A Stanford University Debate: Transhumanism vs. Anarcho …

December 16, 2014 By: painlord2k Category: Transhumanism

Zoltan vs. Zerzan Debate — Photo by Kourosh Afrashteh of Project Prometheus

Last Saturday night at Stanford University, I had the honor of publicly debating the world’s leading anarcho-primitivist philosopher John Zerzan. As a transhumanist, I differ from Zerzan on just about every topic. According to Wikipedia, anarcho-primitivism “advocates for a return to a non-’civilized’ way of life through deindustrialization.” Transhumanism advocates for the continued use of science and technology to improve and change the human species. Simply put, Zerzan encourages everyone to give up civilization and go back to a hunter-gatherer lifestyle. And I encourage everyone to do more to speed up technological and scientific progress. It was a meeting of polar opposite views. The debate headline was: Zoltan vs. Zerzan.

Hosted by the Stanford Transhumanist Association in the university’s Geology Corner Auditorium, the debate was deliberately formal. John and I each took three 5-10 minute turns at a podium. Additionally, a 20 minute Q & A followed the debate. Unfortunately, the main video camera recording the event failed. Luckily, a second recording exists from laptops that captured the entire debate, but the quality is mediocre at best. Additionally, the footage misses the most exciting parts of the event, such as loud anti-civilization hecklers or the anarchist-dominated 140-person audience. The vibe in the auditorium was quite tense, and some transhumanists were worried about safety issues because no university security was present. In the very back stood people who some suggested were black bloc participants: individuals who dress in black, wear face-concealing masks and gear, and cause civil unrest. Many of them came to meet John Zerzan, who is well known as a past confidant of the Unabomber and has also had associations with many anarchist-type groups.

All this made for an exciting event. Below I share just a small portion of some of the most interesting statements made in the debate. Some of the sentences are verbatim, and others are paraphrased for easier reading.

Zoltan Istvan and John Zerzan during Q & A — Photo by Stanford Transhumanist Association

EXCHANGE I:

Zoltan Istvan: Imagine what the world would look like if we gave up some of the technologies we have, if we gave up progress, if we essentially gave up civilization. The world would be very difficult, at least for all of us in the modern world today. John Zerzan and a lot of anarcho-primitivists are asking us to give up the modern world that we have evolved through, that we have adapted to, that we have created.

John Zerzan: I consider transhumanism an unhealthy fantasy. Primitive lifestyles–a time before domestication–didn’t destroy the natural world, didn’t objectify women, didn’t have armies and temples and war, didn’t have everyone working their ass off, like we have now.

EXCHANGE II:

Zoltan Istvan: I’m going to begin with a story, perhaps one of the luckiest things I’ve done in my life. I was the first foreigner to visit basically an untouched primitive tribe in the island nation of Vanuatu in 1995. I returned and filmed the tribe six years later for the National Geographic Channel. The problem there is that almost half the people born in the village don’t survive to adulthood. What anarcho-primitivists are forgetting, that while primitive lifestyles might be more natural and harmonious with nature, people like that don’t have the medicines, technology, and science to stop basic diseases and early death. The village lived in a constant state of mourning due to the frequent deaths of its people.

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Alnylam Provides Pipeline Update, Growth Strategy – Analyst Blog

December 16, 2014 By: stoommica Category: Genetic Medicine

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ( ALNY ) announced its pipeline growth strategy for the development and commercialization of RNAi therapeutics across three strategic therapeutic areas (STArs) – genetic medicines, cardio-metabolic disease and hepatic infectious disease.

Alnylam’s genetic medicine STAr consists of a broad pipeline of RNAi therapeutics including patisiran (phase III – APOLLO) and revusiran (phase III – ENDEAVOUR), being developed for the treatment of transthyretin-mediated amyloidosis. Additionally, the company reported positive initial data from a phase I study on ALN-AT3 last week.

The company is advancing ALN-AT3 for the treatment of hemophilia and rare bleeding disorders. Further, the company plans to initiate a phase I/II study on ALN-CC5 for paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria.

Meanwhile, Alnylam intends to commercialize its genetic medicine products in the U.S. and EU, while Genzyme, a Sanofi ( SNY ) company, will develop and commercialize in the rest of the world.

In its cardio-metabolic disease STAr, Alnylam recently initiated a phase I study on ALN-PCSsc (RNAi therapeutic targeting PCSK9 for the treatment of hypercholesterolemia) with initial data expected in mid-2015. Alnylam has an agreement with The Medicines Company ( MDCO ) for ALN-PCSsc. Alnylam is also advancing other candidates including ALN-AC3 (hypertriglyceridemia), ALN-ANG (hypertriglyceridemia and mixed hyperlipidemia) and ALN-AGT (hypertensive disorders of pregnancy including preeclampsia) among others.

