- Dec 1, 2004
I seem to remember James Lovelock saying in his book "The Revenge of Gaia" that oxygen would get everybody in the end. That if nothing else killed you a cancer caused by oxygen would. He maintained that oxygen was the biggest cause of cancer. However I think he also said in that book that he would be quite happy for a years waste from the UK nuclear industry to be buried in his front garden seemingly the heat given off by it would be a handy heat source for his house.
By the way what is it ok to die from? At least everyday there will be some article on radio, on-line , in the print media about some deadly (insert threat here) threat to our continued health and well being. So at this stage what are the acceptable risks? What is it ok to die from? What is the point of this thread? The words could and may should be banned from use in any reportage of health threats.
I have often wandered the same thing, we occasional hear of more progress against some disease or another that 'claims' so many lives per year, but all those saved will have to die of something. perhaps we should have a list of preferred deaths that we would like left uncured.
Obviously i am not talking about diseases of the very young, we would like to save them. (though at what quality of life cost is a separate discussion) just those that keep space at the top. Personally slipping away at 3am in my dotage from a stopped ticker sounds nice, i would not want that cured only to go on and get alzheimer's.