American Biologist Ernst Mayr, Carbon Man, Climate Change, Collapse of Industrial Civilization, Ecological Overshoot, Environmental Collapse, Evolution, Extinction of Man, Genetic Mutations, Idiocracy, Mass Die Off, Natural Selection, Overpopulation, Professor Gerald Crabtree, Survival of the Fittest
An interesting study, just out by Stanford University professor Gerald Crabtree, says that humans are indeed getting dumb and dumber. According to Crabtree, this unfortunate process began when humans switched from hunter-gatherers to a sedentary agrarian culture. Advances from that point onward made survival less stressful, but also negated the process of natural selection pressures which acted on genes responsible for intellectual and emotional development.
To me this is a bit scary in light of how technologically advanced we have become, especially in the area of deadly weaponry.
…With the development of agriculture, came urbanization, which may have weakened the power of selection to weed out mutations leading to intellectual disabilities. Based on calculations of the frequency with which deleterious mutations appear in the human genome and the assumption that 2000 to 5000 genes are required for intellectual ability, Dr. Crabtree estimates that within 3000 years (about 120 generations) we have all sustained two or more mutations harmful to our intellectual or emotional stability. Moreover, recent findings from neuroscience suggest that genes involved in brain function are uniquely susceptible to mutations. Dr. Crabtree argues that the combination of less selective pressure and the large number of easily affected genes is eroding our intellectual and emotional capabilities….
I would say that with the discovery of petroleum, Homo Sapiens really hit their stride with the ‘dumbing-down’ effect of circumventing evolutionary pressures. As someone named Reality Broker at the Huffington Post commented:
Why should they need to think when there is a vast wealth of ‘knowledge’ on the web? They don’t need to think, there’s an app for that, or a blog full of people who’ll nurture their ‘beliefs’. Humans are becoming more like the Borg, with their collective Twitter feeds…their smart phones attached to their heads like some Cybernetic implant.
It is unfortunate that for many its getting harder to select the raisins from the rabbit manure.
Crabtree’s study dovetails with biologist Ernst Mayr’s belief that intelligence is a “lethal mutation”. At some point our intellect allowed us to make the jump from mere survival to living with all the creature comforts surrounding us today, but at the cost of avoiding the natural selection process which weeded out those deleterious genetic mutations to our brain.
However, hope springs eternal and Professor Crabtree has confidence that we will be able to overcome the ill-effects of this little deviation from natural selection:
…But not to worry. The loss is quite slow, and judging by society’s rapid pace of discovery and advancement, future technologies are bound to reveal solutions to the problem. “I think we will know each of the millions of human mutations that can compromise our intellectual function and how each of these mutations interact with each other and other processes as well as environmental influences,” says Dr. Crabtree. “At that time, we may be able to magically correct any mutation that has occurred in all cells of any organism at any developmental stage. Thus, the brutish process of natural selection will be unnecessary.”
Unfortunately, the brutish process of natural selection won’t be avoidable with mankind having surpassed the bio-capacity of the planet, putting us irrevocably into environmental overshoot. The fact that there’s something like 19,000 nuclear weapons in the hands of an emotionally and intellectually stunted species does not make me sleep any better, either.
The most successful meme („Ideology“) of all times was perhaps „Jewish culture“, because all other cultures directly or indirectly stem from it: christians, muslims, protestants, capitalists, communists, Marxists, fascists, Nazis, Hollywood cinema, etc. — and no body has understood so far that he is just a slave of this silly 2000year old Jewish tradition, because all “humans” are under the unconscious influence of these “jewish memes”. If there had been no Jews, there would have been no Nazis!
In the stone age, there were no “Nazis”, no “nations”, no “Jews”, no “Reich”, no “Führer”, no “communists”, no “boundaries”, no “countries”, no “Hollywood”, etc. etc.
How can we state that humans are getting dumber compared to their past performance based on ‘natural selection’ when;
A) we have no empirical means of testing the past human
B) we define intelligence based on present cultural trends and demands (e.g. IQ or ‘intelligence quotient’ is designed by academia to denote academic propensity)
C) the theory of evolution includes many competing points of view regarding the mechanisms that affect mutations, of which natural selection is losing the sacred credibility it possessed in the past (though having no effect on mass opinion)
D) the intellectual development of humans is highly cultural
Granted, A is somewhat irrelevant because this is a prediction, but B, C and D are what turned me off to this otherwise well written article, and that’s not even mentioning key fields of interest like epigenetics.
Story of Pseudo Environmentalism in Industrial Society.