Finally, Alnylam’s hepatic infectious disease STAr includes ALN-HBV for the treatment of hepatitis B viral infection. The company intends to file an investigational new drug (IND) application or an IND equivalent in late 2015.

Alnylam is looking for partnerships for programs in its cardio-metabolic disease and hepatic infectious disease STArs. At the same time it intends to retain significant product commercialization rights in the U.S. and EU.

Alnylam expects to provide additional guidance on pipeline programs in its three STArs in Jan 2015. We expect investor focus to remain on Alnylam’s pipeline.

Alnylam currently carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). A better-ranked stock in the health care sector is Amgen Inc. ( AMGN ) carrying a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).

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MU scientist and inventor advances the study of nanomedicine

December 16, 2014 By: lokkol Category: Nanomedicine

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Contact: Jeff Sossamon sossamonj@missouri.edu 573-882-3346 University of Missouri-Columbia @mizzounews

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Nanomedicine is the medical application of nanotechnology, or the use of microscopic structures to diagnose, image, treat and prevent disease. Current problems in nanomedicine include understanding and anticipating the potentially toxic impact these nanostructures have on the body and the environment once they’re released. Kattesh Katti, a researcher at the University of Missouri, is developing nano-scale molecules, including gold nanoparticles and other “green” technologies, to image and treat diseases such as cancer, Parkinson’s disease, arthritis and degeneration of the eye–all while curtailing the impact these structures sometimes have on the body and environment.

For distinguished contributions to the fields of chemistry, radiopharmaceutical sciences, green nanotechnology and nanomedicine, Katti has been chosen for induction as a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). Election as an NAI Fellow is a high professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society.

“I am thrilled to be elected into this prestigious fellowship of the National Academy of Inventors,” Katti said. “It is particularly gratifying that I am joining the august group of outstanding NAI fellows along with another great Mizzou colleague who is also being inducted. Election into NAI is a clear reflection of our outstanding quality of discovery research here at MU as our academic approach is embedded with inventions and entrepreneurship. I am indebted to all my teachers, collaborators, post-doctoral fellows and students because this success is a culmination of our collective painstaking efforts. I thank my wife Kavita, our children and my parents for all their support throughout my professional life.”

Katti, Curators Professor of Radiology and Physics in the School of Medicine and the College of Arts and Science and senior research scientist at the University of Missouri Research Reactor (MURR), pioneered the development of several nanomedicine tools used in hospitals worldwide. Cancer specialists treating prostate cancer with gold nanoparticles, for instance, often were limited to using high doses of toxic chemotherapy. Katti and other researchers at MU found a more efficient way of targeting prostate tumors by using gold nanoparticles and a compound found in tea leaves. When combined through methods he developed, this treatment can be used in much smaller doses and travels through the body without inflicting damage to healthy areas.

Katti’s work in developing green nanotechnology includes the use of common spices and plants to target, image and treat ailments. The usual method of creating gold nanoparticles utilizes harmful chemicals and acids that are not environmentally safe and contain toxic impurities. Katti helped develop the method that scientists use to mix gold salts with cinnamon and stir the mixture with water to synthesize gold nanoparticles. These green therapies are less toxic to the body and could provide alternatives to current treatments like chemotherapy and radiation which have negative side effects.

“As a professor of journalism, I can see how Kattesh’s inventions will reach both our students and society at large,” said Randall D. Smith, professor and Donald W. Reynolds Endowed Chair of Business Journalism in the Reynolds Journalism Institute at MU. “His approach to academic enterprise stands as a role model on how academicians, regardless of their discipline, should embrace inventions and entrepreneurial philosophy in teaching and research.”

Katti holds a doctorate in inorganic chemistry from the Indian Institute of Science. He was selected as “One of 25 Most Influential Scientists in Molecular Imaging in the World” by rt Image in recognition of his pioneering work on the utility of gold nanoparticles in imaging and therapy. Nobel Laureate Norman Borlaug cited Katti as the “Father of Green Nanotechnology” in recognition of his groundbreaking green nanotechnology invention of producing gold nanoparticles by simple mixing of soy beans with gold salt. Katti was inducted as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and is a Fellow of the St. Louis Academy of Science. His green nanotechnology discovery using cinnamon-phytochemicals in the mediated production of gold nanoparticles was selected as “one of the 10 best inventions of 2010″ by BioresearchOnline.com.

