Bare Bones Biology 348 – Hope for the New Year

In the beginning of another year, I am frustrated. Frustrated, and also angry with the mostly American culture that persists in irrational, knee-jerk denial of the reality of our biological crisis, as though denial or personal opinions, or somehow our level of dedication to anything, will somehow change the fact that nothing can grow forever witho161225-christmas_dsc0874_1rlssut causing terrible harm to something (or everything) else — and the benign but impenetrable wall of tolerance that our corposystem culture uses to eliminate the wisdom of factual, biological reality (my lifetime study) from its own contrary and implausible wishes, wants, beliefs and hopes. The infinite capacity of human denial is as awesome as it is devastating to those who can see its inevitable biological consequences to human kind.

 

I quote Corrie Ten Boom, the Christian WWII heroine and resident of a Nazi concentration camp: “It is wrong to give people hope when there is no hope.” Corrie Ten Boom, The Hiding Place. She should know.

 

I am frustrated with the ongoing necessity of tolerating this kind of abuse from my own culture, which persists in brushing aside the wisdom of a lifetime of study as though it were an ignorant, emotional response to the normal vicissitudes of Life; or, now that I am old, the culture’s “compassionate” tolerance of my hard-earned knowledge about factual reality, as though it were the babbling of an addled old lady.

 

That is not hope, faith or compassion. It’s classic MCP. A pretense that human values trump the Laws of God and Nature. A denial without consideration of our current biological crisis, even as we are “going down for the third time,” smack-dab in the middle of the crisis denied.

That’s not hope; in my opinion, it’s stupid.

 

“Everyone has a right to his own opinions, but not to his own facts.”                                            Daniel Patrick Moynihan (March 16, 1927 – March 26, 2003) was a four-term U.S. Senator, ambassador, administration official, and academic.

 

So, today’s podcast/blog will consist mostly of quotations from other adult, highly educated well-respected human thinkers who also recognize that facts are universal, by definition; it’s what the word means; and that most opinions are not factual.  It’s why we have two different words for the two different sorts of reality. Quotes from others who understand the enormous danger that humans face today because we are using false human hopes and wishes to avoid facing facts. Listen to Dr. Lynn Margulis, professor of evolutionary bioliology.

 

“Life is an incredibly complex, interdependence of matter and energy among millions of species beyond (and within) our own skin. These Earth aliens (the other species) are our relatives, our ancesters, and part of us. They cycle our matter and bring us water and food. Without ‘The Other’ (species) we do not survive.”

 

“Our toughness is a delusion. Have we the intelligence and discipline to resist our tendency to grow without limit? This planet will not permit our populations to continue to expand. Runaway populations of bacteria, locusts, roaches, mice, and grass always collapse https://youtu.be/NZtJ2ZGyvBI?list=PL811CD932F936221B.  Their own wastes disgust – as crowding and severe shortages ensue. Diseases as opportunistically expanding populations of the “other,” follow. They take their cue from destructive behavior and social disintegration. Even herbivores, if desperate, become vicious predators and cannibals. Cows will hunt rabbits or eat their calves. Many hungry young mammals will vie to eat the meat of their runted littermates. Population overgrowth leads to stress, and stress depresses population overgrowth – an example of a Gaian regulated cycle.

 

“We people are just like our planet mates. We cannot put an end to nature, we can only pose a threat to ourselves.”   Dr. Lynn Margulis, Symbiotic Planet. 1998. Sciencewriters, Amherst, MA.

“The benign indifference of the Universe provides not human rights or human values, but the ultimate justice of in exorable cause and effect, or karma, that we ignore at our peril.” Camus, The Plague

 

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The Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which low-ability individuals suffer from illusory superiority, mistakenly assessing their ability as much higher than it really is. Dunning and Kruger attributed this bias to a metacognitive incapacity, on the part of those with low ability, to recognize their ineptitude and evaluate their competence accurately. Their research also suggests corollaries: high-ability individuals may underestimate their relative competence and may erroneously assume that tasks which are easy for them are also easy for others.[1]

Dunning and Kruger have postulated that the effect is the result of internal illusion in those of low ability, and external misperception in those of high ability: “The miscalibration of the incompetent stems from an error about the self, whereas the miscalibration of the highly competent stems from an error about others.”[1]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunning%E2%80%93Kruger_effect

 

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Bare Bones Biology 301 – Sick

If your body is sick, then all the sub-systems that are part of your body – liver, kidney, gut, all that — are equally in danger because they are a part of you. In fact, they interact-communicate-cooperate with each other to help you recover. In the same way, the subsystems of the Biosystem – all the species including humans, each to its own task — all interact to maintain our naturally evolved Biosystem. And also our social system, the corporate/political corposystem. That is how naturally evolved systems survive, and they are able to accomplish these things because each is characterized by complexity, resilience, and its unique emergent paradigm that it uses to sustain itself by interacting/communicating with the others.

