Archive for 2010/06/19

“Michael Shermer says the human tendency to believe strange things — from alien abductions to dowsing rods — boils down to two of the brain’s most basic, hard-wired survival skills. He explains what they are, and how they get us into trouble.

Michael Shermer debunks myths, superstitions and urban legends, and explains why we believe them. Along with publishing Skeptic Magazine, he’s author of Why People Believe Weird Things and The Mind of the Market.”

While you’re enjoying the video, please take a look at ‘The Field Guide to Heavy Metal Satan Fingers’

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“Want to live into your hundreds? If you’re young and fertile, you have to decide now whether you want to take a drug that will extend your life by a few decades.

Researchers at Stanford Medical School have discovered that blocking the activity of certain genes can extend the lives of roundworms by up to 30 percent – but only if the worms are fertile. This is further confirmation of what many scientists had already suspected, which is that the key to life extension is tied to the reproductive system. Geneticist Anne Brunet, co-author on the new study, explained: “It makes sense that the reproductive system would be involved in life span, since that is really the only ‘immortal’ part of an organism. In that context, the body is just the mortal envelope.

Let me some up this theory from io9.com. In other words: a team of scientists discovered that roundworms lived longer if they blocked the action of several different genes, most notably a gene called Ash-2. As long as you’re still fertile, with a functioning germline, shutting down Ash-2 might help you live longer. If you’re a worm.

Humans don’t deserve to live longer.