Online gamers crack AIDS enzyme puzzle... This Proves You Don't Need To Be A Scientist To Achieve Great Things For Science
Figuring out the structure of proteins is vital for understanding the
causes of many diseases and developing drugs to block them.
But a microscope gives only a flat image of what to the outsider
looks like a plate of one-dimensional scrunched-up spaghetti.
Pharmacologists, though, need a 3-D picture that "unfolds" the molecule
and rotates it in order to reveal potential targets for drugs.
This is where Foldit comes in.
Developed in 2008 by the University of Washington, it is a
fun-for-purpose video game in which gamers, divided into competing
groups, compete to unfold chains of amino acids -- the building blocks
of proteins -- using a set of online tools.
To the astonishment of the scientists, the gamers produced an accurate model of the enzyme in just three weeks.
The next time someone tells you that science is best left to the scientists because they're the experts... tell them to shut up and go eat a banana in the corner woth all the other monkeys.
This isn't the first time non scientists have cracked puzzles scientists couldn't figure out because scientists put too much faith in their tools and the scientific method which often extracts the one key element needed to find the answers you are looking for... that key element is common sense.
This was sent to me by someone who read one of my topics about Global Warming and how instead of listening to what the scientists tell us their facts tell us... why not examine their facts and ignore what their interpretation is so you might actually find the truth they either don't want you to know or lack the ability to understand their own information.
You tell me... scientists tell us that Global Warming is the natural process following an Ice Age. These same scientists tell us we lived through a period called the Little Ice Age that lasted between 300 to 700 years but ended around 1850. Scientists tell us that we only began recording global temperatures between 1880 and 1888 and that almost from the period we began recording global temperatures, we were in a period of Global Warming following the end of the Little Ice Age. Between 1940 and 1975 we experience the worst period of man made pollution in human history and yet, all scientific data tells us that Global Warming during this 35 year period of time stopped. In fact, scientists in the lat 1960's and early 1970's developed the theory of Global Cooling claiming man made pollution caused Global Cooling explaining why Global Warming ended. By the late 60's to mid 70's, environmentalists begin winning great success in their war to reduce pollution and their success causes Global Warming to kick back in again. The more success environmentalists have, the faster Global Warming accelerates and only when we see nations like China increasing their output of pollution bringing us back to levels close to 1940 levels do we see Global Warming again apparently stopping. Now here's the kicker, for all their talk, temperatures in the United States have actually been "decreasing" since around 2000... that's right, the success of environmentalism in the US has caused a decrease in temperatures here steadily getting cooler every year.
Where do I get my information? From the advocates of Man Made Global Warming themselves and they get their data from institutions like NASA. Yet, even by stating the painfully obvious truth, you cannot get Man Made Global Warming supporters to listen because they refuse to hear anyone but the Man Made Global Warming scientists and Al Gore. Mind you, I am using their own information here and not the information of their opposition.
Fact ~ Global Warming is happening and it is a natural process that began with the end of the Little Ice Age at around 1850.
Fact ~ Global Warming advocates like Al Gore chose to use this term so they could confuse adherents so they claim Global Warming is a scientifically proven fact... guess what, it is and it has been getting warmer at least for a time. But guess what, even Al Gore and these scientists will say Global Warming is a proven fact one moment and then turn around saying Man Made Global Warming is only a theory in the very next breath. What that tells you is they are knowingly twisting the truth to deceive the gullible and the ignorant who aren't paying attention to how these advocates are wording their comments... and not opening their eyes to see the truth for themselves that they have been deceived.
Fact ~ There are several PROVEN possible causes for Global Warming including the end of an Ice Age, the Sun being more or less active, the Earth rotating closer or further away from the Sun, the planet wobbling on it's Axis doing in one day what takes continental drift millions of years to achieve, a period of extensive volcanic eruptions and even the possibility of an asteroid or comet hitting the Earth... ALL PROVEN SCIENTIFIC FACTS. Man Made Global Warming is only a theory and it is more true to say that the scientists in the 60's who put forth the theory of Global Cooling that was added to every school science book was more true than the theory of Man Made Global Warming.
You don't have to be a scientist to see this truth and the fact that a group of video game junkies could find the answer to a puzzle scientists researching AIDS have spent over a decade searching for is just another reminder that you aren't as stupid as Al Gore and these Man Made Global Warming supporters are telling you... as a matter of fact, when faced with absolute truths their own supposed "proof" tells us, they deny it so that their own term for their opposition, calling them Deniers, is more true of them.
Maybe opponents of Global Warming are wrong because it definately was warming up and they should have realized that... but they aren't wrong in regard to Man Made Global Warming as man made pollution isn't causing it, it's a natural process that began with the end of the Little Ice Age and when pollution was at it's worst, temperatures DROPPED and the natural process of Global Warming that began at the end of the Little Ice Age stopped.
I just wanted to illustrate for you guys who were smart enough to see that Man Made Global Warming was not only just a theory and that supporters of it are being deceived... but it doesn't take being a scientist to achieve great things in science like these video game fanatics proved.
The scientific method also fails believers here because the scientific method requires using facts which when put together prove a theory is true... but when you apply these facts to the theory of Man Made Global Warming, they actually FAIL the scientific method because common sense alone tells you that the facts prove man made pollution causes the natural process of Global Warming to stop and by reducing pollution, this natural process kicks back in and temperatures start rising again.
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