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Posted 2/12/13

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Because it's fucking stupid. The world is able to support over 40 billion people.


But does the world really want or need that many people? My vote goes to no.
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What line of research are you in? Have you published in any journals? I'm always trying to read up on the current trends in medical research and technology. I Also, you are absolutely correct gaining research funding from a disreputable source will almost certainly if not invalidate your findings they would be questioned.


Neuropharmacology, and I'm in grad school and haven't published yet. Hopefully by this time next year I'll have two or three manuscripts accepted. I am investigating the usefulness of selective alpha 7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor agonists to mitigate the cognitive defects associated with mood disorders and antidepressant treatment, and the anxiolytic and neurotrophic effects of selective beta estrogen receptor agonists alone and coadministered with alpha 7 nAChR agonists. My long-term goals include discovery of novel, fast-acting treatments for mood and memory disorders that bypass the serotoninergic pathway.

How about you?

I love it when women talk all nerdy... All kidding aside I’m a returning student. My first degree was in photography. I was classically trained, by that I mean my instructor hated digital and forbid its use. During my formal training I did not touch a digital camera until my 3rd year of traditional instruction. That has kind of stayed with me even now. I have a general disdain for digital even though that is mostly what I use when I freelance. It lacks a certain something. I used to like going into the darkroom and coming out hours later reeking of chemicals and depending on the process used chemically stained hands. I was trained in traditional darkroom techniques as well as more obscure alternate process techniques such as the Collodin Process. Very fun, very hard, and a bit dangerous no innuendo meant. Though as photographers we do tend to play around in the dark. Here is a link to show how it’s done http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gyf8fQOdvDs. Next would be the cyanotype this process uses two chemicals Potassium ferricyanide and Ferric ammonium citrate are mixed in a 1-1 ratio. Us photographers like our chemicals. This was all fine and good until the economy went south and people stopped buying art. I could have worked for a paper or a studio I suppose but No, I don’t want to jingle keys to get the kids to look at the camera. So, back to school and freelance during my free time. This time I am getting my B.A. in East Asian Studies with a concentration in Japanese and a sub concentration in Chinese Literature and Drama. My main focus in Japanese is on the legal system and the military developments between 1134 CE and the Meiji Restoration of 1868 CE marked my Commodore Perry bringing his 黒船 (kurofune) or Black Ships as they would be translated into English. My pet project though is finish my paper on how the traditional folklore such as the Yōkai and their ilk have manifested themselves and influenced society both historically as well as in modern society. We can see many examples of course in the media manga, and anime but their influence is also in everyday things such as signs warning children to stay away from water. We see the kappa-maki in every sushi restaurant. You can order kitsune-udon or fried tofu udon as fried tofu is the favorite food of the kitsune. The presence and influence Japanese Folklore has had is ubiquitous it can be seen virtually everywhere. The origin of the can be traced to Patrick Lafcadio Hearn. So basically I spend my days in old books trying to read old legends in a dead version of Japanese. I’m not great at the Classical Japanese so mostly I rely on works others have translated. My only time out of books is when I do field work. I go and collect accounts of these stories that pertain to the folklore. It is interesting that as times have changed so have the tales there are many modern “Yōkai” though I dislike using the term for the modern legends such as Aoi Kami Aka Kami or Aka Manto or Kuchisake-onna.
Neuropharmacology sounds fascinating though. It certainly sounds more exciting that looking through old books all day. Working in a lab must be great. I look forward to your developments. We'll be reading about your revolutionary developments one day. Especially the treatments for memory disorders. Alzheimer's runs in my family. I’ll admit most of the research I do in the medical field related to genetics and genetic engineering as can be applied to gene therapies. Specifically the potential treatment of NF-1. Nf-1 is caused by a mutation of a gene on the long arm of chromosome 17 which encodes a protein known as neurofibromin which plays a role in cell signaling. The Neurofibromin 1 gene is a negative regulator of the RAS oncogene signal transduction pathway. It stimulates the GTPase activity of RAS. It manafests greater affinity for RAS p21 protein activator 1, but has lower specific activity. The mRNA for this gene is subject to RNA editing that result in a premature translation termination. I have a vested interest in that particular area of study. Apart from that I also like to read up on the development on nano medicine as I believe that there is great potential there.

Sorry, for any mistakes or lack of cohesion. It's 0430 here and I have not had any psycho-stimulants (NOS) in far too long). My brain is fried.

P.S Black Lagoon is Made of Awesome

P.P.S Cyanotype image by Anna Atkins best know cyanotype Photographer



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Posted 2/12/13

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-Vega- wrote:




Because it's fucking stupid. The world is able to support over 40 billion people.


But does the world really want or need that many people? My vote goes to no.


Export societies to desolate parts of the earth, increase the output of renewable resources, and you won't even notice a difference. The 3-4 billion living in China almost live exclusively on the very eastern edge of China where there is ocean. Build artificial lakes or underground networks to supply water to all of the nation, and you can easily have 15+ billion living in china alone. All of it out of sight, and out of mind. Making absolutely zero impact on your own life.

So where my vote goes? I don't give it a vote. I don't think it matters one way or another. If we can do it, cool. If not, whatever.
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If they cure cancer, go for it.
Otherwise no.
Cause then the technology would keep improving until everyone lives a really really long time, and then Earth would get overpopulated and we would have to resort to methods of population control ie. the hunger games or a zombie apocalypse or mass lock up in a room and leave for a few years.

