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  1. Very interesting, not least because Murthy is the father of Rishi 'The Rat' Sunak's wife, Ashkata Murthy.
  2. Don't know if this belongs in here, but it does involve 'Tech' ...
  3. Interesting Telegraph article ... One in four who had Pfizer Covid jabs experienced unintended immune response mRNA vaccines were affected by the glitch but no adverse effects were created, Cambridge researchers say Joe Pinkstone, Science Correspondent 6 December 2023 • 5:17pm More than a quarter of people injected with mRNA Covid jabs suffered an unintended immune response created by a glitch in the way the vaccine was read by the body, a study has found. No adverse effects were created by the error, data show, but Cambridge scientists found such vaccines were not perfect and sometimes led to nonsense proteins being made instead of the desired Covid “spike”, which mimics infection and leads to antibody production. mRNA jabs, such as the ones created by Moderna and Pfizer, use a string of genetic material to tell the body to create a specific protein that safely imitates an infection. Research in the field, spanning decades, had been slow work. It often stalled because RNA itself is often attacked by the body as a foreign invader. But in 2023, the Nobel Prize for Medicine went to the pair of scientists who had spent years working to fix the problem. It was done by taking one of the RNA bases, uridine, and swapping in a very similar synthetic alternative. This breakthrough allowed scientists to create proteins in the body without the immune system attacking the jab. It allows for quick and precise vaccines that are highly effective and was the backbone of the Covid vaccine response. Not a perfect fit It was thought the minor tweak to uridine caused no problems in cells, but a team of researchers at the University of Cambridge’s Medical Research Council (MRC) Toxicology Unit have now found when this partially synthetic code is read, the protein-making machine in the body sometimes struggles with the uridine analogues. Because it is not a perfect fit for what is expected, there can be a momentary pause which causes the process to stutter and a letter in the code can get skipped, much like a bike slipping a gear. This process, called frameshifting, throws out the way the code is interpreted as it relies on groups of three bases, known as codons, being read in the right order. This issue, caused by the jab’s code, throws the process completely out of sync and the entire subsequent code becomes garbled. In the case of the Covid jabs, the end result is a nonsensical and harmless protein, the team found, which the body attacks and leads to an immune system flare-up. The new study, published in Nature, found this occurred in around 25-30 per cent of people. Rogue protein fear The vaccine is read well enough to create the strong protection against the coronavirus, the scientists say, but the frameshifting issue creates what was, until now, an unknown off-target effect. The code relating to the Covid vaccines was harmless and no issues were created. However the team say that subsequent mRNA vaccines used for other diseases or infections could, in theory, lead to viable proteins being created that are active in the body. In this scenario not only is the vaccine not making the right protein, it could lead to a rogue protein being produced. There is no evidence of this occurring in the Covid jabs, the authors stress, and they say any trials on other mRNA therapeutics would detect any such problems in early stages. Dr James Thaventhiran, senior author of the report, said: “Research has shown beyond doubt that mRNA vaccination against COVID-19 is safe. Billions of doses of the Moderna and Pfizer mRNA vaccines have been safely delivered, saving lives worldwide.” The authors also found that there is an easy way to eradicate the frameshifting events which relies on changing the code of the mRNA drug to minimise the use of the problematic pseudo-uridine. Replacing it with a natural base that when read as a trio still makes the correct amino acid is enough to stop the unwanted skips and therefore improve safety without sacrificing efficacy. These findings were shared with medicines regulator MHRA around a year ago, the scientists say, and updated vaccines that use the improved form of mRNA are in the works for cancer jabs, and other therapeutics. ‘Revolutionary technology’ “This technology is amazing and it’s going to be revolutionary as a new medicine platform for all sorts of things, but we’ve just made it a whole lot safer going forward,” Professor Anne Willis, co-senior study author and director of the MRC Toxicology Unit told reporters. “Ribosomes are somehow sensing the modified RNAs, but the Covid vaccines are very, very safe and very, very efficacious. “But there are decoding issues with this technology that can cause stalling and frameshifting and we can get cellular immunity to these peptides after vaccination.” However, she adds it is very exciting that there is a way to fix the issue, which “massively de-risks this platform going forward”
  4. There is no concept of 'God' in this type of simulation. Because the sim is started with initial conditions then left to run freely without further input, then the only 'God' that can exist within the sim would be a God (or gods) created by the sim participants themselves. The advanced intelligence (or whatever you'd like to call it) is not a God as it exists outside of the simulation.
