Man's nature, I mean. I've read some amazing things going on in the science world. I'm sure Zendog sees it as the beginning of the Great Conspiracy to begin human experimentation, but as paranoid and cynical as I am I can't see it as bad.
They are finding molecules that fight viruses now. Imagine that! Antibiotics have been a dead end and everyone has known it, yet we haven't been able to turn away from the cliff. The drug companies love the fact that antibiotics gradually fail and weaken against old enemies. They are kept in constant business; their product includes planned obsolescence. Phage research seems to have died out, and I've always suspected behind-the-scenes shannigans to block research funding for it.
But now more methods are coming to bear. They finally figured out what everyone knew: Flu is more contagious in the winter! When scientist finally catch up with common sense, there is cause to celebrate. Why? Because common sense and folk wisdom can only ever go so far. It can only take in so much information and intuit so much from experience. There are no mathematical models or disciplines in the shaman's art to enable him to push beyond the evidence of his senses or the history of his people's experience.
Science can build past experience into theory and prediction, can solve the things that cannot be seen by the naked eye.
They've found copper surfaces disable the flu better than stainless steel now. Now isn't that against anything you'd see in a hospital, with there shiny steel everywhere? The war against viruses may be winnable. I expect hospitals will be switching to copper soon.
Heat increases the efficacy of chemotherapy 40%, all kinds of drugs, all kinds of cancers. What a simple thing, to be so powerful. Cancer cells hate heat! Plus they are finding ways to insert iron nanochips in cancer cells so they can be microwaved and cause the cancer to fry. Amazing!
Plus a possible vaccine for AIDs on the horizon. Hard to believe. They've found a virus that may cause chronic fatigue. Remember not long ago when it was "all in their head"? Not less than 10 years ago. In the world of science this is blazing speed.
My faith is slowly restoring in the future. Perhaps the indomitable spirit of Man will come through in his research, his inquiring mind, and the greedy corporations will be unable to stem the tide. Stem cells! They are starting to work - I read of how they are generating heart cells after figuring out a catalyst. Turned out you can't just drop stem cells in a body and have them do more than become a lump of tissue. They need some sort of framework to take off properly.
Seems like everyday they unearth a new proper skeleton. I can remember when all they had was one lousy tooth for old Lucy. That was pathetic and sad and made the Evolutionists look foolish. Now they've unearthed entire colonies of creatures that shed a whole new light on current theories. The Creationists are surely at work, but they can't be completely excited.
Water on the moon?? What strange times we live in, perhaps space is not a dead void after all. Exoplanets being detected, too. And the new computerized telescope that runs billions of adjustments to map gamma rays from the surface of the earth. The belt around Saturn at 15 million miles detected by infrared! Hubble, finding the edge of the universe, at least as it was long ago. And black holes at the center of galaxies, revealing more secrets. I think the whole "darko" collection of things has gotten a bit whacky and silly, but I'm sure real science is on its way.
And the new super collider coming in 2010 has experiments that may finally reveal the graviton. This may not seem like much, but it would be a big step towards the Theory of Everything. Scientists could turn their attention more seriously to string theory. String theory may be the final theory, imagine that!
That viruses and cancer are linked is not news to me, but apparently it is to scientists. My wife had COPD and fatigue long before she had leukemia, and constantly had infections of all sorts. They are finding the connection to fatigue and prostate cancer in viruses, and they've found viruses that cause cervical cancer. The mysteries are breaking down.
Their figuring out how our internal clocks work, they're finding that diabetes drugs may be the new anti-aging drug (!), and on and on.
And computers can't seem to stop getting faster, even as they reach the limit of the current technology lithography. New technologies are coming about, and quantum computing is not just a crazy theory anymore. Plus finally they may be tieing classical and quantum physics together. The pieces form, Einstein would be shocked and amazed! And entanglement and chaos are now related, perhaps chaos is a measurable phenomena.
Not to mention the cracking of the brain. I suspect they will find everything we do to be deterministic, the output of measurable processes. Free will will cease to be, at least to the knowledgeable. We will still act as if we were free, but will hopefully know better.
Even psychology may be cracked, as the numerous blind alleys slowly die out. Freud and Jung were great, but oh so very foolish. As cute as the ideas of some, they are merely guesses presented as facts to a gullible fan base. Now science will take the good and bad out of the definition of Man, and we will have to find our demons elsewhere.
I think perhaps I may banish all other news of politics, of the world, of the insanity. It seems only to drown me in a depression and miasma. There is madness in the spindoctoring on all sides of an issue.
What will the future be? When we know how everything works, but still can't seem to get along?