Friday, July 31, 2015

cool vid

Friday, July 24, 2015

Yet more evidence for programmed aging

Morimoto and Labbadia found the genetic switch occurs between two major tissues in an organism that determine the future of the species: the germline and the soma (the body tissues of the animal, such as muscle cells and neurons). Once the germline has completed its job and produced eggs and sperm -- necessary for the next generation of animals -- it sends a signal to cell tissues to turn off protective mechanisms, starting the decline of the adult animal...
"In a system where we can actually do the experiments, we discover a switch that is very precise for aging," he said. "All these stress pathways that insure robustness of tissue function are essential for life, so it was unexpected that a genetic switch is literally thrown eight hours into adulthood, leading to the simultaneous repression of the heat shock response and other cell stress responses."

The germline starts the slow suicide mechanism known as aging.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

cool vid

Nice quote

“The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.”-Richard Dawkins

nice quotes

Originally Posted by Wilsongt 
Well, for some Republicans, you're damned if you do damned if you don't if you happen to be a poor woman on welfare. Your stigmatized for wanting an abortion and then almost punished for having a child by the way the GOP insist on cutting social support programs for the poor and them insist on calling those women leeches.

That's an entirely different discussion, though.
"Also stigmatized for using birth control or asking it to be covered by insurance and such."-Pau, neogaf thread

Post on christianity over at kurzweilai

I am afraid I am out of energy and enthusiasm for this topic.
Spike signing off for now.-Spikosauropod, kurzweilai
Humanity has existed for over 100,000 years. Presumably all of these humans, if they're good, and all of those who do not hear of christianity now or in the future are so-called "saved". What purpose does the existence of that religion serve other than to damn many rational beings who will doubt it, and not accept it ,on mere witness testimony of known cultists? According to many of the faith, refusing to join the religion is an act of damnation(how convenient for them...). So even by its own logic, according to many, it is best forgotten, and no longer spread to children nor adults.
The idea that an omnipotent omniscient being commanded genocide, performed genocide, murdered children by animals devouring them for making fun of a bald men... A god that supposedly speaks the following
“The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, 7 maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.”-Yahweh

That such an obviously fictitious tribal god entity is related to the divine in any way is ridiculous. Anyone who reads the old testament knows the god being found there is a small pathetic petty and immoral monster.
We know adam and eve are fiction, we know noah is fiction, we know that moses most likely is fiction as well. A god of a work of fiction.
To claim you're that god, a fictional god of a work of fiction, a petty fictional immoral monster, is ridiculous. Originally people talked about original sin bringing death and Jesus ' need to die to redeem us in part from our inherited original sin, to save us from death caused by it. After all when asked why do we die? they said adam brought death into the world through disobedience, but now we know adam is at best a metaphor, death is part of the world through the designs of the world, and immoral behavior exists to the extent that it is beneficial evolutionarily speaking, so it too is part of the design.
Just look at the sheer ignorance of the original followers of Christianity, the founders

Romans 5:12-21
12 Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men[a] because all sinned— 13 for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law. 14 Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come.
15 But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man's trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many. 16 And the free gift is not like the result of that one man's sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification. 17 For if, because of one man's trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.
18 Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness[c] leads to justification and life for all men. 19 For as by the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man's obedience the many will be made righteous. 20 Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, 21 so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

1 Corinthians 15:22
22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.

Neither Jesus nor his followers knew adam did not exist, and that death was part of the nature of the world from the very beginning as was humans ability to act immorally.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Cool prometheus viral vid

On the finitude of the possible

You dont think the multiverse is infinite? If you concede M Theory then intelligence is unlimited since the multiverse is unlimited?
I'll think about it, but logically you must be correct-eldras0
Even if it were infinite, pi is infinite in length, but guess what it is a repetition of sequences even very long sequences slightly rearranged in the order they follow.
As I've stated elsewhere look at displays and resolution to see what likely follows for all. Take a 1080p device, and take a 4k device, the 4k device cannot display anything that would be unrecognizable to someone who's seen every single 1080p image(and the set of 1080p images at a given color bit level is finite), that is the 4k set of image is either a scaled up version of the 1080p image or a stitching of 1080p images(and what the scaled up version contains is also not only summarized in a 1080p image but there are 1080p images corresponding to zoomed in portions of the 4k scaled up image, which as said can be stitched to constitute the full image at full detail). There is no new information in the 4k set of images as compared to the 1080p set, and the 1080p set can be compared to a lower resolution and that one to a lower one still, obviously up to a point.
There does come a point where despite larger images being simply stitching of the smaller images, the smaller images simply contain virtually no discernible scene or object. But the thing is once you reach a certain resolution, virtually any story, object or scene, you can get the gist of it by looking at that screen or a sequence of these screens(which can display zoomed out chunks of higher resolution images, but even while zoomed out can contain the gist of virtually any story, object or scene).
That's the gist of it higher resolutions are simply stiching of sequences of lower resolution images, and there comes a point, when increasing resolution, such as say 1080p where further increases[say 4k] while perceptible would not necessarily affect someone with a slightly worse display in comprehending a story. And even if perceptible again a few 1080p images contain the same information as a single 4k image, but a lone 1080p image can usually summarize the gist of the content.,,, even the low resolution screens of yesteryear can usually suffice for all practical purposes.
That is the finitude of the possible a 16k or even a 512k display will have yet greater resolution but even if you could perceive it all the images it contain are merely the sum of sequences of smaller resolutions and those smaller resolutions basically contain all the information present in these higher theoretical resolutions.
There simply is a practical limit to what is meaningful complexity in the geometry of a scene, which is usually what defines the contents and objects of a scene, and to handle it you only need a relatively limited or modest amount of resolution, go way past that and it is usually overkill unless you need to immediately access a specific element of the scene without scanning it.
The finite has a relation with the infinite where the finite bounds the infinite, the infinite is mere repetition of the finite, it is a magician's smokescreen. That is what I call the finitude of the possible.
Already it is said that at least within the section of the multiverse that follows our own laws of physics, the number of states is finite, and there will be infinite repetition of a finite set of event, places, and objects.-source of quote

