Issue CLXXXIII

January 4-13, 2009

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Mathematics
Ordering the Primitive Pythagorean Triples by Leg Difference and Size Using Generalized Pell Sequences:
Keith Raskin

January 13, 2009
Keith Raskin explains a method of categorizing all the possible Primitive Pythagorean Triples (PPTs) using Fibonacci-like sequences known as the Pell numbers.

Videos
Eliminating Death -- Part 11 -- Video -- Death and Taxes -- Immortal and Negligibly Senescing Creatures:
G. Stolyarov II

January 4, 2009
The cliche that death and taxes are inevitable is simply not true. Mr. Stolyarov gives a few existing examples of plants and animals that exhibit negligible senescence, as well as one animal that is functionally immortal.

Eliminating Death -- Part 12 -- Video -- Cognitive Dissonance and Euphemisms Regarding Death:
G. Stolyarov II

January 5, 2009
Most people today see the death of any particular individual as a tragedy, but see death in general as natural and even desirable. This is a logical contradiction which can only be morally resolved in one way - against death in both individual and general contexts. Mr. Stolyarov also explains how the use of euphemisms pertaining to individual death prevents many people from resolving this cognitive dissonance.

Eliminating Death -- Part 13 -- Video -- Biological Versus Technological Evolution:
G. Stolyarov II

January 6, 2009
Mr. Stolyarov addresses the claim that humans who live a very long time might be put at a disadvantage with respect to their distant descendants, who might evolve superior physical and mental characteristics. Mr. Stolyarov explains that, if all humans live indefinitely, there will not be a gap in abilities between us and our distant descendants, because technological progress and evolution are much faster and more directed than biological evolution. Humans who will live forever will be able to receive technological modifications to keep up with any positive biological evolution that occurs.

Eliminating Death -- Part 14 -- Video -- The Seven Causes of Death Via Senescence:
G. Stolyarov II

January 7, 2009
The seven primary causes of bodily decay over time have been known at least for the past 26 years, which means it is likely that we already know the nature of the problems that lead to death. Mr. Stolyarov gives a brief overview of the seven causes, as based on the work of Dr. Aubrey de Grey.

Eliminating Death -- Part 15 -- Video -- How Indefinite Life Will Come About:
G. Stolyarov II

January 8, 2009
Mr. Stolyarov explains the general process by which human beings will achieve indefinite life. Indefinite longevity will be reached incrementally, as various diseases are cured, rejuvenation therapies are introduced, and societal and environmental factors are improved. Once we pass the threshold at which life expectancy increases by more than one year every year, we will have effectively achieved indefinite life.

Eliminating Death -- Part 16 -- Video -- Why Immortality Will Win:
G. Stolyarov II

January 9, 2009
Mr. Stolyarov explains why every selection process is in favor of indefinite life extension to be accepted by public opinion. Most current opponents will either be coaxed by future disease treatments to de facto accept indefinite life or, if they choose to reject these treatments, will die out while those who support indefinite human life extension will continue to live and form the climate of public opinion. Only a campaign of mass murder and extermination by opponents of indefinite life could stop its eventual emergence.

Eliminating Death -- Part 17 -- Video -- What You Can Do:
G. Stolyarov II

January 10, 2009
Mr. Stolyarov gives a few suggestions regarding what you can do to aid the swift emergence of indefinite human life extension.

Eliminating Death -- Part 18 -- Video -- Never Seek Government Funding:
G. Stolyarov II

January 11, 2009
Mr. Stolyarov explains why advocates of indefinite human life extension should never seek government money to support this cause. Government funding will only hamper and slow down efforts at life extension, involve far more burdensome regulations than would otherwise be the case, and would give opponents of life extension legitimate arguments for restricting it, as it would involve the coercive use of their taxpayer money.

Eliminating Death -- Part 19 -- Video -- Life is Not an Illusion:
G. Stolyarov II

January 12, 2009
Mr. Stolyarov refutes the claim that life is an illusion. The argument that life is an illusion entails a performative contradiction, because one must be alive to make the claim. Moreover, life can be accounted for because of the concepts of spontaneous order and emergent properties.

"Rationality is the recognition of the fact that existence exists, that nothing can alter the truth and nothing can take precedence over that act of perceiving it, which is thinking." 
~ Ayn Rand

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