A Serial Killer with endless supply of ammunition goes on the rampage in the city…..The Police are informed…..They arrive on the scene…..They do not try to stop or capture the shooter…..They do not try to kill or incapacitate the shooter…..They allow him to continue shooting……They give him full liberty to move around all over the city.
The Police focus on the victims of shooting…..They take them to Hospitals and try to save them with the help of best Technology / Health Care…..The Government sets up thousands of Organizations to do research on how the Whites can be saved, How the Blacks can be saved, How the Asians can be saved, How the Young can be saved, How the Elderly can be saved…..The Government gives Billions of Dollars of Grant to “Think Tanks” and NGO’s to find out how the victims can be saved…..People of the city engage in Billions of pages of Discussion, Debate and Argument to find a solution to the problem.
This is not the story of the Mass Shooter…..This is the story of Environmentalism in Industrial Society.
Environment is being destroyed by Industrial Activity……..Environmental Activists and Organizations are trying to save environment without stopping Industrial Activity
One group is trying to save Forests……The second group is trying to save Rivers……The third group is trying to save Oceans……The fourth group is trying to make the Air clean……The fifth group is trying to save Tigers and Elephants……The sixth group is trying to save Whales and Dolphins.
Industrial Technology has destroyed environment……..Industrial Society is trying to save environment by changing the Technology.
Bring this Technology, Bring that Technology……..Bring this Technology, Bring that Technology.
Height of Insanity and Abnormality……This is like trying to save a victim of shooting not by stopping the shooting but by changing the gun.
People who are trying to save environment in Industrial Society without stopping all Industrial Activity deserve the Nobel Prize for Lunacy.
Why don’t people realize the futility and absurdity of their efforts……It is impossible to save animals, trees, air, water and land without stopping all Industrial Activity.
What is the point in saving a few Dogs, Cats, Whales, Tigers and Elephants when Industrial Society is killing billions of animals in Industrial Slaughter Houses and billions of Wild Animals in Forests by destroying Forests with Industrial Activities like Mining Industry, Logging Industry, Construction Industry, Energy Generation Industry, Manufacturing Industry, millions of kilometers of Rail and Road Networks and ever expanding Towns and Cities…….Industrial Society is also killing billions of fish in the oceans with Industrial Fishing and through discharge of billions of tonnes of Industrial Waste into oceans which has made them poisonous, acidic, warmer and created oxygen-deprived dead zones in the oceans.
It is impossible to save Air, water and Land without stopping all Industrial Activity because Industrial Activity is killing them with trillions of tonnes of Metal waste, Plastic waste, Gaseous waste, Chemical waste, eWaste and Nuclear Waste…….Industrial Activity produces trillions of tonnes of Solid, Liquid and Gaseous Waste and there are only three places on earth where all this waste can go….Air, water and Soil…..There is no fourth place on earth where this waste can go…… It is impossible for Rivers, Oceans, Atmosphere and Soil to be clean in Industrial Society.
This planet can only sustain a Hunter_Gatherer Society or an Agrarian Society……Not an Industrial Society.
All Environmentalism is Pseudo-Environmentalism in Industrial Society…….It is impossible to save environment in an Industrial Society.
People who pretend they are saving environment in Industrial Society are even more insane, abnormal and criminal than people who are destroying the environment.
It is impossible to save environment in Industrial Society because Industrialization itself is the cause of environmental destruction………In a non-industrial society environmentalism was not even needed…….In the absence of Industrial Activity environment got saved automatically because only limited destruction of environment was possible without Industrial Machines.
Environment has been destroyed by Industrial Activity……..Trying to save environment without stopping Industrial Activity is like ..
Trying to save a victim of shooting by shooting him even more.
Trying to save a victim of stabbing by stabbing him even more.
Trying to save a victim of poisoning by giving him even more poison.
Height of Insanity, Abnormality and Criminality…….You cannot save environment by destroying more of it.
Industrial Society has been destroying Extra environment for 250 years……..It has been destroying environment for “thousands of consumer goods and services” in addition to food, clothing and shelter.
You cannot save a person after killing him…….You cannot save environment after it has been killed by Industrial Activity.
The entire Industrial Society deserves the Nobel Prize for Lunacy for pretending that environment is getting saved when the reality is that Industrial Society has been destroying extra environment after industrialization and has destroyed so much extra environment in 250 years that there is hardly any environment left to save.
What is the Result of 50 years of Environmentalism/ Pseudo Environmentalism in Industrial Society???
Industrial Society has been killing millions of times more Animals, Trees, Air, Water and Land than Pre-Industrial Society every day for several decades.