People can get annoying. We don't need that many of them...
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Posted 2/12/13 , edited 2/12/13

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If they cure cancer, go for it.
Otherwise no.
Cause then the technology would keep improving until everyone lives a really really long time, and then Earth would get overpopulated and we would have to resort to methods of population control ie. the hunger games or a zombie apocalypse or mass lock up in a room and leave for a few years.

People can get annoying. We don't need that many of them...


Why cancer? Heart disease kills far more people than cancer. Infact, cancers about 10th on the list of mortality..
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purplevodka wrote:

If they cure cancer, go for it.
Otherwise no.
Cause then the technology would keep improving until everyone lives a really really long time, and then Earth would get overpopulated and we would have to resort to methods of population control ie. the hunger games or a zombie apocalypse or mass lock up in a room and leave for a few years.

People can get annoying. We don't need that many of them...


No. If you read the thread, you would realize that this is not that case. Especially the reference to The Hunger Games. The Hunger Games were meant to show the people who was in control and boast to other nations. Progress towards longer longevity is very gradual. No huge "shifts" will suddenly smack us all in the face causing chaos. The earth becoming overpopulated is a theory with many loose ends, and is something that would be solved, very gradually, in pace with the increase of our lifespans.

Nothing will happen over night. So sleep well, because everything will be peachy.
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Pretty picture. I taught a chemistry lab in which we did cyanotypes. I also think reading old legends in a dead language is interesting, especially because it gives anime and manga more depth and makes it more interesting. As for RAS - everything modulates or is modulated by RAS, right? I think we are in the same time zone, but I think I've given up on sleeping tonight.

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Pretty picture. I taught a chemistry lab in which we did cyanotypes. I also think reading old legends in a dead language is interesting, especially because it gives anime and manga more depth and makes it more interesting. As for RAS - everything modulates or is modulated by RAS, right? I think we are in the same time zone, but I think I've given up on sleeping tonight.



By any chance, are you Amy? It's a compliment I swear!



Oh yeah, and could you tell me what you know of schizo-affective disorder? I read that you have an interest in affective disorders, so I was wondering if you know much about it because I am interested. I've read a good deal on it, but I get the feeling that you might know a lot of things about it that I don't.

I have it by the way.
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Pretty picture. I taught a chemistry lab in which we did cyanotypes. I also think reading old legends in a dead language is interesting, especially because it gives anime and manga more depth and makes it more interesting. As for RAS - everything modulates or is modulated by RAS, right? I think we are in the same time zone, but I think I've given up on sleeping tonight.



I'm in NY it's 0500 sleep is out of the question. The higher functions of my brain are fried. Guess tomorrow I'll be fueled by 5 hour and NOS though it's horrible for you. I've liked medicine to my family history. There is cancer, Alzheimer's and NF-1 in my family. That is only counting from my grandfather forward. My father and I both have NF-1 and my father had cancer successfully sent into remission. With these genetic inheritances I know I'm in trouble. I just hope that the development of medicine will outpace what's coming. I love Black Lagoon it's my favorite anime. I think Eda is my favorite character. The Hansel + Gretel arc was warped. I see you are also a supporter of the FSM that's great. Full Pirate Regalia ! As for the RAS the description of the NF I pulled directly from an NF web page. I wanted to be accurate and did not trust my memory.
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Posted 2/12/13

mipegg wrote:


purplevodka wrote:

If they cure cancer, go for it.
Otherwise no.
Cause then the technology would keep improving until everyone lives a really really long time, and then Earth would get overpopulated and we would have to resort to methods of population control ie. the hunger games or a zombie apocalypse or mass lock up in a room and leave for a few years.

People can get annoying. We don't need that many of them...


Why cancer? Heart disease kills far more people than cancer. Infact, cancers about 10th on the list of mortality..


I know but... where I am, 1 in 2 get cancer during their lifetime. My country has one of the highest rates for skin cancer and I got burnt as just recently. There's also a fair chunk of my relies who got breast cancer, so already I have a crazy risk for developing cancer sometime. So, I guess you could say I'm a tad freaked about that.

Call me selfish, but I'd prefer a cure for cancer. A lot of heart diseases can be avoided by exercising and eating right.
Posted 2/12/13
A Panacea for all ailments is a nice thought. As it is, too many people die through disease. But also the amount of change humanity would have to go through...
People living lives twice as long as now? The economy would probably be in shambles. It could cause a catastrophe the likes of which I could write a series of novels about. The world would probably implode in on its self pretty much, and we'd end up living in a barren wasteland, where the technology and politics known to us today, is all but a shadow, and violence wins the day.

Or, probably not. But to counter such a dilemma, only the richest of the rich would be able to afford it - At least until we've had time to prepare for what might come. I wonder if any governments have a "People living twice as long" contingency plan...
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I believe that the future of medicine--immortality could be something very achievable, the main cause of someone's death is cancer... after ages 40 or 50, the chance of getting cancer increases dramatically, if scientists could find a way to stop cells from making replication errors... this cancer problem could be solved. Obviously with such advancement, you'd expect them to be able to maintain the youthfulness of every other cells in the body such as neurons and muscle cells.


However, even with such advancement in medicine, it won't prevent people from dying prematurely due to car accidents, food poisoning or microorganism (such as HIV).
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Posted 2/12/13
If we all just die. We wont have anything to get sick of.
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Posted 2/12/13

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The cure to every disease is death lol


Awww...I was gonna say that.....
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I don't like most people. I am fine with them having shorter lives.


OMG....being annoyed for several more years.......I think that if lifespans increase, so would the homicide rates....
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