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Volume 1 Number 15                                                                        July 22, 2000

Maybe one of the biggest evolutionary steps that we need to take now is to learn how to ignore genetic imperatives and make adjustments so that we adapt to this new environment and stop making things worse?  (Most of us (myself included) hate change, but we have to embrace it and adapt to our new realities.)

One the most glaring examples of that is reproduction.  There was a time when a strong sex drive and making as many babies as possible ("Go forth and multiply", I believe is how someone once put it.) was good for the species and helped us to get here without being wiped out.  We have moved further up the food chain and tripled (or quadrupled) our life expectancy since those days, and that genetic imperative is no longer useful.  (In fact, it has gotten to the point where it may actually lead to the end of the species.)

Another sex related change, I think, is that we need to move beyond choosing mates base solely on lust.  Programming that into us eons ago helped to get us here, but, again, our long life spans really require that we be more discerning and make choices that take other factors into account.  (Lust is fun, but life is too long to spend it living with someone you don't have anything in common with besides sex.)

There may well be a time when those genetic imperatives will be necessary again, but my goal here is to figure out how the human race can survive and flourish, and in order to do that we will have to overcome genetic imperatives that helped us to get here, and move on to new ways that fit the times we now live in.  (For eons we lived in much simpler times and ways, and the survival tactics that got us through life then simply don't apply to the complex technological world we now live in.)

As always I think that science will eventually find ways to solve some of the problems, but until we get serious about scientific research we are going to need to change.  (For example, I think that we will make advances scientifically that will allow us to move out into space and into the oceans, and that we will eventually be able to expand the human race significantly.)

I'm a bit lost as to how to slow reproduction down though.  China limits couples to one child, which may be the fairest solution, but it creates problems of its own (For example, they have taken to aborting female fetuses.).  Another solution would be to let the market solve the problem, and require people to pay a sizable tax for each child; but it isn't really fair to bar poor couples from having a child.  (Anyone got any brilliant ideas?)

Considering all the large families I see on my daily 10 mile hikes around the mall, Americans are obviously totally oblivious to the problem of over population.  In fact we keep pressuring the government to give people with lots of kids even more financial breaks.  (Between TV, religion and drugs most of us are unconscious and totally oblivious to what is happening in the world.)

How do we go about slowing down something so primal?  (If science would get in gear and find a safe and effective method of birth control, the problem would be easier to solve; but the genetic and social pressure to have kids is immense and that has to be shut down somehow.)

Well, I got lost in marketing and was a week late getting this written again.  (And, I haven't done the material justice.)  (Hopefully someday I'll solve the money problems and be able to devote my time to studying and writing; but for now I've got to keep trying to find some way to make enough money to cover food and shelter.  (Maybe I should just let it all go and be content with living on the streets and begging for food?  (Most of the human race is getting by on almost nothing and maybe I need to join them in order to truly grasp the problems and find solutions that will work?)))

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