Thursday, 22 August 2013

Living Longer Commentary

I mentioned in my previous article called Brighter Future? how science is claiming the ability to help us live longer and how this ability is supposed to improve in the future.  However, in my view, science is changing humans into another species, especially with the aid of plastic.  But there is actually some truth to science helping people to live longer.  I see it every day where I work.
Science is aiding lots of people to live longer who otherwise normally would have died, such as those who have been in tragic accidents and sustain brain injuries.  Unfortunately, many of these people are, for all intensive purposes, dead.  In other words, they are what is called in the medical profession, in a vegetative state.  But, there are others in this state due to non-traumatic brain injuries such as having a stroke or those with brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s.  Many of these people are connected to B’org Feeding Tubes (aka PEG tubes) to keep them alive.  This affects lots of people, actually, and more every day.  I touched upon this theme in my Age of the Living Dead article, but thought a little clarification might be helpful here.
Dr Kaku believes that science is going to extend the human lifespan and that this is a positive thing.  The old saying “It’s not what you do but the way you do it.” comes to mind.  In other words, it’s not being alive that matters, but how you live your life, and even, how you die.  Of course, some people aim to live forever, at any cost.  Let’s go back to extending the human lifespan though.
When the human lifespan is measured, all statistics of living human beings are taken together and then averaged out.  So just being alive contributes to the figure.  It doesn’t matter if you’re in a wheelchair in a vegetative state, as long as you’re medically alive.  It doesn’t matter if you’re in a coma even.  As long as you are not pronounced dead, you are alive.  That is the scam in the “living longer” statistics.
Another factor in the "living longer" statistics is that infant mortality used to be greater.  That brought the average lifespan down, even though many people used to live to be a hundred.  In addition, we have to ask who is included in the statistics from the past.  The old statistics were not processed on a computer and all inclusive of the world population at large.  Even today, statistics do not include people who do not partake in the Western World society.  Some people in the world don't even know how old they are.
Anyway, regardless of who is in the past statistics, we know that today even very premature babies are kept alive and that, in itself, brings the average lifespan up.  But, all we have to do is look around us at all the illnesses in the world and look at how people are dying from these illnesses to know that the real average lifespan is actually getting shorter for most people.  The ones that are living longer are the ones who would have died but for medical (scientific) intervention, but mostly this continued life is of very poor quality.
It may even get to the point where science can keep a person alive indefinitely.  The dream of immortality may be achieved, but at what price?  I don’t think giving up privacy is the end of it.
In the long run, I think human beings who continue to follow the scientific plastic trail will develop into another species.  Furthermore, plastic and science are restrictive.  They are part of the control system.  Dr Kaku said that the price we’d pay for the development of science is loss of privacy.  This must mean loss of freedom as well.  This is why it is obvious to me that science is generally not in my best interest.  I like to know what science has done in order to be aware, but I do not embrace it as a preferred lifestyle choice.  I don’t like plastic food because it doesn’t keep me healthy.  I don’t like the plastic lifestyle because it’s uncomfortable.  I don’t want plastic in my body in any shape or form.  I could live without science.  In fact, I could live a lot longer without science and keep my privacy and freedom to boot.
For some evidence of science making humans more plastic, see the programme How it Works: Plastic.  Near the end of the programme, the presenter, Mark Miodownik, discusses how plastic will interact with human cells with Professor Molly Stevens of Imperial College London.  She talks about insertion of “plastic scaffolding” into a damaged part of the human body which would dissolve and disappear somewhere after cells use it to regenerate.
It’s all about man thinking he can do better than nature though.  Therein lays the fallacy.  It’s also about the needs of the B’org to compete in a monetary system.  I believe that there is hope for human beings though.  I believe our survival as truly living beings is all about the enfolding awareness that is rippling through the human consciousness, despite those that are not allowed to die naturally and those in the science race.  I think we should remember to live with respect of our being alive on a living planet with a view that death is a part of this life, not live recklessly as if we will never die and there's no end to the Earth's resources.  Put another way, it doesn’t matter how long we live, it matters how we live.
Image credit with thanks:  How Plastics Work: Polymers

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Brighter Future?

