Move to pimm.wordpress.com

From now on the fresh material of the Pimm bookblog will first be published on the URL: http://pimm.wordpress.com The content of the building Pimm book will be accessible here at https://attilachordash.wordpress.com/
The reason is: it is a topic restricted bookblog not an egoblog. Topic is first, author is secondary. And easier to memorise. 🙂 Dear commenters, participators, readers: feed the Pimm address.

May 28, 2006 at 9:42 pm Leave a comment

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May 28, 2006 at 1:04 pm Leave a comment

Google Trends: life extension, brief analysis

Sorry for interrupting our narrowcast, but Google's brand new service Google Trends is so powerful, that it compels us to talk about it within the pimm context. It is a Zeitgeist update, which allows the user to sort through several years of Google search queries from around the world selected by cities, regions, languages. Here are the results for the term "life extension".

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The above search-volume graph, which is relative to the total number of searches done on Google over time shows that from 2003 people's interest in life extension is quite stable all around the world. The 2 top cities are Miami and Frisco, which fits with the knowledge, that Miami is the center of the Grey Zone, and Frisco is a big biotech center. Now look at the regions:

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Selected by regions the number 2 Australia is interesting but not a surprise since Australia's biotech industry is evolving with a very rapid pace. India's position (4) is weird a little bit now, but I think it marks the Asian biotech trend somehow. Singapore (you know Biopolis, free embryonic stem cell research), China are missing, please somebody explain it to me. When we search just for 'life extension' without quotation marks, which contains all searches indifferent from the order of the searhc terms, Singapore is the number one.

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In "plastic surgery" the winner is… L.A. :O) Congratulations.

May 12, 2006 at 1:55 pm 2 comments

Why do we have the right to partially immortalize ourselves, if it is possible?

Here are three arguments for the pro-pimm activists, in a nutshell. You can decide the order of strength between them, and it depens on the hierarchy of your background assumptions. Later I explore the detailed structure of the arguments.

The first is based on the main premiss that to be alive is better than to be dead in the present circumstances of mankind. This kind of argument could be called the argument for self-sustainment. Seems triviality at the first sight. But there are opinions that reject it.

The second argument is what we called the argument for self-development or self expression, because partial immortalization in this way is the only possibility for a human and mortal individual to fully explore its own individuality, to develop its own capacities, abilities let it be mental, physical, or moral. For me this is the most motivated argument and it is deep-rooted in the history of philosophy.

The third argument is the argument for self-determination, because participating in a regeneration treatment means that this way the individual can choose the date of its death maximally, as much as possible for a member of a species like that of the homo sapiens, which lives under accidental circumstances. As it is in the subtitle of the Immortality Institute: conquering the blight of involuntary death…

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Three kinds of arguments were formulated supporting why an individual could choose this treatment: the arguments for self-sustainment, self-development, and self-determination. The source of the first argument is the desire to stay alive as long as we can, the inspiration behind the second argument comes from the desire to develop our abilities as best as we can, and the inclination leading to the third argument is the desire to control the date of our death, as we can.

Next: Mitochondrion, the not so hidden superstar of current biology

May 9, 2006 at 7:24 am 1 comment

The lifestyle of the pimm future: the Kurzweil case

The lifestyle of a partially immortalized individual won't be easy. At the beginning of the technology it takes continuous monitoring and treatment of the body, which equals significant proportion of the lifetime in the regeneration clinic, or at home, if the treatment permits it. Make no mistake: this is the price of pimm. And not the whole. If intuition fails to capture this situation, and it does, then look at the life of Ray Kurzweil, the former successful computer scientist (Stevie Wonder, anyone remembers?), author of the Spiritual Machines book (oh man, I liked that much) who is the leading extreme longevity proponent of our time. In a fascinating interview with Kurzweil by David Jay Brown, called Reprogramming your Biochemistry for Immortality, Kurzweil uncovers his lifestyle: "I take two hundred and fifty supplements a day, and I monitor my body regularly. I’m not just flying without instrumentation. Being an engineer, I like data and I monitor fifty or sixty different blood levels every few months, and I’m constantly fine-tuning my program. All of my blood levels are ideal. My Homocysteine level many years ago was eleven, but now it’s five. My C-reactive protein is 0.1. My cholesterol is 130. My LDL is about 60, and my HDL—which was 28—is now close to sixty. And so on and so forth. …I’ve also taken biological aging tests, which measure things like tactile sensitivity, reaction time, memory, and decision-making speed. There are forty different tests…"

So here is your timetable for the next week:

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And here is an argument against those, who reject radical life extension on the ground that to live extremely long would be extremely boring: if you are under a continuous regeneration treatment, it takes a substantial portion of your lifetime, say, 30%, and during treatment time, you won't be bored, because it needs your active participation, in the extremity, so eventually you become your own regenerative physician. Biotech DIY on the highest level.
What we need is a whole new kind of body awareness.
Hey, would-be immortalizers, pimmers! Get ready for the future!

Next: Why do we have the right to partially immortalize ourselves, if it is possible?

May 7, 2006 at 10:27 pm 4 comments

Editorial: helpers, glossary, and the Pimm book

In the past years I've been communicating with many smart (mainly Hungarian) people about Pimm and its consequences, so I opened a page (click above) with the title Helpers, where you can find and search them. I hope their numbers will grow.

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Now you can find a Glossary, which is under construction. It comprises the basic vocabulary of the Pimm project.

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Under the Book page the chapters will be uploaded from the posts and the background sources monthly. For practical and backup reasons I made a new wordpress address:Pimm – The Book or http://pimm.wordpress.com/ which is the ultimate place of the Book. WordPress could function as a very good content management system for static web 1.0 pages too.

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In the End (which is about two years from now) on the Book Page the Reader will find the whole beta Book, and I hope that a distinguished Publisher finds me. 🙂 You know, it is a Niche, Niche World.

Next: The lifestyle of the pimm future: the Kurzweil case

May 7, 2006 at 7:51 pm Leave a comment

The parameters of a partially immortalized individual

According to the pimm script the parameters of a partially immortalized individual are:

-the individual is continuously and voluntarily under regeneration treatment, its own body parts are partially regenerated.

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the individual could quit out of the regeneration treatment voluntarily at any stadium without harming his health, and can choose normal (evolutionary made and fixed) ageing and today’s expected lifetime and death.

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– the biological age of the individual is constant, he is not aging because of the treatment, his metabolism and energy household is normal.

– the individual’s body could not be harmed in an irreversible way, because it could be repaired, replaced and regenerated except in case of a sudden death.

– the individual could die in all the known forms of death (external) except the internal cause of death through ageing and chronic diseases. For example, one could die in a car accident, could be stabbed by a knife, or shot by a gun, a nuclear weapon …and he could commit suicide with these means. He could also die in an acute disease, in hepatitis, virus infection, kidney failure, liver cyrhosis, or a stroke.

Sunday: Editorial: Helpers, Book, Glossary

Monday: The lifestyle of the pimm future: the Kurzweil case

May 6, 2006 at 7:35 am 1 comment

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