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On Tue, 2 Oct 2001, Damien Broderick wrote:
> If something like this were shown to be true, death literally would be seen
> as a disease, akin to kuru. Medical means might be found to block the prion
> form and promote benign conformations. What then for the pious? Must we
> assume that God has allowed this vile disorder for our own good, or even
> cast it upon humankind as a punishment? But if that's so, it must apply as
> well to other illnesses, yet even the pious, unless they are very odd, seek
> cures for infections and heart conditions, etc. Why not for death?
I doubt it's prions, but hey, I'm wrong more and more these days.
Whatever the cause of aging, infectious, genetic, or thermodynamic, it
IS a disease. Once we nail it, I'm sure it will be the same damn
Darwin and Galileo crap all over again. If the 'pious' are still the
dominant culture when this happens they'll put us on trial, maybe kill
us, and then quietly make their peace with us a century or two later
(if they're still around and I'm not too optimistic).
What we need is a separate, and well-defended nation founded on
rational principles and governed in an anarcho-capitalist manner so we
can all move there and carry on our work, giving the rest of humanity
some time and space to catch up.
gun Constitution militia
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