“Science is the engine of prosperity.  All the wealth we see around us is due to science and science is going to continue to generate jobs, new industries, make life easier, and extend the human lifespan.  But, there’s always a price.  The price is privacy.  We’ll probably have less privacy in the future but we will have more abundance of wealth and we will have a more convenient life.”  Dr Michio Kaku
This quote comes from Dr Kaku speaking on a BBC television programme that was available on the iPlayer called Dara O’Briain’s Science Club, Future Fantastic.  He also said it was a “brighter future” that he anticipates, hence the title of this article.  Dr Kaku trained at Harvard University and “holds the Henry Semat Chair and Professorship in theoretical physics at the City College of New York, where he has taught for over 25 years.”  According to his website from which these quotes about him were taken, he is a “theoretical physicist, best-selling author, and popularizer of science. He’s the co-founder of string field theory (a branch of string theory), and continues Einstein’s search to unite the four fundamental forces of nature into one unified theory.”
Obviously, Dr Kaku is very committed to science.  However, as is the case with most scientists today, he appears to have a very myopic view of life on Earth, and indeed, the Universe.
He sees a scientific engine powering prosperity.
I see a mechanical engine powering a destructive machine.
He sees wealth created by science all around him.
I see a small wealthy elite getting wealthier day by day while one third of the world’s population doesn’t have enough to eat.  In addition, about one sixth is malnourished even though they have plenty of food, and the rest of the world’s population is struggling to find healthy food to eat, water to drink and even air to breathe.  I’m a good example of the latter.  I don’t have much to speak of in terms of what we call material wealth even though I’ve been working for 40-odd years.  I spend a big chunk of my earnings on my food in small shops in hopes that it’s better than that on offer in supermarkets.  I lug big jugs full of spring water up a lane and up a flight of stairs in hopes that it’s cleaner and healthier than tap water.  And I breathe in toxic chemicals in my workplace and residence, day in and day out.  What is gold and jewels, or cars and yachts when you don’t have real food, clean water and fresh air!?
Dr Kaku, and many others like him, certainly has high hopes for science.  He believes that science is going to:
·        continue to generate jobs and new industries;
·        make life easier; and
·        extend the human lifespan.
I believe that science is going to:
·        be taken over by cyborgs and robots who will do all the work;
·        make life different, not easier; and
·        in the not too distant future, make human beings extinct.
When dealing with the B’org, there is always a price.  Dr Kaku says that the price for giving up our humanity is to give up our privacy.  I was thinking about this the other day before I watched this programme.  I was thinking that there is some sort of connection between privacy and humanity.  This was brought to my mind when I watched a programme about Royal Bedchambers.  Royalty are a breed unto themselves.  After all, they claim to have blue blood when the rest of us have red blood.  Throughout history, they have had little privacy.  So now they (as part of the B’org) want to share their predicament and take away our privacy too.
Dr Kaku says that if we give up our privacy, we’ll get more wealth and an easier life in return.  Sorry if this sounds rude, but he must be high.
I say, if we give up our privacy, we will become prisoners, prisoners of the B’org.  We will lose all semblance of freedom.  The methods of our total control are being rolled out before our very eyes.  We are under surveillance with cameras, GPS, mobile phones, and computers.  We have little or no control over these already.  Our lives are being more and more regulated and regimented, e.g., Health & Safety (need I say more?).  With all the evil in the world, why does Dr Kaku think new science is going to improve the situation we find ourselves in at this very moment?  It can only get worse if we continue on the same path.  Scientists are on the wrong path.  Scientists are buffoons.  Science can never produce, for any amount of money, what the earth provides for free.  I wish all scientists would move to Mars and stop trying to make life on Earth “more convenient,” another word for messed up.  Science is simply creating new and improved problems.
The future can never be brighter than the present.  Because, the present is the only moment we will ever have, and is by default, the brightest it can ever be.  Jennifer Wilson 
Photo credit:  Dr Michio Kaku