Message from the Chairman:
If you wish to thank Justin 'Mind' Loew for his service past and future and would like to explore how you yourself can help with ImmInst activities, now would be a great time to visit the ImmInst.org forum.
The Pope's stance against life?
In this years Easter message, the Catholic Pope Benedict XVI has spoken out against life extension:
"Modern medical science strives, if not exactly to exclude death, at least to eliminate as many as possible of its causes, to postpone it further and further, to prolong life more and more. But let us reflect for a moment: what would it really be like if we were to succeed, perhaps not in excluding death totally, but in postponing it indefinitely, in reaching an age of several hundred years? Would that be a good thing? Humanity would become extraordinarily old, there would be no more room for youth. Capacity for innovation would die, and endless life would be no paradise, if anything a condemnation. The true cure for death must be different."
What do you think? Share your views with ImmInst Advisor Dr. Aubrey de Grey here.
ImmInst is planning a conference in 2010. In the past, ImmInst has organised its own conferences, co-sponsored events with like-minded organisations or organised ImmInst breakout sessions at friendly gatherings. This year, we are aiming to organise another standalone ImmInst conference, most probably in Europe. All Members are asked for their views and suggestions and to register their interest in attending in the Events forum.
Creative Writing Contest - PLEASE VOTE
Submissions for the creative writing contest are now closed. The Winner will be announced in the next newsletter. All ImmInst Members are asked to vote for their favourite stories. Authors can win a cash prize as well as publication on the Imminst homepage. Find all the details here.
'Elders Advice'- Videos sought
A new creative 'contest' of sorts where we are asking members to send in short video interviews with their elders- people aged 88 years and older. What perspectives do you gain after having lived that long? What lessons do you learn? Any tips on staying alive? This is the type of advice that those interested in life extension should pause and listen to. Small prizes can be won and all entries will be published on the Imminst homepage. For terms and conditions check out ImmInst.org/elders.
Forum Tip: 'Personalised 'Active Topics'
The ImmInst forums are such an active place, that it sometimes can feel like drowning in too much information. Many visitors to the forum enjoy the 'active topics' function - the click of a button generates a lists of topics and discussions where people have most recently responded to. However, not all of these discussions might be in areas that a member is interested in. Did you know that, thanks to an original modification devised by ImmInst volunteer maestro949, it is possible to establish a personal 'filter' that collates 'active topics' only from those forum areas that you are interested in? Check it out here.
The March 2010 volunteer prize-winner is b0gger, an ImmInst member from Russia. This is the second time since 2009 that he has won the randomly drawn prize, and the win is richly deserved for his consistent activity within the ImmInst Internetworking team. See this topic for all past volunteer prize winners and here for the most recent activities of the Internetworking team.
Please welcome Imminst member Ilia as the newest Navigator at the Institute. Ilia will focus on the ImmImst regional forums. Ilia has been a an important and committed member of ImmInst for many years and we are sure that with Ilia's help and guidance the ImmInst regional groups will get optimal support from the ImmInst website.
ImmInst Board member Sven s123 has taken on the mantle of interim Chief Navigator. He is the person to call to arbitrate disputes with a Navigators decisions.