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I Am Alive Because of SCIENCE!!

SarcastroSarcastro Registered User regular
edited February 2009 in Debate and/or Discourse
No really, I'm totally Alive Because of Science. In fact, I ran a quick tally and came up with the following:

Aspirin overdose (age 2) required stomach pump and hospitalization
Punctured artery in Leg (on hitching post, age 3) required surgery
Shattered Right Arm (fourteen places, age 5) (dunno if ida died, but life now would be unpleasent)
Broken Femur (age 7) see above
Spike through knee (motorcycle crash, age 9) In the tropics, internal infections can kill you. Easily.
Malaria, x 9 (fatal without treatment, age 9-14)
Ruptured Appendix (age 16)

So about 15 times just of the top of my head. And since then, so far so good, I don't think strep throat kills untreated, so I'm leaving it out.

Are you Alive Because of Science!? I've been wondering just how many people are. Let us know, in brief terms or interesting stories! Extra points for:

I Almost Died Because of Science, but Then Science Saved Me!
I Didn't Know They Could Do That!
I Have Animal Parts in Me!
It Turns Out, You Don't Really Need That!

Also, in the interests of fairness, if you have Died Because of Science, you are still welcome (and encouraged!) to post your tale!

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  • SageinaRageSageinaRage Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Jesus dude, was your dad Evel Knievel?

  • YodaTunaYodaTuna Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Brain Tumor removed with a laser scalpel.

  • matt has a problemmatt has a problem Six pack on a dick Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Open heart surgery when I was 6, to repair a ventricular septal defect (a hole in one of the chambers of my heart). Had it not been repaired I would've died at about age 21, when my heart would've basically been worn out from having to work much harder to pump blood. As it was at age 6 my heart was about the size of a 16 year old's.

    Other than that, I've never had anything worse than chicken pox.

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  • nexuscrawlernexuscrawler Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    You had malaria 9 times?

    D:

  • YodaTunaYodaTuna Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Sarcastro wrote: »

    So about 15 times just of the top of my head. And since then, so far so good, I don't think strep throat kills untreated, so I'm leaving it out.

    Untreated strep can cause kidney disease and failure later in life. Happen to my grandpa.

  • DrakeonDrakeon Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Jesus dude, was your dad Evel Knievel?

    Yea no kidding, holy shit is that a lot of stuff to happen to you at a young age. Also, how the hell did you get Malaria 9 times over the course of 5 years? D:

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  • nexuscrawlernexuscrawler Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    YodaTuna wrote: »
    Sarcastro wrote: »

    So about 15 times just of the top of my head. And since then, so far so good, I don't think strep throat kills untreated, so I'm leaving it out.

    Untreated strep can cause kidney disease and failure later in life. Happen to my grandpa.

    It can also spread to your heart

  • Lave IILave II Registered User
    edited February 2009
    Science rocks.

    I'm not alive because of science, but I have both legs because of science. Wonderful antibiotics shifting a huge infection in my leg.

  • ObsObs __BANNED USERS regular
    edited February 2009
    The real debate here is if there are more people who are dead because of science than alive.

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  • nexuscrawlernexuscrawler Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Obs wrote: »
    The real debate here is if there are more people who are dead because of science than alive.

    Alive easily

  • TachTach Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Born from a C-section? That count?

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  • matt has a problemmatt has a problem Six pack on a dick Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Technically we're all alive because of science. I don't know many people born without some kind of doctor present.

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  • Dunadan019Dunadan019 Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Technically we're all alive because of science. I don't know many people born without some kind of doctor present.

    well thats not entirely true, i mean 1 in 4 might have survived to 18 without any doctors

  • evilbobevilbob Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Would have died from asthma a whole bunch of times, especially the first time. Also had a reasonably nasty head injury when I was about 4 or 5, although I probably would have survived that.

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  • ObsObs __BANNED USERS regular
    edited February 2009
    Obs wrote: »
    The real debate here is if there are more people who are dead because of science than alive.

    Alive easily

    Explain?


    How many more have been saved then those who have died by bombs and bullets and wheels and diseases, all in the name of science?

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  • PodlyPodly good moleman to youRegistered User regular
    edited February 2009
    I am like Dwight Schrute when it comes to my rugged health.

    Although I am legally blind, so science made me contacts. Go optics!

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  • evilbobevilbob Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Obs wrote: »
    Obs wrote: »
    The real debate here is if there are more people who are dead because of science than alive.

    Alive easily

    Explain?


    How many more have been saved then those who have died by bombs and bullets and wheels and diseases, all in the name of science?

    Way way way less than would have died of disease or starvation without science.

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  • darleysamdarleysam Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Obs wrote: »
    Obs wrote: »
    The real debate here is if there are more people who are dead because of science than alive.

    Alive easily

    Explain?


    How many more have been saved then those who have died by bombs and bullets and wheels and diseases, all in the name of science?

    About 30.

  • PlutoniumPlutonium Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Obs wrote: »
    The real debate here is if there are more people who are dead because of science than alive.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norman_Borlaug


    Aside from a scar that would be a lot more prominent, I would totally still be alive without science. Though I'd have shitty teeth.

  • DerrickDerrick Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    I had a rare condition where a pipe in my throat that is supposed to dissolve normally during development didn't, and when I was a toddler became infected and swelled my neck out like a frog.

    I imagine going untreated that would have been fatal.

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  • BurtletoyBurtletoy Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    I have a job because of science!

  • nexuscrawlernexuscrawler Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Without modern farming techniques theres no way we'd be able to maintain close to our current population.

  • chasehatesbearschasehatesbears Registered User
    edited February 2009
    My life is a lot more comfortable because of science.

    About a year ago I started having episodes about once a month where I would throw up constantly for a week at a time. Life is not pleasant knowing that you have developed some sort of male period that makes you puke your guts out.