Industrial Society has been killing millions of acres of Forests with Industrial Activity every day for several decades.
Industrial Society has been killing Billions of Animals in Industrial Slaughter Houses every day for several decades.
Industrial Society has been killing millions of Wild Animals by destroying the Forests where they live with Industrial Activity every day for several decades.
Industrial Society has been killing Air, Water and Soil with billions of tonnes of Solid, Liquid and Gaseous Industrial Waste every day for several decades…..Industrial Society has been killing Rivers, Oceans, Air/ Atmosphere and Soil/ Land with Billions of Tonnes of Metal Waste, Plastic waste, Gaseous waste, Chemical Waste, eWaste and Nuclear Waste every day for several decades.
Industrial Society has been killing Millions of Acres of Fertile Soil with Cement, Concrete and Asphalt every day for several decades.
All this Killing / Destruction was absent in Pre-Industrial Society without any Environmentalism.
All Environmentalism in Industrial Society is Pseudo Environmentalism.
No environment is getting saved in Industrial Society…..Not an iota of environment is getting saved.
How can environment ever be saved in Industrial Society when Industrial Activity itself is the cause of environmental destruction….Environment can only be saved in a Non-Industrial Society.
Industrial Society has created hundreds of unnecessary / futile occupations to solve the problems created by Industrialization…..Environmental Activism is one of them…..If thousands of organizations and millions of activists are trying to save environment in Industrial Society it does not mean that environment is getting saved…..There have been three human societies on earth …..Hunter_Gatherer, Agrarian and Industrial…..In Hunter_Gatherer Society there was no Urban Population, entire population was engaged in searching for food…..In Agrarian Society less than 2% of population was Urban, Most of the population was engaged in producing food…..In Industrial Society 50% of world population is producing food for entire population , the remaining 50% population is Urban which has created hundreds of unnecessary occupations to keep itself occupied….. People would go crazy without work…. Environmentalism / Environmental Activism is one such profession [occupation]……[Other unnecessary and destructive professions in Industrial Society include Manufacturing and Marketing of thousands of consumer goods and services, Jobs in Tourism Industry, Entertainment Industry, Sports Industry, Military Industrial Complex and several other jobs]….No Environmentalism was needed in Hunter_Gatherer and Agrarian Societies because in the absence of Industrial Activity only limited destruction of environment was possible, so environment got saved automatically.
If billions of pages of environmental discussion is taking place in Industrial Society it does not mean that environment is getting saved……Endless Discussion, Debate and Argument is a Disease and Insanity of Industrial Society that invented the Printing Press, Radio, Television and Internet…..Animal Species and Hunter_Gatherer Society did not save environment through discussion…..They didn’t even have a language for discussion…..Billions of pages of Discussion, Debate and Argument is another harmful waste of Industrial Society just like Billions of Tonnes of Metal Waste, Plastic Waste, Chemical waste, Gaseous Waste, eWaste and Nuclear Waste.
All Environmentalism in Industrial Society is Pseudo Environmentalism.
No environment is getting saved in Industrial Society…..Not an iota of environment is getting saved.
The one and only cause of environmental destruction is Industrialization.
Overpopulation and Overconsumerism are consequences / by-products of Industrialization.
Without Industrialization there would be no overpopulation and no overconsumerism.
Industrialization, Overpopulation and Overconsumerism happen together…….Industrialization, Overpopulation and Overconsumerism happen at the same time.
It is Industrialization that has led to a population of 7 billion…..Not overbreeding.
The entire world was overbreeding before Industrialization…..The entire world is underbreeding after Industrialization.
There used to be 5 – 15 children per family all over the world before Industrialization and yet world population reached only 1 billion till 1800 AD……After Industrialization the family size reduced drastically, most families are now having 1 – 4 children and yet world population jumped from 1 billion to 7 billion in just about 200 years.
If Industrialization had not happened world population would be less than 2 billion today.
India and China have large populations today because they started with larger populations thousands of years ago since ancient civilizations thrived in these regions…..What was the population of Europe and America 2000 years ago????…..Was it comparable with the population of India and China???? …..And once again, In the absence of Industrialization India and China would not be having large populations today.
If Industrialization had not happened, High death rate would have kept population of the world under control….Diseases caused by virus and bacteria would have kept population under control…..Feeding capacity of soil would have kept population under control….Shortage of food and water would have kept population under control…..Harsh Climatic Conditions would have kept population under control – People would not have been able to live in regions that are too hot or too cold.
If Industrialization had not happened this planet would have been in very good condition today…..There would be no overpopulation, no overconsumerism and only limited urbanization.
