After over five decades of work, I think I've mostly completed it, a description of the strategies that will allow humans to survive into the future. In Genetics For A New Human Ecology, I think I solved the genetic part of how we could avoid the great genetic danger we face and how we could survive and adapt. My main study was biology. That seems sort of synonymous with survival. I had to cover most of the other sciences as well. Then there was philosophy and morality I had to cover. I studied most of human history, belief, habit and even speculation to get there. I've examined Tribal, Bronze Age, Iron Age, and the Western societies that followed. I looked at Eastern, Indian, African and Native American cultures. I looked at Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Deism, Atheism and quite a few other beliefs. I looked at examples of and speculations about societies organized by Merchants, Priests, Scientists, Warriors and Kings. I read speculations about societies that were all female, all male, all warriors (Spartan, Klingon and Kzin), all logical (Vulcans), psychically linked or adapted to life in space. I found considerations about societies of all clones or that reproduced by fission. I read discussions of societies of genetic super humans. There are so many stories, because so many thinkers have all tried to solve the same questions - how can and should humans survive? I was interested because I saw so much change and realized how much danger and potential for humanity it meant. It turns out that for the foreseeable future how humanity can survive, a strategic and biological problem, and how they should, a philosophical and moral problem, are the same problem. It's not like these answers I am suggesting aren't known, but the logical proofs we have of them are weak. Without strong knowledge, our beliefs and convictions cannot be strong. We need them to be or we will never make progress as we must and we will go backwards to just being animals. We need our beliefs to align strongly with our moral instincts, because that is where our strengths and choices come from. This story is to explain how we can we can survive and why we should. It is a moral statement, meant to give moral understanding and the moral strength that that understanding can create. We must understand ourselves because both our survival and destruction are in our nature. In a way it is like the description in my discussion of genetics. There is great danger because of changes we have made to natural selection and the mutation rate. The other side of that though is if we husband out genes to avoid that great danger, it will us allow us to adapt to the future genetically as we need to, but also it will give us unimaginable genetic wealth. If we avoid one dangerous moral strategy from our past and use another, we will be able to make a great future for humanity. Now let's see how clear and convincing I can be supporting my conclusions.
I've worked on this a long time and most of my work has been to produce some books. So far I have written three.
Transition To A New Human Ecology - My first, too long and difficult but most of the answers are in here.
When Barbara Explained Genius - Written on a lark to answer a question from the Templeton Foundation - What is Genius?
Genetics For A New Human Ecology - Half of the answer to how humans can make a new ecology to survive and develop in long term. I know it's good, because it's short.
Strategy For A New Human Ecology - The other half of the answer to how humans can make a new ecology to survive and develop in long term. It is in progress.
I have worked a long time on this but with the present challenge of the Covid-19 coronavirus, I feel a bit of pressure to finish up some so I've decided to make some videos of the Strategy part. I've used video before and I like how it communicates, but it is easier to do after the writing is done. Please understand if the videos are less than polished. I'm just doing what I can. Hopefully the content makes up for any production weaknesses.
From little understandings can come big understandings.
2. Genetics For A New Human Ecology - This is a video take on it that I put on YouTube.
To do videos like these takes a lot of time and retries to get it fairly good. After I make them I evaluate them and put a number from 1 to 10 for their quality. For the Genetics video I tried to only use 8 and above. Well, I don't have a lot of time just now, so if I've got 7's, I'm going to put them up and hopefully redo them later. The ideas should show through. Please bear with me. ... Many of these are about human instincts. We need to know ourselves. 2. Some Human Nature - Cooperation and Violence
3. Human Survival Instinct - The most basic, the most powerful and also hidden.
4. Self Awareness - To be human.
5. Love - It might surprise you its importance to civilization.
6. Our Cooperative and Violent Natures - We are both, but we need to use one and not the other.
7. Moral Instincts and Systems - Our survival strategies.