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Old 03-10-2018, 06:03 AM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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Why not just go for world peace - the economic benefits would be almost beyond calculation.

Once you understand the nature of cancer, you begin to understand why almost zero progress has been made in "curing" it - only in earlier detection and aggressive treatment, which has not fundamentally changed in decades.

It's a bit like trying to "cure" gunshot wounds.
There is a great deal of money to be made treating cancer. None to be made eliminating it. Guess who is going to win that war?
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Old 03-10-2018, 09:41 AM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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There is a great deal of money to be made treating cancer. None to be made eliminating it. Guess who is going to win that war?
Yeah, there's that. I do try to keep my mind out of such cynical ruts. No, I'm not always successful.
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Old 03-11-2018, 12:36 AM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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Please define "our prosperity" in this context. There are several billion people in the world today who do not yet even prosper from the invention of the wheel.
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Old 03-11-2018, 03:00 AM
 
Location: Prepperland
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If you dismantled the Federal government's "tax and bribe" system, eliminated limited liability and thus the need for regulations, and ceased meddling in the economy, America would regain prosperity.
Frankly, if American business and labor had ZERO taxes and ZERO regulations, I think investment capital would FLOCK into the nation.
And the wasteful but subsidized practices would change to the frugal practices that maximized output with minimum input.

Don't hold your breath waiting, though.
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Old 03-11-2018, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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If you dismantled the Federal government's "tax and bribe" system, eliminated limited liability and thus the need for regulations, and ceased meddling in the economy, America would regain prosperity.
Frankly, if American business and labor had ZERO taxes and ZERO regulations, I think investment capital would FLOCK into the nation.
And the wasteful but subsidized practices would change to the frugal practices that maximized output with minimum input.

Don't hold your breath waiting, though.
You are describing an economic and social hell run by the handful strong enough to stay atop the heap, at the expense of every person forming the heap. But, of course, you see yourself as an apex predator, so it's all okay.
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Old 03-11-2018, 12:42 PM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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Please define "our prosperity" in this context. There are several billion people in the world today who do not yet even prosper from the invention of the wheel.
Oh, please. The Tasaday et al. hardly number in the thousands and the most remote villages in Africa that have a road have vehicles.

If you're going to hyperbolize, at least do it usefully.
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Old 03-12-2018, 12:41 PM
 
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I think one of the reasons of current stagnation is lack of big inventions.

For example invention of combustion engine was a major boost.

But since then we couldn't add up to it.

I think we need major inventions in energy, transport, manufacturing, health and software particularly AI

Obviously we're not gonna see these inventions this decade.
You have to consider though, the Invention Secrecy Act was created in 1951...its still in force today. Reading about why this act was created on Google is pretty interesting, its basically a way to legally suppress any technology that could be a threat to existing industry or effect Govts ability to exert its authority.

Imo, this explains why we have reached a sort of tech plateau.

So, its not because MUCH greater tech does not exist, its just the general public are not privy to it.

Vehicles and transportation is a great example...what would the global economy be like if no one had to buy fuel or oil to keep their cars going, or didnt have to buy as much?
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Old 03-12-2018, 06:25 PM
 
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There is a great deal of money to be made treating cancer. None to be made eliminating it. Guess who is going to win that war?
Or you know, it can be really hard to treat something that masks itself as a normal healthy cell so your body can't detect what is going on.

I mean, it could be this massive global conspiracy to keep you sick or it might just be really really hard to nail down the more than a hundred variations of cancer and how they work and develop a cure for them all.

Frankly, you'd have to be an idiot to think someone is sitting on some magic cure for cancer. Cancer is a complicated beast and the causes are as numerous as the cases with treatment varying tremendously depending on what it is, where it is and what stage it is in.

Progress has been remarkable and steady over the last 2 decades and getting more and more promising with every trial.
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Old 03-12-2018, 09:53 PM
 
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I have many invention ideas, I just don't know how to make it happen without magic.
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Old 03-13-2018, 08:12 PM
 
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Frankly, you'd have to be an idiot to think someone is sitting on some magic cure for cancer. Cancer is a complicated beast and the causes are as numerous as the cases with treatment varying tremendously depending on what it is, where it is and what stage it is in.

Progress has been remarkable and steady over the last 2 decades and getting more and more promising with every trial.
Frankly, you'd have to be an idiot to think that technological advancement has halted in the last 20 years.

20-25 years ago, "internet" for the masses was AOL and 56k dialup. A phone call other than across town was expensive. If you wanted to buy anything, you had to actually drive to a store and you usually paid full retail price. You watched television on a small square tube. The examples are endless.
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