Karl Morgan

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Karl Morgan
Posted almost 2 years ago
Juan Enriquez: Will our kids be a different species?
This talk raises one obvious question and potential flaw, that since he didn't account for, may undermine the basis of his mental evolution claims; How much of the increases in those mental conditions are purely due to better detection? As understanding of conditions spreads and develops, then more people detect it and social stigma decreases and so more people admit to it. There is also the case of improved medical testing, our modern obsession with giving everyone some ailment or category, and of course population growth. I am not sure you can accurately adjust the figures for some of these, so then the data becomes rather meaningless, no?
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Karl Morgan
Posted almost 2 years ago
Debate: Should we endlessly assist population expansion?
But we didn't starve Africa George, they persist, having children even though they starve themselves. Maybe western people did in the past, and maybe our culture and tech have changed native folks lives so that now they cannot look after themselves, but they are not domesticated animals. They are people, and as such, they hold some self determinism and responsibility. I now see that with stability and a baseline of wealth and education, the reliance on offspring to survive, essentially birthing a workforce, is diminished and populations are capped, but it's still way too high as far as I am concerned given the amount of space we use, for urban area, for farming, for water usage, for grazing, and for mining (of all things from hardwoods to coal). How much space we as a species take up on this planet is annoying to me as how little space we are given in our average homes. Perhaps an answer for both is more communal living, just a thought.
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Karl Morgan
Posted almost 2 years ago
Debate: Should we endlessly assist population expansion?
After seeing Hans Rosling's TED talk on Religions and babies, I am rather less concerned about population strangulation. At least some, for then I have today seen Jonathan Foley on TED, with the Other Inconvenient Truth, that even if we cap at 9 billion, we have serious agricultural and thus environmental problems. I get the point of "who the hell are we to slam others for destroying nature", and there's not a natural square metre left in Britain (people think moorland is natural, they are wrong), however that damage is done. I do feel we should depopulate the west too, and try to restore something natural, get some forests back etc. But it's in the third world where inefficiencies meets ignorance meets population growth meets true natural environment. I think it's also important to differentiate between the ACCELERATION of population growth SLOWING and actual population DECLINE. Birthrates are only part of it, it's the totals that concern me. If every person needs 125kWh per day, as I half remember from another TED talk, and we at 7billion use crop land equivalent of all of South America, plus another area the total size of Africa for grazing our animals, then please ask yourself - how many people should there be on this planet? I cannot get an answer to this one simple question - even from religious nuts that espouse massive breeding INCREASES, and that is WHY? (Besides a "god" telling you to multiply and be fruitful) Why do we not want less people, why am I alone thinking that the world would MUCH better with 1billion vs 7 billion. Seriously, please someone tell me - why is more better? Because is doesn't mean you know more people, does it equal more creativity and ingenuity? Is that proven or even investigated? Or is it simply that many people want a house full of children? Does that sort of thinking come from Individualist thinking, and Individualist parenting?
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Karl Morgan
Posted almost 2 years ago
Debate: Should we endlessly assist population expansion?
Two points. 1. I forget the name of the speaker, or talk, but just saw one vid on TED from a lady saying that India and I think the surrounding places, have an appalling and absurdly high occurrence of rape. Rape comes with lack of policing and the disrespect of women. I see no reason why SS Africa would be any different. 2. Having also just seeing Hans Rosling's TED talk on Religions and babies, I am far less concerned about population. Though, as you comment about natural destruction, and I did too, if we saw a sharp down turn in human population then I suspect many species would do much better on our planet. I will go check Rosling's data tho.
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Karl Morgan
Posted almost 2 years ago
Debate: Should we endlessly assist population expansion?
Wowser, thanks Sharon. Yeah, your country takes the biscuit for loons. That's what happens when the craziest religious fruits from all of Europe re-settle and inbreed in the new land. I think the vastness of your wilderness also encourages those inclined to go rather wrong in the headspace. But plenty of my favourite intellectual material and "stuff" comes from the same country, like CentOS, Bill Hicks, and TED! PS. "contracepting" is not a word, the OED has spoken! Check out that cultists youtube page, these people should not be allowed to influence children prior to deprogramming; https://www.youtube.com/user/ComeUnityinTruth What I don't understand is why these people are trying to promote population increase, because they are not just trying to sell their own people, which obviously aims to increase the subscriptions, which is the game the catholics play, but why encourage everyone to breed in ever increasing numbers? What is the fundamentalist christian angle here? For the longest time, I abhorred Christianity and Islam for their most toxic obnoxious subversive illogical lies and dogma. But Joseph Campbell (another American!) told of how it all can be viewed purely as metaphor, and then as such, it is a new age retelling of older spiritualism, not a simple rip off and bastardization of Buddhism and Ancient Egyptian mythology. I am more sympathetic to the moderate Jews, they are less certain, and seem more open to the metaphorical interpretations. They seem highly pragmatic, for a religion, and open to dialogue. Though the orthodox Jews, I lump them with the other Abrahamic cults - it's plain child abuse.
