2008 Edge Annual Question, which is again well formulated and thought provoking. The whole question embraces science, philosophy and religion (left). Last year I had my own answer to the question: 2007 Edge Optimistic Question: systemic regenerative medicine, this year I am… Continue reading 2008 Edge Annual Question: What data have changed your mind? Why?

The Gonzo Scientist on IdeaCity in Science and on the web

If you compare the Nature and the Science front pages (which is not the topic of the current post) you can notice a big difference: there are a lot of “web 2.0″ish fresh features on the Nature site while significantly fewer on the Science counterpart. Now Science came up with a new, less academic and… Continue reading The Gonzo Scientist on IdeaCity in Science and on the web

There are not any natural born stem cell researchers! Just newbies.

Stem cell biology and regenerative medicine as an institutionally specified discipline is quite young, about a decade old. So it is no surprise that there is not a thing as a natural born stem cell researcher. All the famous researchers, the founding fathers and mothers came from other disciplines and studied something else as undergrads… Continue reading There are not any natural born stem cell researchers! Just newbies.

Accidental influentials meet life extension: a breakthrough idea for 2007

Most of us believe that the massive spreading of an idea through the channels of society, say, ‘big-scale life extension technology is possible and worth realizing’, depends on highly influential people’s production and characteristics. So hardcore life extension supporters tend to think if Aubrey de Grey or Ray Kurzweil will hold another 120-120 presentations in… Continue reading Accidental influentials meet life extension: a breakthrough idea for 2007

2007 Edge Optimistic Question: systemic regenerative medicine

The Edge Annual Question — 2007 for science and technology driven people is: What are you optimistic about? Why? In my opinion it seems rational to be optimistic about things which are in my range or at least I can do something for them. So being a stem cell biologist I am really optimistic about… Continue reading 2007 Edge Optimistic Question: systemic regenerative medicine

Mark Hamalainen, the MitoSENS fellow: blogterview on life extension

Mark Hamalainen is a young PhD student at Cambridge University at the mitochondrion lab of Ian Holt. Mark received a Bachelor of Science Honours degree in biochemistry and computing from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. He also had research training as a visiting scholar at the California Institute of Technology and the Biodesign Institute at… Continue reading Mark Hamalainen, the MitoSENS fellow: blogterview on life extension

JoVE stats: blogosphere and Nature News traffic before official launch

The first official issue of the new biological video protocol site JoVE or Journal of Visualized Experiments will be available today 11 pm EST, November 30, 2006. The graph shows November traffic in term of unique visitors, first 2.5 weeks mainly uploaders, authors, editors and editors’ friends used the page, from 17th there was a… Continue reading JoVE stats: blogosphere and Nature News traffic before official launch

Questions to contra life extensionists: rational pitfalls

Critical thinking is crucial to every successful scientific and technological project. In order to consider any attempt to the extension of life in details,we have to take a look at the other side of the coin. So in the future I try to blogterview some experts, scholars, philosophers, activists, …who are opposing some concrete points… Continue reading Questions to contra life extensionists: rational pitfalls

Maximum Life’s James Clement: what can a lawyer do for life extension?

James Clement is an attorney and serial entrepreneur. He is the Chief Operating Officer of Maximum Life Foundation which supports aging and life extension research with a mature and secure VC fund strategy (next blogterviewee, David Kekich, C.E.O. of MaxLife). 1. What is the story of your life extension commitment? I have been interested in… Continue reading Maximum Life’s James Clement: what can a lawyer do for life extension?

Blogterview with Aubrey de Grey: life extension stories

Aubrey de Grey is the man, who first made serious, scientifically conceptualized life extension speech acceptable within scholarly circles through good timing, well-done strategy and with a little bit of luck. The rest is … (I’ve slightly modified the original question 4 and separated questions concerning the probable technologies of moderate and maximum life extension.)… Continue reading Blogterview with Aubrey de Grey: life extension stories

Ouroboros’ Chris Patil: answers to life extension questions I.

Ouroboros is a weblog mainly for people in the life sciences focusing on the different aspects of aging research through scanning articles published in peer-review journals. The blogger behind is Chris Patil, a postdoctoral fellow, currently working with Judith Campisi in the Life Sciences division of the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, California. If Fight Aging!… Continue reading Ouroboros’ Chris Patil: answers to life extension questions I.