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National Academy of Inventors Names Two Sanford-Burnham Researchers as Charter Fellows

December 16, 2014 By: stoommica Category: Nanomedicine

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Newswise La Jolla, Calif., December 16, 2014 Two professors at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (Sanford-Burnham) have been named Charter Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI): Erkki Ruoslahti, M.D., Ph.D., distinguished professor and former president of Sanford-Burnham, and Kristiina Vuori, M.D., Ph.D., current president of the Institute. Ruoslahti and Vuori are now part of a group of 414 NAI Fellows from more than 150 prestigious research universities, government, and nonprofit research institutions.

Election to the NAI Fellows is a significant professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society.

Im honored to be named a Charter Fellow of the NAI, said Vuori. I owe a large part of this distinction to the talented scientists, staff, and students I have worked with at Sanford-Burnham over the years.

Academic inventors are elected by their peers for innovative contributions in areas such as patenting and licensing, innovative discovery and technology, significant impact on society, and support and enhancement of innovation.

An internationally recognized leader in nanomedicine, Ruoslahti focuses his research on directing drugs to sites of disease. His main discovery and invention is the integrin-binding tripeptide motif RGD, a sequence within fibronectin that mediates cell attachment, and is found in numerous other cell-attachment proteins. His recent work has contributed to better tumor imaging and improving drug delivery to specific disease sites.

It is a great honor to be named a Fellow of the NAI, said Ruoslahti. There are so many giants of innovation that have received this distinction, and Im grateful to be part of that group.

Ruoslahti holds 314 issued patents, and is the founder of the Center for Nanomedicine at UC Santa Barbara, a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the Institute for Medicine, and a member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the recipient of the Japan Prize, Gairdner Award, Clowes Award, Pasarow Award, and Jacobaeus Prize, and is a 2012 Thomson Reuters Citation Laureate. He is Knight and Commander of the Orders of the White Rose of Finland and the Lion of Finland.

Vuori joined the faculty of Sanford-Burnham in 1996 and has been president of Sanford-Burnham since 2010. She is also professor and holder of the Pauline and Stanley Presidential Chair, and served as director of Sanford-Burnhams NCI-designated Cancer Center from 2005 until 2013. Her main research focus is aimed at unraveling the molecular mechanisms of cancer metastasis, particularly the process that makes normal cells adhesion dependent. Normal cells adhere to their microenvironment for survival; if they become detached they will die. Cancer cells are somehow able to detach from their surroundings and move to other tissues in the body and survive and grow. Understanding the mechanisms of cell adhesion opens new approaches to preventing cancer metastasis.

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Atheism is the most illogical position ever – Video

December 16, 2014 By: admin Category: Atheism



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The Age of Reason: S01 E10 – Atheism in the Armed Forces – Video

December 16, 2014 By: stoommica Category: Atheism



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December 16, 2014 By: painlord2k Category: Atheism



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First-of-its-kind Indian Atheist fiction

December 16, 2014 By: BoicepSip Category: Atheism

The God in The Middle is a novel that explores Atheism, for the first time in fiction, through the heroic story of two men who start Ergoism, a modern religion based on science.

The novel begins in a war-torn corner of Nigeria where a Bishop relinquishes his religion to follow Ergoism. The narrative revolves around the founders of Ergoism – Swiss idealist leader, Daniel Breuer, who believes only religion can unite a polarised world, and the sceptic Indian, Raghu Iyer.

With a plot that has an interesting melee of characters – a independent British woman journalist, who travels the world working on a documentary on various faiths and Ergoism, a French hacktivist who borders on extremism and an organised religion guru who goes to extreme lengths to make his religion profitable – this is a fearless book that expands on prolific religious subtexts we live with everyday.

At a time when most religions are becoming obsolete in modern lives, the author explores the idea of whether it is time for a religion based on science to take its place.

Among the growing number of international books addressing atheism, for the first time an Indian author has tackled the subject. Nair deftly presents the argument against God and weaves it between fact and fiction without being pedantic. The book goes a step further and makes a bold attempt at predicting the future of religion.

If you are looking for an understanding of atheism then this is the place to start. The God in the Middle should be read over and over. So we may “think”, so we may reason again and so we may learn something we should have known all along. Satyajit Nair is an author to watch.

(This novel has been digitally published on the Amazon Kindle platform. For more on the book, log onto thegodinthemiddle.com)

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The Future Internet Market In 2025 Available online By Market Research Reports.Biz

December 16, 2014 By: lokkol Category: Agnosticism

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Dr.M. Mansour [Physiology] Autonomic 4 – Video

December 16, 2014 By: painlord2k Category: Physiology



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