Transition To A New Human Ecology

Morro Bay Dock in the Fog

The purpose of this long story is to explore and describe how can humans adapt genetically and strategically to the new ecology we need to "find" to allow long term survival and development after leaving the "hunter gatherer ecology" for the farms and cities of civilization. The story is broken up into Genetics, Cognition, Instincts and Strategy. Hopefully that is enough to describe human ecologies well enough to solve the problem of long term survival. This web site is basically my work area for developing the parts needed to complete the story. Three of the books are written, though could use or need updating. The parts of the "Instincs" book have largely been completed on this site but have never been assembled into a book. That is part of what the current push is about. That and updating the other books. Hopefully, after all these years, the larger story can be completed. The point of this update is to try to finish the story (Update May 2023).

The Genetics book is "compete" and is described below. It describes that due to actions we have already taken, we have no choice but to husband our genes. It describes as well how to do it economically and ethically. That will also create great wealth and open great potentials for humanity. There is a book on Human Cognition because it was intelligence that got us here and it is intelligence that is going to make our future. It seems I have added a section for a planned book about Human Instincts as well, which makes sense because of the relationship between instincts and learned strategies. Strategies is the challenge and was the first, very long, book. Since morality and ethics are human surivval strategies, it could just as well be called "Human Morality". In ways it is similar to previous considerations of the subject, but it is different as it is from a biological perspective. Being the first large attempt to write the story, that will need the most updating. Also, I never came up with a good ending, a real advancement in moral strategy that supports long term survival. I have that now and it includes more about protecting civilization, our current ecology. It is also also about planning and having a little bit longer life view instead of just reacting. These can not just be good suggestions. They must align both with survival strategies and human instincts.

Please excuse any weaknesses in this work as it is difficult and I have time constraints. It has taken me decades so far. On the other hand, as it is, this can provide a great deal of insight into humans that I do not think you will find elsewhere.

My main study to solve this has been 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 (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 question - how should humans survive.

Really, it appears that we have to genetic and strategic tools we need to survive. I am not as interested in the "very" long term here as much as in how to get into the next stable ecology, the kind that can last millions of years. Without a stable ecology, a species is in danger of going extinct. When we get there we can take the time to think about what we want to become longer term. Right now though we are in a transition between stable ecologies which puts us in a good deal of danger that we need to get past.

It is not like these answers I am suggesting are not known, I did a lot of reading, but the coherent organization, the understandings of them, and logical proofs we have of them are weak. To understand and evaluate all these strategies, they need to be organized in a logical form. Ecology is the tool made for that and it works well. Without strong understanding and accessible knowledge, our beliefs and convictions cannot be strong. We need them to be strong or we will never make the progress we need to and we will go backwards to the previous ecology where we will just be animals. We need our beliefs to align strongly with our moral instincts, because that is where our strengths and choices come from. This book is to explain how we can we can survive and why. It is a moral statement, meant to give moral understanding and the moral strength that that understanding can create. It explains that we must become more than animals reacting to nature if we want to survive. It is great that this book can suggest how to survive into the future. Unfortunarely much of that is by avoiding some great dangers that are very near. In a way it is all 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 our 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 and potential. In terms of strategy, if we avoid one dangerous moral strategy from our past, blind competition, and use another strategy we have, cooperation, we will be able to make a great future for humanity. Now let's see how clear and convincing I can be explaining and supporting my conclusions.

Strategy For A New Human Ecology

"Beginnings are such Delicate Times". (Videos for if that is your medium of choice.)

