Tuesday, August 04, 2015

[ezrlnjyp] Cancer long game

The right thing to support if you want to cure cancer depends critically on how difficult it is to cure cancer (something we do not know), how many generations of research it will end up taking:

Support research efforts toward curing the specific form of cancer you care about (perhaps which you or someone you care about has a genetic predisposition).

Support generic research efforts toward understanding and curing all cancri.

Support generic efforts toward training and educating the next generation of scientists.

Support generic efforts toward encouraging critical and analytical thinking in the population.  It might be the best investment toward curing cancer might be toward political and social causes like atheism and combatting pseudoscience, an investment which will only pay off many generations down the line.

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