A Non-Industrial Society would have destroyed some ecosystems on the land [Forests] but Marine Ecology [Oceans] would have been almost 100% safe today……Forest Cover would be much greater than what it is now….Millions of species on the land and in the sea would not have been decimated and would be thriving with very healthy populations……This planet would be free of Billions of Tonnes of Metal Waste, Plastic Waste, Chemical waste, Gaseous Waste, eWaste and Nuclear Waste…..The Oceans wouldn’t have become Acidic, Warmer and Oxygen Deprived because of Industrial Waste.
It is consumerism that destroys environment, Not population.
A Hunter_Gatherer Society of 7 billion would have destroyed very little environment…… because it would have destroyed environment only for food……not for thousands of consumer goods and services.
An Agrarian Society of 7 billion would have destroyed very little environment [compared to an Industrial Society of 7 billion]…… because it would have destroyed environment only for food, clothing and shelter…….not for thousands of consumer goods and services.
[By the way, A Hunter_Gatherer Society would have never reached a population of 7 billion……An Agrarian Society would have never reached a population of 7 billion]
Environment has been destroyed by Industrialization/ Consumerism…….Not by Population/ Overpopulation.
Total World Population has not increased ……It has decreased……In fact total world population has been decimated.
When we talk about population we should take into account population of all animal species on earth, not just human population.
Industrial Society has decimated millions of Animal Species……Increase in human population has coincided with decrease/ decimation of millions of animal species…. The total burden of population on this planet has not increased…..It has decreased.
Industrial Society has decimated millions of other species……There was a time when the combined population of other animal species was much greater than present human population…..and we don’t even need to include smaller animals in this count…..The combined population of big animals alone whose size and weight was equivalent to or greater than man was much greater than current human population of 7 billion.
The amount of food this animal population was eating was much greater than the food consumed by humans today…….Yet millions of animal species did not destroy environment and lived sustainably on earth for millions of years……because they destroyed environment only for food and not for thousands of consumer goods and services.
If animals had started a consumerist “Industrial Society” millions of years ago they would have destroyed all ecosystems millions of years ago.
The entire world has been trying to control human population for 50 years and these efforts should / will continue in future…..so where is the problem with population?????
It is so ridiculous of Industrial Society to complain about overpopulation when it itself is the cause of overpopulation……It is so ridiculous of Industrial Society to make attempts to control population while promoting Consumerism, Growth Rate, Economy Rate and GDP exponentially.
This planet can only sustain a Non-Industrial Society.
If Urban Society stops all its supplies to Villages……Electricity, Oil, Machinery and Equipment, Villagers will survive forever.
If Villages stop all their supplies to Cities……Food Grains and Vegetables, Urban Population will die within a month.
[ Villagers need Electricity, Oil, Machinery and Equipment to produce food for the Urban Population , They would not need these things to produce food for themselves]
Urban Population is engaged in Unnecessary Work, Meaningless Work, Futile Work and Destructive Work which has led to destruction of most of the Biodiversity and Ecosystems on earth.
For millions of years “Searching For Food” / “Producing Food” were the primary occupations of almost the entire human population in Hunter_Gatherer and Agrarian Society.
There is Zero chance of saving the little environment that is left without fixing the problem of “Urban Population”.
Animal Species had Zero Percent Urban Population…….Hunter_Gatherer Society had Zero Percent Urban Population…….Agrarian Society had less than Two Percent Urban Population…….All these societies sustained for millions of years collectively.
The current Industrial Society which has 50% Urban Population worldwide has destroyed most of the Biodiversity and Ecosystems in just 250 years after Industrial Revolution…….Industrial Activity has been promoted by Urban Population……Industrial Activity has been promoted by people who do not produce food.
This planet can sustain Animal Species…..It can sustain Hunter_Gatherer Human Society……It can sustain Agrarian Human Society……It cannot sustain Industrial Human Society.
This planet can only sustain food producing societies where almost the entire population is engaged in food production……It cannot sustain an Industrial Society where 50% of world population is growing food for entire population and the remaining 50% living in cities is promoting Industrial Activity.
Animals saved environment for millions of years because they destroyed it only for food…..Hunter_Gatherer Society saved environment because it destroyed environment only for food…..Agrarian Society saved environment because it destroyed environment only for food, clothing and shelter.
Industrial Society has destroyed most of the Biodiversity and Ecosystems because it destroyed environment for “Thousands of consumer goods and services” in addition to food, clothing and shelter.
