As by now you might have gathered from Harvard2TheBigHouse’s recent tweets attacking me, he is no longer with DRASTIC. He has been expelled by a near-unanimous vote on April 28, 2021.

Why? In short, for reprehensible public conduct. He attacked Matt Ridley and Alina Chan out of the blue because he thought his conviction was the reason they didn’t want to reference his and his father’s paper. Dan even filed a formal complaint with the British House of Lords against Matt Ridley, and complained about being slighted by them and myself to his sentencing judge.

Not that anyone had to…


Nicholson Baker has shared the following response from Dr. Kristian G. Andersen with me. I am publishing it here until it is published somewhere else by Dr. Andersen himself. As of today, I have not seen it published anywhere.

From: Chris Emery
Subject: Re: request for clarification
Date:
June 3, 2021 at 1:57:38 PM EDT
To: Nicholson Baker

Hi Nicholson,

Dr. Andersen received quite a few inquires about the emails, and many included similar questions. He put together the responses below to address them and help clarify the timeline and scientific process:

What data was available for our early conclusion?


(Everything you ever wanted to know about vax but were afraid to ask)

Ok, I’ve just about had it with all the ignorance and misinformation surrounding Covid vaccines. For some reason even smart and knowledgeable people have a blind spot when it comes to them. Maybe vaccines just got a bad rep from the days of antivaxx activists creating “vaccines cause autism” memes a decade ago, and it is subconsciously coming out now at a time of great fear, uncertainly and doubt that Covid has unleashed on our planet.

Let me be clear — our kids these days get dozens of shots and those vaccines are VERY safe. But new vaccines, like any…


In this letter we document several instances of public lies and/or slander committed by Dr. Angela Rasmussen on social media. We call upon Dr. Rasmussen to retract her false statement and apologize.

On April 9, 2021, Dr. Rasmussen has falsely claimed on Twitter of having received an email from one of Dr. Rossana Segreto’s colleagues at the University of Innsbruck, which informed her that Dr. Segreto has spent “the better part of a faculty meeting in her department attacking [Dr. Rasmussen] personally, saying [she] is incompetent, a CCP lackey, and exaggerating threats of violence and sexual assault”:


Evidence in support of the Strong Epigenetic Theory of Aging

Epigenetic clocks accurately show your expected remaining lifespan. Sort of like in that In Time movie.

Why am I such a huge fan of epigenetic clocks? Well, because in addition to being the most accurate predictors of our remaining lifespan — better than our passports or any other biomarker — to me they also provide evidence for a hypothesis I consider critical to defeating aging. The hypothesis that aging is an epigenetic program.

These days, most aging researchers agree that epigenetics play an important role in aging, and many, like David Sinclair, go so far as to recognize the role of epigenetics as critical. However, the way David formulates his Information Theory of Aging, the epigenetic…


Staff celebrating the physical completion of the laboratory in 2015, Wuhan, China (Source)

If you hear anyone claim “we know the virus didn’t come from a lab”, don’t buy it — it may well have. Labs around the globe have been creating synthetic viruses like CoV2 for years. And no, its genome would not necessarily contain hallmarks of human manipulation: modern genetic engineering tools permit cutting and pasting genomic fragments without leaving a trace. It can be done quickly, too: it took a Swiss team less than a month to create a synthetic clone of CoV2.

How I Learned to Start Worrying

Oh, come on. Lab-made? Nonsense! Back in January, that was my knee-jerk reaction when ideas that Covid-19…


Not just a copy, but truly still you

When I first heard about the concept of mind uploading, I thought it meant creating a digital copy of one’s mind in a computer where it would then continue to live all on its own. Well, I thought, this is of little comfort to me, the original. Who cares how many of my clones are created, as if I — this particular instance of me — die, it would be the end of the only ‘me’ I have ever been a part of.

To counter that view, some say that a clone of you waking up and believing that it…


What is a biomarker of aging and why do we need it?

We all probably know someone who “looks young for their age” and someone who “hasn’t aged well”:

A biomarker of aging allows us to turn this subjective description into objective medical reality. It enables us to conclusively say: yes, you are 50 years old, but you have the health of a 35-year-old. But you, young man, should take better care of yourself — your biological age is 10 years higher than chronological age, and this is fraught with a 48% increase in the risk of death.

What does aging have to do with the probability of death? Everything. In humans…


Exhumation not needed!

In the past few weeks, many new photographs of both Jeanne and Yvonne have emerged. While none of them offer any conclusive evidence for or against the identity switch, they do add new pieces to the puzzle. Moreover, a brilliant new insight from Philip Gibbs could mean that we can use an existing blood sample of Mme. Calment to conclusively establish whether it belongs to Jeanne or Yvonne. But more on that later.

First, I’d like to share something about Yvonne’s bow hat photo had been bothering me from the start. Take a look, does anything jump out at you?


(Note: To avoid work misattribution, please see the Authorship section at the end of this article)

In part 2 of my series of articles on Jeanne Calment, I wrote that she looks way too young on her ID card photo:

The ID was issued sometime in the 1930s:

Yuri Deigin

Life mission: defeat aging. Here I write mostly in English, my Russian articles are on Habr. I am also on Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, etc.

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