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Karl Morgan
Posted almost 2 years ago
Debate: Should we endlessly assist population expansion?
You clearly still think I am an American. Else you need to revise your geographic understanding of Mormonism. Please see my response to TED Lover below. Does "the belt" refer to the bible belt of America? Your writing is hard to follow, very poor use of English in malformed spasms of disjointed phrases. Are you familiar with the theory of proof-reading? It's not a cult. As I just wrote below, I have grave concerns if nothing stops our overpopulation, as quality of life would be gravely affected for humans, and most of the natural species of the planet would be destroyed as urban sprawl swallows up the land and we finish off the rainforest. As for your foretelling of nature controlling all growths, human history is thus far the clear exception. Perhaps nature will cull us, thin the herd, but with our ingenuity, this would require something nasty and I'd rather not push it to that point. Your bit about changes removes power from men, does not correlate with my understanding of anything at all, if that is the summation of the opinion, then I simply disagree. But it sounds like half a thought, so maybe there's more. Your last sentence is pure gibberish. As is the paragraph before it, save the incorrect quote of Albert Einstein when he defined Insanity (not idiocy) as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. The bit about the Earth surviving on acceptance, suggests to me you are attempting a failed metaphor perhaps. The Earth is in fact a planet. Planets survive as long as they maintain orbit and from a technical standpoint, are large enough to be categorized as a planet. Planets cannot offer acceptance.
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Karl Morgan
Posted almost 2 years ago
Debate: Should we endlessly assist population expansion?
So are you for population decrease? What do you think about Magnus' great wall of Africa? I was surprised to see in your profile you are from Canada, your views sound VERY American (USA). Is religion such a corrupting influence in Canada too? Good news to you sir, the rest of the world is not infected by such corrosive religious zealotry. Many places are religious, but they are the good side of it, they know it's place as spiritualism, rather than a political ideology. And for places like where I am, religion is fading from style. Although it's still embedded in our official institutions, I take solace in Britain's long cautionary approach, trying to avoid negative radicalism. We'll get there, and maybe those lawyers will take those wigs off some day.
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Karl Morgan
Posted almost 2 years ago
Debate: Should we endlessly assist population expansion?
Ooo, you have touched on two things that make me wildly unpopular, Abrahamic cults and American politics. Let me just say, I agree, these cultists are of huge concern to me too. Those "religions" anger me beyond expressing nicely here to you lovely people. I am not of your country though TED Lover (praise Xenu!). I was fortunate enough to be born in Europe (phew) in the UK in particular (lucky lucky bar-steward). And here the religion is less common, though still a major influence in politics for those really looking, it is much less fire-and-brimstone crazy town. We are British after all! Pip pip. So good look with all your craziness America. We (the rest of the world) are far from immune from your turmoils and corruptions, but if there's one thing we all know about America, it's that no-one outside the country is going to change anything there in any meaningful way (not without a nuclear winter). On the topic of starving and future predictions, that really is only part of my concern. Again this focus leads to a simple continuation of the same problem. "Oh no! We are starving!", science and tech breaks through with another save and we all go on breeding like rabbits. The real concern is that at some point there is no countryside. And that our numbers permit something catastrophic; superplague, total environmental destruction or GM finally makes us all infertile. Besides that, there's a real quality of life question. Seeing pictures of Manila, Mumbai, even New York and Tokyo; it skeeves me out. There are not enough anti-depressants in the world for me to live like that. Why would you birth the next 20 BILLION children into a world with 20 billion people crowding it? Put in your own figure, how many would make you reconsider having children? If there is no answer here, then you have the crooks of the problem. We are not as in control as we think. Having kids is primal and emotional. I don't have answers, just questions of blindly feeding the breeders.