5 simple questions to life extension supporters, 1 plus for bloggers

My plan is to make short interviews using the same 6 questions with today’s life extension supporters/bloggers around the blogosphere. The first answerer will be Reason, the engine behind Fight Aging! and Longevity Meme. Here are the questions: 1. What is the story of your life extension commitment? 2. Is it a commitment for moderate… Continue reading 5 simple questions to life extension supporters, 1 plus for bloggers

Early science protocol video: OpenWetWare Drosophila CHiP

One previous post of Pimm was about the advantages of online, open source-like science protocol videos. So thanks to Sri Kosuri, here is an early sample protocol movie (3 parts) made by John Cumbers on the preparation of fixed chromatin from Drosophila embryos to use the DNA in a genomic array technology, developed in Rob… Continue reading Early science protocol video: OpenWetWare Drosophila CHiP

Science: video protocols can help to share the tacit dimension

Matias Pasquali has a short piece in recent Nature Magazine on the upcoming role of DIY videos in protocol sharing between scientists: “Probably the most feasible approach is to publish movies describing the methods, a service already offered by some publications and protocol websites, but which could become routine. Much more information on the essential… Continue reading Science: video protocols can help to share the tacit dimension

Factors to consider before saying YES to the extension of life

A study at the University of Queensland, Australia examined community attitudes to the extension of life headed by project Research Manager Dr Mair Underwood (left): Dr Underwood said the most important consideration was quality of life as participants did not want to spend their extra years in a nursing home. But study participants also mentioned… Continue reading Factors to consider before saying YES to the extension of life

Can partial immortalization be permissible to those who can buy it?

In the last philosophical-political section of Pimm I tried to delineate how to protect the right for partial immortalization when the costs of the treatment are extremely high. After it turned out that on the grounds of equal dignity it is hard to make the treatment impossible for those, who can afford it, the second… Continue reading Can partial immortalization be permissible to those who can buy it?

Why is the moral problem of extending human lifespan is inevitable?

Let us see a philosophical connection between euthanasy and life extension: As the moral problem of ending human life is inevitable , so inevitable a moral problem is the extending of human lifespan, and exactly for the same two reasons as terminating life namely i., the pluralisation of world views and attitudes of life, some… Continue reading Why is the moral problem of extending human lifespan is inevitable?

Joining the healthy life extension community

Influential daily news article about the pimmblog on The Longevity Meme by Reason. Now LM is one of the main web channel of the worldwide but small life extension community, so it is an honor indeed. Remember: we live in a niche, niche world. Today healthy and maximum life extension is in the minds of… Continue reading Joining the healthy life extension community

More Life: Pro-Tech campaign for life extension&regenerative medicine

The web will transform politics too: Campaigns Wikia was launched about two weeks ago by Wikipedia-founder Jimmy Wales and the Mission Statement took the form of An open letter to the blogosphere Here is my idea: online-offline Pro-Tech campaign&happening for life extension&regenerative medicine&biotech which fits well for the participatory politics-driven spirit of Campaigns Wikia and… Continue reading More Life: Pro-Tech campaign for life extension&regenerative medicine

Why do we have the right to partially immortalize ourselves, if it is possible?

Here are three arguments for the pro-pimm activists, in a nutshell. You can decide the order of strength between them, and it depens on the hierarchy of your background assumptions. Later I explore the detailed structure of the arguments. The first is based on the main premiss that to be alive is better than to… Continue reading Why do we have the right to partially immortalize ourselves, if it is possible?

The parameters of a partially immortalized individual

According to the pimm script the parameters of a partially immortalized individual are: -the individual is continuously and voluntarily under regeneration treatment, its own body parts are partially regenerated. – the individual could quit out of the regeneration treatment voluntarily at any stadium without harming his health, and can choose normal (evolutionary made and fixed)… Continue reading The parameters of a partially immortalized individual

Maximum and/or radical life extension?

A crucial terminological and conceptual point, which came into my mind, when I read this old Fight Aging! post: When experts, even the most comitted proponents are talking about radical life extension, they usually mention only a few hundreds or thousands years, and then put the enigmatic "more" tag at the end, but they are… Continue reading Maximum and/or radical life extension?

Why is partial immortalization theoretically and technologically possible?

There are two main arguments supporting our modal statement: i., negative: there is not any particular natural law, neither biological, nor physical which excludes this possibility. ii., positive: we could extrapolate the technological draft of a regeneration treatment of the whole human body from the present results and methods of regenerative medicine. Concerning the first… Continue reading Why is partial immortalization theoretically and technologically possible?

What is (and is not) partial immortalization?

The aim of regenerative medicine is to regenerate all tissues and organs of the human body with the help of stem cells’ regenerative potential. Theoretically if all tissues and organs of an adult body were regenerated once, then it could be regenerated two and eventually n times. (Think of the scheme of a Proof by… Continue reading What is (and is not) partial immortalization?

Let’s write a book about partial immortalization now online!

Hi, I am Attila Chordash (say tshor-dash) = Attila Csordás (Hungarian), a last year PhD student, a trained molecular biologist and biotechnologist, and my topic is stem cell biology, tissue engineering, regenerative medicine. I got a master’s degree in philosophy too. My plan here is to write an online book (bloog, blook) about Partial immortalization… Continue reading Let’s write a book about partial immortalization now online!