  5. By 'Simulation,' I mean a program of sorts created by an advanced intelligence, set up with precise initial conditions and left to run its course without further interference. Such a simulation is a Zero-Player game, where no outside influences ever take part in the sim, unlike today's popular simulation games, such as The Sims, where interaction from outside of the the game takes place. In fact, the movie The Matrix also isn't a good example of a simulation either, as the participants can exist inside and outside of the 'reality' provided by the sim. An extremely simplified, yet good example of such a Zero-Player game is Game of Life by John Conway, which was developed back in 1970. Using a handful of very basic rules abd initial conditions the game can be set to run automatically. In some runs it will annihilate all of the cells in the game. In others it will keep on multiplying ad-infinitum, or even create strange, moving patterns of cells (nicknamed Gliders, Blinkers, Blocks, etc) all without any further outside interaction. I remember writing a Game of Life program on my old ZX81 way back in the early 80's. It's fascinating stuff and very easy to understand and program!
  6. Often discussed, but nearly always with the same old arguments ... The Simulation Theory proposes that we are living in a 'Simulation' and that our reality is purely information-based and 100% dependent on mathematics. It's an interesting theory and, without going into too much boring detail, explores such things as the 'graininess' of reality and how there is a finite limit to the smallest 'pieces' that make up this reality, and is defined as the Planck Length, after the famous Max Planck. All of this and much more can be found by simple searches on Google and YouTube. What I propose here are purely my own thoughts on why we may be living in a Simulation. To run any simulation you need a computer of sorts to handle all of the information. It then naturally follows that the larger and more detailed the simulation, the processor speed and storage requirements of the computer must increase too. Basic stuff, I'd say. So let's now assume a super-advanced race of 'beings' has the technology available to run such a simulation. My questions would be: What would be the point of running such a simulation? Would the simulation be left to run unattended? Would a 'God' figure be introduced into the simulation? Point 1 My own view is that such a simulation would not be run for fun, but would be used to obtain answers to some serious questions the creators have, whatever those may be. Point 2 In light of my answer to Point 1, I would also assume that the simulation would be given initial conditions and left to run unattended. In other words, I believe no sensible answers can be gleaned from a simulation which is constantly tweaked. Point 3 Now, the CRUNCHER! I can see no point in the creators programming the simulation with a God figure of any kind. This leads me to an answer for the age-old problem of why our own God has never intervened to help any of us in times of great suffering. Where was God during all the wars, famines, floods, fires, and countless other natural disaters and man-made atrocities, eh? It's simple ... there IS no GOD! We are here, stuck in this simulated reality, and will suffer as required, with no gods, white knights, or men dressed in tights ever in sight on the horizon. After 71 years in this simulation this is sadly the conclusion I have come to, based purely on experience. It's also why I find it futile to blame God for anything going wrong in the world. If anyone can shed any light on why I'm wrong I'll gladly listen, as long as your answers don't involve blind faith.
  7. Thanks Mac, that was very interesting indeed.
  8. Yep, just shows you how bright those lights really are ...!
  9. I fail to see any significance at all in those cloud images. View the same clouds at the same time from a mile or two away and they will look completely different.
  10. They're definitely not real. That's why you see them spending so long on electricity wires ..................... recharging!
  11. Apologies, I didn't think the articles were too long to read.
  12. Two brilliant, easy to understand articles, well worth the small amount of time needed to read them ... The hidden reasons behind the war on Gaza (Part I) 'Israel' destroys Gaza to control world’s most important shipping lane (Part II)
  13. Two brilliant, easy to understand articles, well worth the small amount of time needed to read them ... The hidden reasons behind the war on Gaza (Part I) 'Israel' destroys Gaza to control world’s most important shipping lane (Part II)
  14. Agreed. While we're off-track though ... I believe Stephen Hawking hit the nail on the head regarding people who believe in Fate. He said that those who truly believe in Fate should try standing at the edge of a busy road and cross it with their eyes closed. Now THAT would be a true test!
  15. Interesting answer to a common question: Why can't robots check the box that says 'I'm not a robot'?
  16. All of this seems to be bordering on the notion of Fate. Do you believe we control our own lives or are we controlled by Fate?
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