I assert that...
- This information is totally free of charge. I am not asking for any money and I'm not selling anything.
- If you act upon this information, you will increase the length and quality of human life. Guaranteed!
- This is not a cult, joke, or scam, but the effort will cost you a tiny bit. ($6.00 per month in utility costs)
- The amount of life extension you will receive depends upon how much of your life remains (younger people will receive more; older people less). Provided you are currently healthy and will die of natural causes, acting upon this information will increase your remaining life by a Life Extension Factor greater than one but less than two.Yaddl = Yrem x LEF
(Years additional) = (Years remaining) x (Life Extension Factor)
where: 2.0 > LEF > 1.0
- Acting upon this information will not only lengthen the life of you and your family members, it will help all of humanity.
- I'm already doing this and if you help me, your efforts will be added to mine.
- If you convince your friends, relatives, and co-workers to act upon this information then we will all benefit.
I realize this is "collective thinking" but a similar argument could be made about American tax payers sending twelve Apollo astronauts to the Moon between 1969 and 1972. It just wasn't possible any other way.
The American Moonshot was directly responsible for developing technology that shifted humanity from mainframes to minicomputers then microcomputers. Minicomputers were used to create the first functional packet switching network, known as ARPAnet, in 1969. Thirteen years later the current (TCP/IP) internet was born, then the world-wide-web, then cloud computing. The human genome project would not be possible without any of these technologies so where would humanity be had not the Americans done the moon shoot?
It is no secret that the personal computer you are sitting at right now is doing nothing 90% of the time. With typical clock speeds of 2.5 Gigahertz, your computer could be working on something else while you read an email or web page. In fact, your computer could be working on something else during the time it waits between tapping keys on your keyboard.Update: modern computers built after 2005 usually have multiple core processors. For example, Intel's Core i7 chip, first introduced in 2008, has 4 CPUs (counted as 8 if hyper threading is enabled).
Note: One Gigahertz is "one billion" cycles per second; that's the number "one" followed by "nine" zeroes
Many diseases like...
CJD (Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease)
...may be related to mis-folded proteins in your body. Misfolded protein are sometimes be caused by accumulated genetic damage (triggered by: viruses, radiation exposure, ingesting heavy metals, etc.), inheriting defective genes, or ingesting toxic proteins like BSE (mad-cow) infected meat.
If researchers knew more about misfolded proteins, the knowledge would enable them to develop medicines which could slow, or stop, many disease processes. I don't want to get your hopes too high so I now need to point out that it may never be possible to reverse damage already done.
(Note: if it were possible to stop Alzheimer's Disease, other medicines would be still be required to stimulate the replaced damaged tissue; this is currently a very controversial subject and the only biotech solution I'm aware of involves bioengineering based upon fetal stem-cell research.)
Alternatively, it might be possible to produce drugs which will enable your genes to "kill tumors" or "enhance your immune system". (most DNA segments are coiled-up which means the associated genes are switched-off; certain proteins, known as enzymes, can uncoil DNA and then switch-on disabled self-defense genes).
(Note: It must also be mentioned that large tumors release hormones (protein-based messages) which causes neighboring tumors to suppress their own growth (this is one reason why removing a large tumor can sometimes make things worse). So imagine a future cancer treatment which involves either "stimulating your own body's defenses to suppress all tumor growth" or "just injecting an artificial tumor growth suppression hormone")
Remembering that no human has ever directly observed any kind of molecule (including the simple H2O water molecule) with any kind of microscope, researchers currently must use computers to analyze how protein molecules might physically fold (or misfold) in 3-d space over time.
Believe it or not, protein analysis is one of the most difficult computational problems in academia today. In fact, astronomical simulations involving "planetary motion" or "galaxy collisions" are child's-play by comparison.
More surprising is the fact that commercially manufactured supercomputers are woefully inadequate for protein analysis. However, researchers at Stanford University (folding-at-home) and Berkley (BOINC) have developed software which will turn our mostly do-nothing personal computers into a resultant system that exceeds the computational power of any commercially available product by many multiples. Their software only runs when your computer is not doing anything so you'll never know when it is active.
All you need to do is download, install, then run Stanford's folding@home software (or Berkley's BOINC software then download one or more biology clients like: Rosetta-at-home, POEM-at-home, or Docking-at-home)
Should I leave my computer turned on when I'm not using it?
Won't this drive up my utility payments?
Comment: 46% of my electricity comes from fossil fuels so I am never 100% carbon free. But if I lived in a rural environment I would erect a small wind-powered generator. Why? There are places around Ontario's Great Lakes where the wind never stops. The same is also true for the Pacific coast of America off Washington State as well as the Atlantic coast off Maine.
What else can I do?
Additional advice for computer nerds
How will I know if my life has been extended?
Won't these discoveries be made anyway without our help?
Will these discoveries immediately translate into medical treatments?
Won't our computer contributions be "just a drop in the bucket"?
What would God think of this?
I believe that God would expect and approve of us doing this for the following reasons:
But if God really want to shorten your life he could trigger an aneurysm by flicking away a few cells in your brain.
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Folding@home @ Wikipedia