Here I am again, at the beginning of a book. So how do I catch the reader's attention? The content of the book is amazing, the skill of the writer perhaps less so. Should I dazzle them promises of amazing insight that they know they have long sought? Should I warn them of their deepest fears? Maybe I should appeal to hopes for humanity that they never thought could actually be realized. All these things are in this book. Change is occurring at a dizzying pace. Humanity is in great danger, our moral instincts tell us that. Change is so great, we have no idea what to do or believe. The past offers so little guidance and there seems no way to make sense of the deluge of possibilities. We are told of so many amazing potentials that we can't guess what the future might look like, which to choose, what to do to get there. Read what I have to say here and see if it makes sense to you. I asked the same questions you are asking. I saw most of this long ago and have worked for decades to make sense of it. I looked for paths forward and how to make good decisions about how to deal with the changes. I see dangers that are close as well as potentials as great as human aspiration. This book, from start to finish, is about how humans can understand and get past the massive changes going on. It is about how we can create a world that we like and feels comfortable, where we can raise families and develop into far far more than we are. This is really not about some far future vision, it is about reaching another calm place where we can stop and think about that far future. First though we have to solve some problems from our past and a few that we are already running into. I hope this answers important questions you have asked and questions you have not gotten to.

From first to last, this book is about human survival. It is written basically in the form of an ecological analysis, because ecology is the tool of science that is made for describing a species, where it lives and what it needs to survive. It is a great tool for organizing lots of data and that might be the biggest problem, lots of data to make sense of. That data includes history, psychology, sciences, technology, philosophy, genetics, lore, speculation, rumor and all the many topics it takes to describe humans, including the most slippery topic of all, morality. I will start this the exact same way I started my other book because the problem is the same. That book though was about the Genetic problem and this is about the Strategic problem. That was Genetics For A New Human Ecology.

This discussion is about human survival strategy in the context that humans are between two ecologies. The so called hunter gatherer tribal ecology we left that has been replaced by the farms and cities of civilization and whatever ecology will follow that. This book focuses on the strategic parts of how we can adapt to that new ecology, rather than the genetic parts which came before.

It is true that all the changes in the various elements of ecology between tribal to civilization represents a larger change in ecology than any specie has ever tried to make, but if you look at it in terms of a specie using conscious planning to replace the controls of nature, that by itself is completely unprecedented and the results are to be seen.

As I will describe in great length elsewhere, this book is very hard to write, It is complicated and interconnected the way biology is. The form on the web will probably be different than the final form for a book. This is written in a conversational form, because that is the only way I have felt I have had any success communicating in writing. If I tell this to people, they get it easily. Written form is another thing. This web site is just one more step in the process of getting this to being a single linear book. This is a work in progress... Oh yes, it is just one of four books so far, that are all related in that nasty complicated way that biology seems to work. All are meant to describe how humans can create a new ecology to survive in and develop.

There are many parts to human survival strategy, but of all of the parts, one has a very ancient, strong genetic foundation. Because of that, all discussion of strategy must fall within that or it just will be too foreign to our way of thinking to be used. These are our moral instincts and basically, morality is just another name for human survival strategy. It is hard for a person to do anything that goes against their moral instincts or their learned moral strategies. For that matter, it can be hard to do much that a person is even morally suspect of. This is the bottom line. Any discussion of strategies that are going to conflict with our moral instincts are non-starters. At the same time, an understanding of our moral nature helps describe a lot about humans and what we want to achieve. It's hard to put morality into words though, both because it came from long before words or even humans for that matter and it was created by the trial and error of evolution rather than the simpler logic and reason that humans are more comfortable with. A major goal of this book is to give an explicit understanding of morality, because it is an understanding of ourselves and what we need both to survive and to be comfortable.

Think of it this way. What if you could solve all the physical problems you know 0f? What if you could use advanced automation to provide all the energy, food, water and other resources humanity could use, including 3D printed buildings in any form we needed or could think of? You would start seeing other problems that you hadn't noticed or realized. Those are the problems this book is supposed to be about and most of them are moral problems

Would you like to know the future of humanity? How about a very good future? Would you like to know how humanity could have a good future? Are you a curious person that would like to better understand humanity and yourself? Well, this can tell you that. It is a story told in the context of a rapidly and dangerously changing world and is meant to be about how we can create a good future for humanity and deal with those dangers. Part of it is an advanced understanding of humanity because that will be needed to create that future. I'll try to create this to communicate on a few levels. Some of it will be shorter and more direct. Some will be deep and subtle. I assure you, I can tell you a story you have never heard before.

