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Olivier Coquillo

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Why can't we all get together and find a cure to all terminal diseases?

I have not done enough research on collaboration between research centers but I promise to read all of your comments, since I am mostly asking this question to learn from you.

One of my dreams is to be able to witness an international collaboration and a public commitment from top research centers to find a cure to terminal diseases and to distribute the cure for free to people in need.

Do you think that there is a competition between research centers and scientists? Do you think that some groups are more focused on finding a cure to make money rather than finding a cure to save lives? I would love to know what you think.

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    May 19 2013: Outstanding question Oliver.

    “Do you think that there is a competition between research centers and scientists? Do you think that some groups are more focused on finding a cure to make money rather than finding a cure to save lives? I would love to know what you think.”

    I have no knowledge of any science organization that pursues such goals without the use of money, tools and trained/experience researchers in the fields of science. The economic system of trade in a country, usually defines the exchange of commodities/credits necessary to pursue such endeavors.

    While scientists tend to seek pure truth, research centers can only exist by using the economic tools designed to create the flow of ideas and research, necessary to give us these cures. The bottom line is, in any political system, money is the established system of exchange used to create these centers.

    While the profit of such research will benefit mankind as a whole, even without money, we can only put so much of our resources towards this goal because we have other priority goals that vie for the same resources. We all need food, clean water, clean air and shelter as a basic priority for most healthy people to live.

    There have been times when scientists have been brought together within one community that supplied all their basic needs to create knowledge that led to the creation of a device that would end war. That device, of course, was the atomic bomb and it did, indeed, end the war with Japan. From what I understand from reading of this event. Most of the scientists were happy and content to work together in this environment, but only for a limited time.

    When we become a class one civilization, we will have no use for money. The question is: can we be happy with this arrangement or will some other form of human exchange replace the affect money has on people, to motivate them to prosper through scientific understanding.
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      Jun 1 2013: good approach to the question...Thank you
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        Jun 1 2013: Mr Coquillo,
        I'd like to add that with the internet, we have the opportunity to team up with others who feel as we do and participate together to work for dreams such as you may have. I belong to many biology, engineer, physics, genetics, clubs where we try to do experiments to discover knowledge for free. Some devices have been invented that greatly reduce the cost of treatments and testing to the end user..

        Engineers who participate in such endeavors are responsible for creating devices that allow people without means to enhance the quality of their life, at a cost they can afford. Wheelchairs are a good example. I'm afraid that if we do make it to a class one civilization, it will be through more so through individual efforts, bonded with others of a like mind, through networking tools.

        We use to need a better mouse trap. Today we need a better battery. Point of use power is one of the greatest drags on human progress today. Perhaps you could participate. Image if every Haitian could make a device from simple parts and generate power for their living space on the cheap. Would that make a difference to the quality of life Haiti?

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