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Nov 16, 2019

Affirmation of Life – essay about the book: The Denial of Death

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We all have the potential to pioneer this universe of wonders and discoveries, but we are like genies trapped in bottles. Not only that, the bottle is rusting away, and we have barely gotten to exercise our powers. Yet here we sit, instead of working on the situation, we do what we can to deny death and pretend it’s not happening. We fight tooth and nail for land, gold, traditions, landmarks, and policies, but when it comes to human life, the most valuable of all, something causes us to pull back and let it slide. If gold or a landmark had a genie in it then would it be less valuable?

The author of The Denial of Death, Ernest Becker, writes, “This is the paradox: he is out of nature and hopelessly in it; he is dual, up in the stars and yet housed in a heart-pumping, breath-gasping body that once belonged to a fish and still carries the gill-marks to prove it.” “Man is literally split in two: he has an awareness of his own splendid uniqueness in that he sticks out of nature with a towering majesty, and yet he goes back into the ground a few feet in order blindly and dumbly to rot and disappear forever.” What do you do in a position like that? What are the most sensible courses of action to take for apes wandering along, suddenly finding themselves alight with the vast powers of reflective cognition? Becker says we go mad driving ourselves blind with social and psychological games, that when faced with fight or flight, we flee into rationalizations and distractions.

Being “inauthentic” and “one dimensional”, people are “unable to transcend their social conditioning: the corporation men in the West, the bureaucrats in the East, the tribal men locked up in tradition—man everywhere who doesn’t understand what it means to think for himself and who, if he did, would shrink back at the idea of such audacity and exposure.” Having not completely figured out what it means to think independently yet, humanity as a whole just kind of sinks back into default positions of mimicry and whatever generates tribal acceptance and basic survival needs. When fighting the duality is considered, even the thought of getting a basic grip on it is overwhelming.

Nov 16, 2019

Another adult stem cell breakthrough

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Scientists have discovered yet another life-giving treatment for disease using adult stem cells, while the number of substantial medical breakthroughs from life-taking embryonic stem cell research remains essentially zero.

Neuromyelitis optica (NMO), also known as Devic’s disease, causes the immune system to react against the body’s own cells in the central nervous system, particularly the eyes and spinal cord. Those who contract the disease usually lose their eyesight and ability to walk within five years.

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Nov 16, 2019

Filipina High School Student Discovered ‘Aratiles’ Fruit as Potential Cure for Diabetes, Wins Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, education, engineering, science

This 16-year-old high school student from Iloilo went viral after discovering the properties of Aratiles fruit or Sarisa that can cure diabetes.

The young Filipina scientist was identified as Maria Isabel Layson, was one of the winners of the 2019 National Science and Technology Fair (NSTF), that was held last February.

She was also one of the 12 candidates sent to the International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Arizona USA to represent the Philippines in one of the biggest pre-college science research competition in the world and was the first in her batch to receive Gokongwei Brothers Foundation Young Scientist Award.

Nov 16, 2019

[FREE] Watch the Groundbreaking 8-Part Docu-series, ‘The Gut Solution’ (Starts July 1st)

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Did you know that obesity, autoimmune disease, diabetes, arthritis, depression, anxiety and eczema all have one thing in common? It’s the gut.

Nov 16, 2019

Welcome to cultured meat — not pigs reading Proust but a viable alternative to slaughter

Posted by in category: food

The meatball that shook the world has investors salivating.

Nov 16, 2019

Scientists find a new way to measure gravity

Posted by in category: futurism

Researchers develop a novel method to measure gravity that can get much more information.

Nov 16, 2019

New twist on CRISPR technology

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, food

In a classic episode of an old-school TV comedy called I Love Lucy, we see Lucille Ball stepping into an assembly line job at a candy factory. As the pace of the conveyor belt exceeds her ability to wrap the candy, the frenzy gets the best of her. She shoves candy into her pockets, into her hat, into her mouth—it’s a job fail.

As we know, faster doesn’t always mean better. And precision can take a big bite out of speed.

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Nov 16, 2019

Sleep deprivation makes you crave sugar

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Nov 16, 2019

Purified cannabidiol reduces seizures in patients with severe epilepsy

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Purified cannabidiol reduces seizures in patients with severe epilepsy, study shows.

Nov 16, 2019

Regular Crew Launches by SpaceX, Boeing Likely Won’t Start Until Summer 2020, NASA Inspector General Says

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A new report from NASA’s Office of Inspector General finds that regular commercial crew flights by private companies SpaceX and Boeing likely won’t begin until summer 2020, despite NASA’s push for spring 2020 targets.