Other Stuff - 2022

This is a change in focus to examining more about where the strategies... and genetics we have gotten from evolution are problems for us now. It especially covers the comparison between the strategies of competition and cooperation.

A Note on Good and Evil.

Why to Teach Philosophy - Moral Crisis.

Quotes. How to Teach Philosophy.

Choices, Our Only Way To Survive.

Democracy Is More Than Just A Political Thing.

Where is Covid Going? Where are Diseases Going?

Population Collapse - Part 2

Human Energetics - This one's for the Money.

How To Teach Morality In The Modern World

2023-03-08_Men And Women

2023-03-22 ChatGTP and Genius - A different topic, sort of.


One day, far in the future, this will become the book Strategy For A New Human Ecology, hopefully, maybe... These are the chapters written in a linear fashion that will make a book instead of having the more free form of the web available. Wish me luck... Actually, I think I have most of what I need. The caveat being - some assembly may be required.

From little understandings can come big understandings.

1. Summary
2. About This Book - Basically why the subject is so complicated.
3. Resources - The most basic foundation of ecology.
4. Beauty - How a Moral Decision is implemented.
5. Knowing - The ways we understand.
6. Disease - The Unknown. Disease has always ruled.
7. Genetic Replacement - How it has been may be changing. This shows something about the new moral strategy.
8. Human Nature and Variation - How it has been may be changing. This shows something about the new moral strategy.
9. Genetic Adaptation - Half of how we must adapt.
10. Status and Genes - A very powerful director of behavior.
11. Genetic Consequences and Strategies - They will be greater than most would imagine.
12. Wealth - Definitely a placeholder.
13. Government and Economics - Something of a placeholder, but a very long one if so.
14. Morality - In Progress... where this all goes...
15. Visions - What were you thinking!
16. Machines
17. Strategies 1 - How strategy looks to an Ecologist.
18. Strategies 2 - How Strategy has worked out in humans.
19. Strategies 3 - Two Different Ecologies.
20. Strategies 4 - Men - The Pressure of Competition.
21. Strategies 5 - Morality - There Can Be Only Two!
22. Marriage 1 - A Foundation of Morality.
23. For The Ladies - A Little Understanding.

If you have ever written a book, you probably know that sometimes... you just start over. More or less, that is what I am doing here. The previous work was getting a bit long and as always when you do something like this, I developed a new understanding and need to orient more around it. You write a book of information like this from the middle out as your understanding expands in the writing. Extending the end is easy enough, but the further along you are the more space and adjustment you need to make for the new understandings in the beginning. That is harder and can take a restart. They call it "refactoring" in the software world. 2022-08-01_AboutDisease.htm

Currently (11/16/19) this is being restarted for two reasons. The original reason was that I have come to realize how much human strategy breaks down into Darwinian strategy and Human strategy. Darwinian strategy, like Natural Selection, will not support a civilization.

The second reason is that while reviewing human knowledge I started looking at Classical Philosophy, particularly from the West. I guess I had been taught that it was something of a dead subject, replaced by science. In terms of human survival strategies and techniques as well as the development of human and civilization, I couldn't believe the wealth to be found. Philosophy is very very alive, very currently relevant and answers many important questions that science probably never will.

From little understandings can come big understandings.

1. Summary

One More Time...

0. Why Strategy Is A Problem
2. Knowing.
3. Philosophy Review
3. Philosophy - What I was looking for
3. Philosophical Authority
3. Philosophy - What I found
3. Philosophy - Machine morality
5. Human Instincts - Powerful and Subtle
4. Self-Awareness - to be human.


