Hunter Bergsma

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I am an aspiring inventor, scientist, musician, and educator. I resonate with creative, curious minds. I teach tennis and love helping people succeed.

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English

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education, Physics, Astronomy, Tennis Coaching

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University of Arizona

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Hunter Bergsma
Posted 6 months ago
What can we do to improve human population control?
Any control that impinges on human rights will not work, but there is a simple solution. Educate the global population! Too many people live and proliferate devoid of a global perspective. A powerful reproductive drive may not apply to all who read this, but for our species' success, it has been... well... rather important. Nearly all of our diverse and previously isolated cultures revere children... and many enjoy the act of making them. Some cultures just haven't gotten the memo. We are unfortunately running out of resources to fuel a technological and intellectual society, and everything would work better if we had less people. Or, we could continue our rabbitlike trend and revert back toward a more "natural" and "simple" lifestyle (and be subjected to the violent, apathetic whims of the universe). No, I would rather share information, and hope that my planetary companions see an obvious truth and make necessary decisions of their own free will.
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Hunter Bergsma
Posted 6 months ago
If the cure for mortality is found within your lifetime, would you go for it and become immortal?
What a wonderful problem to consider. Would I want to become immortal... to be in my physical prime with no worries of degradation or illness? Of course! Imagine all that I could learn and do in that time! I could navigate the entire globe, and would be fit to endure long intergalactic journeys. I could become a master of all scientific disciplines, of countless instruments and musical styles, and a multidimensional artist. I could explore, experience, and learn enough that I would undoubtedly be a wise man by today's standards-- with the ability to see a much larger picture of the universe. I would love to have the time to transcend human greatness. But my choice is not so simple. I.. I.. I.. Selfishness is abundant. Are we all offered eternity? Is it given, or bought? What of my friends and family? What of the 7 billion strangers in this world? Could our planet handle the strain? Of course not. Overpopulation is an enormous concern even now, with roundabout 50 year lives. Inequity in resources and education allows some to ponder immortality while others struggle to secure basic necessities for themselves and their loved ones. Who has the time to observe the patterns of our unsustainable birthrate? This is clear, if we became immortal, we would have to drastically reduce our creation of offspring. Does that act defile nature and taint our souls, or would we no longer view children as necessary numbers... but rather as incredibly rare and cherished members of society? Is it better to uncontrollably pump out generation after generation of creatures who die with insufficient time to understand their environment and purpose-- who pass on fragments of their incomplete information to the malleable youth... or would it be better to have a smaller, more intelligent family of lifeforms? This proposition is a chance for a type of evolution that we may not be prepared to handle, but one I argue is necessary for the advancement of quality of life and universal importance.
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Hunter Bergsma
Posted 12 months ago
Does everything that we do in life revolve around finding a mate?
No worries Filipe. I agree, seeking companionship is a beautiful, complex thing. Also, reproduction is definitely logical-- I wish I had been clearer haha! The main point I was trying to make is that we, as a species, are dangerously abundant. I am happy to share the planet with almost every soul that is here now, but I worry that our natural reproductive instincts and personal desires will soon begin to cause more harm than good. That is where the tidbit of illogic, selfishness, and irresponsibility comes into play. By blindly following urges, it seems that we do not pay enough respect to the sustainability of our ecosystem. Also, I am concerned that many people make "finding a mate" their primary goal in life, and I simply prefer that they attempt to advance humanity instead of inflating it! Emotion, beliefs, feelings... all undoubtedly involved. But, I hope that you can uncover at least a trace of logic this time around!
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Hunter Bergsma
Posted 12 months ago
If communism was working the way its progenitors wanted it to, would it be better than capitalism?
Many jobs are made irrelevant by superior AI processes, and the prospect can be frightening after watching Terminator or The Matrix. Watch these videos. Maybe they will brighten your outlook. http://www.ted.com/talks/erik_brynjolfsson_the_key_to_growth_race_em_with_em_the_machines.html http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_jennings_watson_jeopardy_and_me_the_obsolete_know_it_all.html
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Hunter Bergsma
Posted 12 months ago
If communism was working the way its progenitors wanted it to, would it be better than capitalism?
Everyone in this pointless situation would "have what they need." If I had all that I needed, I would have no purpose. If I had no purpose, my life would be meaningless. I would prefer to live rather than exist. The police state is to blame. All humans are not equal-- choices distinguish individuals. In your earlier paragraph, you listed two dictatorships that were ruled by dick-tators and composed of an idiotic, murderous flock of sheep. I value the life of a spider more than theirs. If you would counter this statement by saying that these people are "inhuman," I'll play semantics with you no problem. But I stand by my original assertion. Moving forward, wealth would indeed become irrelevant in such a dystopia-- but unless you are the first humanoid autotroph (which would be awesome), the basic needs would eventually be unmet. I realize that I contradicted your initial statement, that "no one would lack anything," but come on, that is simply unobtainable and therefore illogical to discuss. We do live in an unbalanced economical system. Help me change it. Who is doing this magical giving? Free water, I'm sold. "Pun"ters not getting paid to play football, I'm fine with that. Free transportation... ok? Free computers? Why do we need computers? Free education? What is the point? Somebody knows how to fix my brain tumor, right? And that sh*t is free... bonus. Free Hat? But he is a convicted baby killer! All you speak of is give me this.... give the the people that... you have no plausible scenario to enable this. In this machine, everyone will have but one function. Unfortunately, I am poop shoveler and I am sad. Maybe I can trade with the kitten petter. I am sure he would be down with that. Bah. I would love to be kitten petter. Perhaps I should learn to be a better kitten petter and win the affection of all the kittens! Maybe I should build an automate to be poop shoveler! I could program it to do many things. Now we have a bunch of functionless people. Bah.
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Hunter Bergsma
Posted 12 months ago
If communism was working the way its progenitors wanted it to, would it be better than capitalism?
Money is necessary. It is imperfect and, unfortunately, most effectively wielded by the covetous and corrupt... but it is necessary. And Kareem, before you subjectively belittle Capitalism, remember that it, like its "utopian" brother, was once an ideal. The bastardized version you see today is often immoral and therefore deserves criticism, but it, at least, is intended to support the freedom of choice. Can you say the same about whatever system you defend?
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Hunter Bergsma
Posted 12 months ago
If communism was working the way its progenitors wanted it to, would it be better than capitalism?
"Central planning has and always will fail." While communism is a beautifully swift example of such entropy, USA's flagship pseudo-capitalism relies heavily upon similar central planning... can anyone argue that our government is sustainable? I would call myself something like... an altruistic anarcho-capitalist. Ideally. (I would love to discuss the notion). What beautiful innovation and evolution might result from such a fluid existence?
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Hunter Bergsma
Posted 12 months ago
Does everything that we do in life revolve around finding a mate?
Seeking companionship--following reproductive urges--may be "natural," but in our overpopulated and unsustainable world, it is illogical and irresponsible. Like many before me have said, be true to yourself and your goals, but I urge you. Subordinate your own happiness, and simply aim to brighten the lives of others-- advance scientific, reasoned, moralistic, cooperative, compassionate humanity. Take care of this earth and those who are already struggling among their 7 billion brethren... happiness will find you. Unfortunately, if you are willing to sacrifice a traditional notion of belonging and purposed proliferation for the good of mankind, then I would recommend that you become a parent to pass on such values! Joseph Heller would understand this predicament.