    In November I was diagnosed with acid reflux and put on protonix. Since then I've had one episode that lasted less than 24 hours.

    Yay Science!

  • ObsObs __BANNED USERS regular
    edited February 2009
    evilbob wrote: »
    Obs wrote: »
    Obs wrote: »
    The real debate here is if there are more people who are dead because of science than alive.

    Alive easily

    Explain?


    How many more have been saved then those who have died by bombs and bullets and wheels and diseases, all in the name of science?

    Way way way less than would have died of disease or starvation without science.

    Doubtful.

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  • matt has a problemmatt has a problem Six pack on a dick Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Without modern farming techniques theres no way we'd be able to maintain close to our current population.
    There's also no way we would've achieved our current population in the first place.

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  • ViolentChemistryViolentChemistry __BANNED USERS
    edited February 2009
    evilbob wrote: »
    Obs wrote: »
    Obs wrote: »
    The real debate here is if there are more people who are dead because of science than alive.

    Alive easily

    Explain?


    How many more have been saved then those who have died by bombs and bullets and wheels and diseases, all in the name of science?

    Way way way less than would have died of disease or starvation without science.

    You know, there's actual numbers to back this up. Population has growed since science came out.

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  • DasUberEdwardDasUberEdward Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Jesus dude, was your dad Evel Knievel?

    No it was Church.

    As for me. I had asthma real bad. Probably would have had one heck of a younger life.

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  • PodlyPodly good moleman to youRegistered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Obs stop being retarded. The only reason that science can kill as many people as it does (albeit in a a refracted way) is because SCIENCE HAS SUSTAINED THE LIFE OF SO MANY MORE PEOPLE

    Stop trying to emulate my contrarianism. You are dumb.

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  • KageraKagera Imitating the worst people. Since 2004Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Well I was born with a heart murmur.

    And I probably would have polio right now if there were no vaccine.

    And I nearly cut off my finger when I was 9, and probably would have lost it without science.

    And I definitely would have died without surgery.

    So yeah, totally alive because of science.

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  • chasehatesbearschasehatesbears Registered User
    edited February 2009
    Without modern farming techniques theres no way we'd be able to maintain close to our current population.
    There's also no way we would've achieved our current population in the first place.

    Current farming techniques are pretty wasteful. I'm doing an essay on vertical farming for an english class. It's the coolest innovation in agriculture I've eve heard of.

  • darthmixdarthmix Registered User
    edited February 2009
    Given that aspirin and motorcycles are also products of science, your "I'm alive because of science" account for those incidents balances at zero.

  • evilbobevilbob Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Obs wrote: »
    evilbob wrote: »
    Obs wrote: »
    Obs wrote: »
    The real debate here is if there are more people who are dead because of science than alive.

    Alive easily

    Explain?


    How many more have been saved then those who have died by bombs and bullets and wheels and diseases, all in the name of science?

    Way way way less than would have died of disease or starvation without science.

    Doubtful.

    yes because things like the black death stopped happening on their own by magic.

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  • OptimusZedOptimusZed Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Obs wrote: »
    Obs wrote: »
    The real debate here is if there are more people who are dead because of science than alive.

    Alive easily

    Explain?
    Total earth population now vs total earth population during the stone age.

    The difference? Science.

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  • CouscousCouscous Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Obs wrote: »
    evilbob wrote: »
    Obs wrote: »
    Obs wrote: »
    The real debate here is if there are more people who are dead because of science than alive.

    Alive easily

    Explain?


    How many more have been saved then those who have died by bombs and bullets and wheels and diseases, all in the name of science?

    Way way way less than would have died of disease or starvation without science.

    Doubtful.

    There is a reason why the population explosion didn't happen until science helped technology advance to the point where it was possible. Even in hellholes, the chances of living to 18 are better than before all the technological improvements. We would still be farming based on extremely primitive methods without science.
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  • nexuscrawlernexuscrawler Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    darthmix wrote: »
    Given that aspirin and motorcycles are also products of science, your "I'm alive because of science" account for those incidents balances at zero.

    Than logically a world with zero science would have the same population levels and mortality rates

    right?

  • PantsBPantsB Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    You had malaria 9 times?

    D:

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  • ObsObs __BANNED USERS regular
    edited February 2009
    Couscous wrote: »
    Obs wrote: »
    evilbob wrote: »
    Obs wrote: »
    Obs wrote: »
    The real debate here is if there are more people who are dead because of science than alive.

    Alive easily

    Explain?


    How many more have been saved then those who have died by bombs and bullets and wheels and diseases, all in the name of science?

    Way way way less than would have died of disease or starvation without science.

    Doubtful.

    There is a reason why the population explosion didn't happen until science helped technology advance to the point where it was possible. Even in hellholes, the chances of living to 18 are better than before all the technological improvements. We would still be farming based on extremely primitive methods without science.
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    This information is only meaningful if you overlay a chart of human deaths per years on top of it.

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  • OptimusZedOptimusZed Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Obs wrote: »
    This information is only meaningful if you overlay a chart of human deaths per years on top of it.
    For the population to go up, the net life flux needs to be moving in the birth direction. Unless more are being born than are dying, you're not gaining anything in terms of total pop.

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  • geckahngeckahn Registered User
    edited February 2009
    I just found out I have celiacs disease. It pretty much sucks, but if I had been born back in the day I probably would have died from malnutrition without ever knowing what was wrong with me.

  • Rhesus PositiveRhesus Positive Damn these electric sex pants! Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    I'd swallowed amniotic fluid before I was born, so I'm alive because of the doctors who did whatever they did to get me breathing.

    Also, without glasses, I'd probably have walked in front of a bus or fallen in the sea by now.

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