In the Animal Kingdom, Hunter_Gatherer Society and Agrarian Society almost the entire population was engaged in “Searching for Food” / “Growing Food”.
It is the Urban Population that is engaged in and promoting Industrial Activity ……Mining Industry, Logging Industry, Energy Generation Industry, Manufacturing Industry, Transportation Industry, Construction Industry, Recycling Industry, Oil Drilling, Oil Refining, Millions of kilometers of Rail & Road network, Air Routes and Shipping Lanes…..They all destroy environment……All Industrial Activity must be stopped.
Food, clothing and shelter……These are the maximum number of things this planet can provide to humans……The only way to save the remaining environment is by reorganizing the entire population so that food production remains the only primary activity just like it was for millions of years before Industrialization.
This planet cannot sustain an Industrial / Urban Society……The problem is not Capitalism, The problem is Industrialization / Urbanization…….The solution is not Communism or Socialism, The solution is Non-Industrial / Non-Urban Society.
Capitalism, Communism or Socialism does not matter at all……..What matters is percentage of Urban Population……A Socialist Industrial Society with 80% Urban Population will be as Harmful, Destructive and Evil as a Capitalist Industrial Society with 80% Urban Population…… A Communist Industrial Society with 80% Urban Population will be as Harmful, Destructive and Evil as a Capitalist Industrial Society with 80% Urban Population.
Urban Population is responsible for consumerism…….Urban Population does not produce Food…..It produces thousands of Consumer Goods and Services.
Consumerism is directly proportional to Percentage of Urban Population.
Saving environment in Industrial Society is an impossibility……No Industrial Society can save environment…….Communist or Socialist Industrial Societies cannot be less destructive than Capitalist Industrial Societies.
There cannot be any sustainable Industrial Society……..The fault does not lie in Capitalism…..The fault lies in Industrialization…..All Industrial Societies are the same…..All Industrial Societies are equally harmful, destructive and evil.
Destruction of environment is guaranteed in Industrial Society……The debate over Capitalism, Communism and Socialism in the context of Environmental Crisis is meaningless and absurd.
Industrialization , Urbanization and Consumerism go hand in hand……They happen together.
Today 50% of world population is Urban, living in cities…… 50% of world population is producing food for entire population and the remaining 50% population living in Cities is primarily engaged in production and marketing of thousands of consumer goods and services……..Urban population is not producing food, it is producing consumer goods and services…….Even if the entire world is made Communist or Socialist it is not going to bring about any change in consumerism because the percentage of Urban Population will remain the same and it will continue producing and marketing thousands of consumer goods and services.
In America 90 – 95% of population is Urban……That is why consumerism is so rampant in the US……Even if America is made Communist or Socialist it is not going to reduce consumerism because the percentage of Urban Population would still remain the same.
In Europe 80 – 90% of population is Urban.
In China and India consumerism has risen exponentially with the increase in percentage of Urban Population.
Capitalism, Communism or Socialism does not matter…….What matters is Industrialization and Urbanization which results in Consumerism.
This planet cannot sustain Industrial Urban Population…….This planet cannot sustain a society that does not produce its own food.
This planet can sustain a Hunter_Gatherer Society or an Agrarian Society where almost the entire population is engaged in “searching for food” / producing food……This planet cannot sustain an Industrial Society where 50% of population is producing food for entire population and the remaining 50% population is producing thousands of consumer goods and services.
Industrial Society has existed for barely 250 years which comes to almost Zero Percent of Total Human Existence on earth….Humans have spent more than 99.99% of their time on earth in Non-Industrial Societies [Hunter_Gatherer and Agrarian]…..Industrial Society is an Anomaly….Only Non-Industrial Societies are sustainable.
A pure non-industrial society is not possible now because Industrialization has increased world population to 7 billion…….World population increased from 1 billion in 1800 to 7 billion in just about 200 years after industrialization…….In the absence of industrialization world population would have been less than 2 billion today.
If we want to save the remaining environment we must minimize the things that are destroying environment.
At present we are destroying environment for Food, Clothing, Shelter plus Thousands of Industrial consumer goods and services.
We must eliminate the things that were added last to the list……which means Thousands of consumer goods and services, most of which have existed for only about 100 years out of Hundreds of Thousands of years of Total Human Existence on earth ………these have to be eliminated or minimized.
We are approaching Environmental Apocalypse…….The only way to save the remaining environment is by stopping Industrial Activity for production of consumer goods and services immediately……..Industrial Activity must be primarily limited to food, clothing and shelter…….and even in these three fields production and consumption must be kept to the minimum.
“Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment”