Natural Cancer Resistance in Mice and in Humans


Zheng Cui is a biochemist currently serving as an Associate Professor of Pathology (Tumor Biology) at Wake Forest University. Last year his research into granulocyte therapy made headlines by achieving a complete cure for all types of cancer tested in mice. As an oncologist and a cancer researcher he has proposed that certain individuals (estimated at 10% to 15% of the human population) naturally produce a special kind of white blood cell that contains an inherent resistance to cancer. These white blood cells could potentially be extracted from donors and given to cancer victims, thus endowing them with cancer resistance.

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Trying to Muse Rationally About the Singularity Scenario


Douglas Hofstadter is College Professor of Cognitive Science and Computer Science, and Adjunct Professor of History and Philosophy of Science, Philosophy, Comparative Literature, and Psychology at Indiana University, where he directs the Center for Research on Concepts and Cognition. His books include the Pulitzer Prize winning Gödel Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid, Metamagical Themas, The Mind’s I (with Daniel Dennett), Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies, Le Ton Beau de Marot, and a verse translation of Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin.  At the Singularity Summit at Stanford he stated his belief that the Singularity scenario, “even if it seems wild, raises a gigantic, swirling cloud of profound and vital questions about humanity and the powerful technologies it is producing. Given this mysterious and rapidly approaching cloud, there can be no doubt that the time has come for the scientific and technological community to seriously try to figure out what is on humanity’s collective horizon.”

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Being Good Enough


Environmentalist Bill McKibben, a visiting scholar in environmental studies at Middlebury College, is the author of The End of Nature, the first book for a general audience about global warming. Published in 1989, it is now available in 20 languages. His most recent book, Enough, critiques human genetic engineering, nanotechnology and other rapidly advancing technologies.  It was his belief, posited at the Singularity Summit at Stanford that we need to decide that we live, most of us in the West, long enough. “In societies where most of us need storage lockers more than we need nanotech miracle boxes, we need to declare that we have enough stuff. Enough intelligence. Enough capability. Enough.”

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