What follows, is the processed material from which the book must be forged. I didn't waste time, but it is wasting me.

Here are some short topics that were written early and may or may not remain in the final form ... as if there was ever really a final form. They are all part of creating an understanding and so should be worth glancing at.

+ Morality - because that is the key, but just what is morality and why is it important?

+ Genetics - well, obviously that will be important, but how and why?

+ Dangers - what are the dangers humanity faces and just how dangerous are they?

+ Potentials - just what is this good future I'm talking about?

+ Why is this view worth looking into instead of so many others?

+ Lets clear the Air A Little.

Other Stuff

This will be the list of articles about how Biology, Ecology, Philosophy, History and other studies that illuminate the Human Problems of today and what our future will be based on. I see amazing potentials for humanity.
I need to fill in more. Just wait a bit. Please remember, I am very pressed for time.
Here's a nice little essay to get started on.
Bound By Honor - This should be very good.
Let's Clarify what Morality is - Simple enough to perhaps work.
The Relationship Between Science, Philosophy and Morality - 2021 - The long version understanding.
Bad Ass Morality - Another way of looking at it.
SocioBiology - Morality In Terms of Biology.
Morality and Status - This is a major Key.

Designer Babies and Artificial Wombs - A discussion.

How To Teach Your Child To Be Intelligent Like Nicola Tesla - Not entirely absurd.

Principles of Nature and Humanity - They lead to different solutions to the same problems. This is a major Key.

Comparing Known Moral Rules From History - What can they tell us?

Faith, Religion, and Gods - Just a bit of a preliminary consideration, but the part about Faith is quite important.
Faith - Just the Faith part from the previous essay.
Greed - A powerful and problematic force, but puzzling in a way.
Why Not CRISPR - It's just not going to do the job.
Notes 2021 - A place for notes that might be of small interest.
Instincts 2021 - Full version of the Instincts stuff I shortened for the Genetics book.
Perceptions Of Evil - A few ways of looking at evil. Just a thought.
The Second Most Important Moral Statement In All Of History - Morality In Terms of Politics and Law.

Anti-Anarchy - 2022 - Protecting Civilization.
Here are just some notes that will eventually become part of the book or maybe because they amuse me.

Not to be pretentious, but here is The Answer Everyone Seems To Be Looking For - There are actually two more that I have to get to.

Human Evolution - People seem to often ask if or how are humans evolving. This is the best answer I've seen.

Religion - Mostly just a place holder right now, but it has its importance.

Here is the first of the Master Class Series articles. I felt like writing it. These topics are meant as deep dives.
Power - How Darwinian Drives Underpin So Much Of History and Dangerously Lead to Modern Politics.

Better yet, here is the first couple of the 101 Class Series articles. These are conversations about Genetics, Strategy and other topics in Human Survival that I had with people to explain ideas more than my books do. They are meant to be basic for people without a deep knowledge of biology. I hope they explain things well and are easy to understand.
Genetics with Shirley
Genetics Email - ...robust.
How To Be A Genius - ...Quora Question.
Darwinism and Beyond - This may be a key point, maybe the key point. Natural Laws.
Critical Race Theory - I doubt that it is quite what you think.
Terms and Definitions - Just what are we talking about.
Philosophies Review - A review of the major points from Classical Philosophies. This cannot be over emphasized. Let's see what I can make this into for the final book.
The Tragedy That Is The Estrangement Of Science And Philosophy
Neural Nets - For Apeiron Blog
Strategy Discussion - I answered a discussion on Quora and it gives an excellent view of the problems we face and the strategies we have available to get to the future.
What About God - How did we get our current Western concept of God.
Is This World A Simulation? - What seems like an irrelevant question can be interesting if asked correctly.

Sex - In Moral Terms - I finally got to it.

Transhumanism - with David Pearce - ...Quora Question.
Transhumanism - with Ann Carlyle - ...Quora Question.

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