cool vid

interesting video on neuroscience of memory

Friday, July 10, 2015

someone's video commentary on glymphatic system

On the ultimate army against lower tech opponents

In the very distant future.  Biotechnology will have advanced drastically, as will intelligence gathering, and ai.

It will be possible to profile the family and friends of soldiers[even their very allied soldiers] of the opposing army or terrorist organization.   Advances in computing hardware and ai will allow for hardware and software combination that can effectively mimic any human's behavior.

Biomanufacturing will allow the rapid manufacture of any human body to any specifications,combined with hardware that is powered by the chemical energy from the blood, an automated combatant with a humanoid  synthetic biological body(perhaps even enhanced in strength, speed and resilience), will be possible.

Now the problem for the enemy combatants will be that they will be facing enemies with the faces, behavior and voices of loved ones, that is family members, and friends, including romantic partners.   Even if they manage to tell look alike enemy soldier from friendly soldier, the psychological damage from fighting what in essence looks and feels for all intents and purposes as their friends and family will be vast.

Right now even facing known hostiles creates post traumatic stress disorders, what will be the result when looking and talking to loved ones and friend brings back vivid memories of war.    What will be the result when they don't feel safe, as even those that seem like friends turn out to be enemy combatants.   If they can even pull the trigger, it will cause damage, serious damage.   They might not even be able to remain in combat for long.

It would take humans many decades, perhaps centuries of research to develop this.  But ponder, should the nature of intelligence be mastered, what might take millenia for humans could be accomplished in  a few years.   What would seem in the distant future, could with mastery over the nature of intelligence, be brought to the world in just a few years.

Who would dare oppose such a nation, knowing that is the force, the kind of army they will be facing?

It is true that perhaps not all enemy combatants can be targeted(you could have dozens of combatants per enemy soldier, but that would be ridiculous and not every soldier would necessarily face their friends and family lookalikes), but targeting a substantial portion, especially enemy commanding officers would prove devastating during and after any conflict.

Another post regarding aging on kurzweilai

If de Grey had been serious, he would have funded the Fruit Fly Prize (1 month lifespan) instead a preposterous Mouse Prize (3 year lifespan) where it takes eons to measure progress!-melajara,kurzweilai

All it would take is extensive genetic tweaking with the changes that occurred in Michael Rose's flies to thoroughly break that record

Michael Rose, a population geneticist, used artificial selection to produce fruit flies with a life span of 50 days- 1994  book-link

Some other MORE RECENT[2011 article] comments suggest Rose has done well, since then, by now at least for average lifespan quadrupling it, exceeding even previous records

Similarly, gene expression changes are the major explanation for the results reported by Dr. Michael Rose, who claims to have quadrupled the average life span of fruit flies merely by selective breeding.
“The idea that aging is just a cumulative process of damage is fundamentally incorrect,” Rose commented when I spoke to him about his work. As a coauthor of the new book Does Aging Stop? from Oxford University Press, Rose points out that some organisms already cease to age late in life. “We have fly populations where 40% of the cohort stops aging,” he says....-link

The thing is from what I hear evolution mostly conserves protein structure and mainly tends to change gene  regulation.  Drugs and nutraceuticals can change gene regulation, as can dietary interventions such as calorie restriction, obviously within limits, but already humans are quite long lived lasting decades free of disease, the jump from that to agelessness might require either extensive further changes in regulation or just a small tweak to reach agelessness.

My belief is that neurons are likely near ageless cells if kept in an appropriate environment(that is if accompanied by nonaging glia and nonaging vasculature), so the body does seem to have the key to agelessness of cells built in.

"a mouse is fully worn out after 3 years when it takes 30 years to tear down a naked mole-rat."-melajara,kurzweilai

Not all of the mouse is designed to break down

In a new study from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, mouse brain cells implanted into rats survived as long as the rats did, double the average mouse lifespan.-link

And they say the neurons could likely live even longer with the exact same genes if they were transplanted into even longer lived hosts.

Now look at that the neurons are one of the most metabolically active cells of all the cells, and most of their energy goes towards their function, if I'm not mistaken.   Despite this intensive use of chemical energy, which should result in side-products of metabolism, the cells can handle it, and even without any genetic change they can live more than double the original mice host lifespan.

Think about that for a second most cells do not need to perform functions as energy intensive as neurons, and even neurons themselves can last for over double the lifespan of the host.    That is the mouse genome already has a genetic program that is able to allow its cells to last at the very least twice as long as mice last yet mice don't last that long.    If that doesn't smell of programmed aging I don't know what to tell you.   It is clear the mouse has the genes to protect cells even with extensive metabolic activity(metabolic activity related mainly to function) in such a way as to double the lifespan of the component cells, yet it doesn't do so for the rest of the body.

One of my posts regarding aging on kurzweilai

De Grey talks about garbage accumulation and recycling it in situ as a solution, but usually unless you have energy to spare the intelligent thing to do with garbage is not to recycle it on site, but to throw it out, and for someone or something to pick it up and take it to an appropriate disposal area.(eventually it exits the body and after that it is somebody else's problem, and someone else eventually recycles it.)

The body has the lymphatic system, and the brain has the glymphatic system

Throughout most of the body, a complex system of lymphatic vessels is responsible for cleansing the tissues of potentially harmful metabolic waste products, accumulations of soluble proteins and excess interstitial fluid. ...

[In the brain the glymphatic system performs this function... ]
The breakdown of the brain’s innate clearance system may in fact underlie the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Huntington’s disease, in addition to ALS and chronic traumatic encephalopathy. -link

Even our brains need to take out the trash.

Researchers from the University of Rochester Medical Center found that a waste-flushing system in the brain, called the glymphatic system, is most active when we sleep -- nearly 10 times more so than during periods of wakefulness, in fact.

Plus, during sleep, brain cells shrink in size by 60 percent to better allow for the removal of waste from the brain.-link

Despite aging glia and aging vasculature(in part due to the telomere shortening), the oldest human lived for over 122 years, they didn't have dementia when they died, iirc, and died from choking according to some sources.   Those exact same billions of single cell neurons were alive at high metabolism for those entire 122 years without failing, providing mental sanity even till the end of life, even with aging surrounding tissue adversely affecting them(tissue responsible for garbage removal, nutrients, etc). 

Using this method, Dr Frisén has shown that most cells in the body are less than 10 years old. -link

  If garbage accumulation was a problem for a cell with an insignificant fraction of that[neural] lifespan, as most of the rest of the cells in the body are, pray tell how did these billions of cells managed to continue working at all decade after decade after decade?

Also to still be able to sustain high metabolic activity even at 122 years of age, the mitochondria must be working to at least some decent degree, probably a bit adversely affected by surrounding aging tissue, but there seem to be mechanisms to preserve mitochondria quality like mitoptosis, there appears to be genetic regulation that keeps mitochondria quality in check, and it is dysfunction of this regulation that may be behind a loss of mitochondria quality.

Thus, suggesting that mitochondrial dysfunction is a good enough reason for eliminating mitochondria and as Dr. Skulachev says, mitochondria follow the samurai’s law; “it’s better to die than to be wrong”.-link

As for cancer we have the case of cancer free centenarians who smoked two packs a day for decades, and died cancer free.   Would be very unlikely cancer didn't actually pop up.   The likeliest scenario is it popped up and the immune system handled it, at least this seems the case for some fraction of the population.-link to original thread

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

heads up

I've heard this july 15 2015 might be prime day over at and might have more and better deals than black friday.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

cool vid

nice quotes

Originally Posted by Crunched, neogaf
"I dont understand what difference it would make if it was a lifestyle choice or not. If a man or woman has the potential to fall in love with someone of the same sex, he should be allowed to commit to that love, whether or not he was born with that preference. If the argument is really about homosexuality being a choice, I've been looking at the conflict all wrong since the beginning.

I don't see how what you said explains anything. Say homosexuality is a choice, and two homosexuals want to get married. How does them choosing to be gay invalidate that?

Are you saying the argument is that gay people choose to be gay and if they want to get married they could choose to be straight? As if the marriage is what they are in love with, and not the person?

I'm trying to wrap my head around this. How is that different than saying to a man, "you can't marry this woman because she is black, you can choose not to be attracted to black women if you want to marry"?

Is this really the argument? You are blowing my mind here. If this is really how these people think it is even more absurd than I originally thought."-link to thread

 "And for interracial marriage in the US, you don't need to go back nearly that far.

The duality of this "I don't approve but I love you" amongst Xtians is hardly new. "Love the sinner, hate the sin", they'll say. But I've also witnessed bible study groups and have heard a lot of things Xtians say when they think they're only amongst themselves (having grown up around this nonsense.) They'll say, "don't worry, God will judge them." To what degree you want to believe their "love" for the "sinner" is genuine is up to you, but from what I've witnessed and heard in my life, I find this "love" to be dubious at best, but probably better characterized as words of one who both fears and loves (as instructed) a totalitarian ghost that they better heed, or else."-Phreak47, neogaf forum

Some nice quotes from  forum goers over at neogaf.