 

The primary function of a naturally evolved system is to perpetuate itself.

 

Our corposystem is one example of a naturally evolved system that is failing because its emergent paradigm (growth by domination for profit) is no longer able to interact (communicate/behave) positively within the emergent paradigm of the Biosystem (Life of Earth). Instead of supporting it, the corposystem is causing great harm to the Biosystem.

 

This is not what we humans want; we want a sustainable social system.

 

160227-balloon-asc_3261Rs copyMy purpose today is to describe one of the very many ways the corposystem induces you and me to help sustain its paradigm, even though it is no longer working for our well being; just one example of many techniques that prevent us effectively and efficiently dealing with climate change and overpopulation. This one is a three-step process.

 

1 – First, in this example, the corposystem denies the reality of climate change and overpopulation, in spite of the overwhelming evidence. At the same time the corposystem punishes many people who know the science and are willing to share the knowledge. And it rewards those willing to spread misinformation, either through ignorance or by design.

 

The basic technique here is to assert that there is no such thing as facts or expertise; that everyone’s opinion is of equal value and benefit. In this way, step one creates confusion and prevents effective action.

 

2 – Second, when people begin to doubt the denial, the corposystem stirs the pot with fake debates. Fake debate might ask an invalid question, such as: “Is climate change caused by sunspots or by glacial melting?” In fact, neither of these realities is the primary cause of climate change, but the debate will rage around which technologies might prevent one or the other, even though no technology is likely to succeed.

 

Meantime the corposystem can empower itself (through growth by domination for profit), by starting new and more profitable wars, which also will not resolve the problem. And nobody will talk about the other option, which is to eliminate the root cause of the climate change.

 

The basic technique here is to debate symptoms (preferably irrelevant symptoms) as though they were causes of climate change, and war — so the people will not recognize that the root cause of climate change, and war, is overpopulation.

 

This also sets one professional discipline against another discipline, implying to the sociologist that all would be well if people were to understand sociology, same with economists, same with the religious groups, same with the military, etc. – while at the same time failing to make available information that is relevant to the cause of climate change and overpopulation.

 

3 – Third, when the people from all the disciplines begin to realize that climate change is real and it’s bigger than any one discipline — which is just about now — the corposystem jumps on the bandwagon to proclaim, oh, oops, climate change is real after all, we must all get together to cure climate change, and the best cure obviously is — growth by domination for profit.

 

First Next Step is to claim that there is no such thing as overpopulation.

 

 

This is Bare Bones Biology, a production of FactFictionFancy.wordpress.com.

 

A copy of the podcast can be downloaded at: http://traffic.libsyn.com/fff/Bare_Bones_Biology_301_-_Sick.mp3

 

 

 

This blog/podcast was inspired by reading Chapter One of book in process by Gary Gripp on the subject of – shall we say the legacy of our older generations?   Unintended Consequences? Sick!

 

 

 

 

Bare Bones Biology 251D – Easter Sermon

I have friends, now looking back I think the real reason they befriended me was do-gooderism. That is, their idealism, or activism, around the subject of bigotry. To prove that they were not bigots, they labeled me as homosexual and then congratulated themselves for not rejecting me on that account.

It did not occur to them to make sure their label was factually true, or consider the consequences to me if it were not true; and it did not occur to me that I had been labeled. My life and my goal were, single-pointedly, to be a good scientist. At which I succeeded. But it took about 20 more years for me to figure out that I had been labeled, because it simply never occurred to me. It never was part of my reality, but only someone else’s fairy tale.

Too bad I didn’t know it at the time. It’s not easy to find your way out of a virtual closet, especially when it was an anti-bigotry campaign that locked you in there in the first place. I could have used all those years to do some actual good, rather than have the good sucked out of me to make someone else feel good – all in the name of “tolerance.”

The “Greatest Generation” did indeed aspire to tolerance as a virtue, and the succeeding generations of Americans have progressively refined this same dogooderism under different names. “Compassion,” then “love,” and now it seems that we are in the throes of “passion.” All the while refining and reinforcing our dogooderism, our self-congratulation, our hubris, while losing the root human virtues those words are meant to represent and reinforce, and while replacing any concept of reality with a fairy tale that cannot exist in the real Biosystem, but only inside a viable human culture.

150315-tree-ASC_5595RLSs copyAnd the fact is that our human culture is no longer viable, and it never was more than a small temporary branch off the factual reality of the tree of Life that can sustain itself only by means of an intricate balance of cause and effect. Or, to put it in a different way, what goes around comes around, we do pay for our sins. Or our children pay. That’s why we call them sins.

Human hubris, or pride without regard for or understanding of the reality of the checks and balances of Life itself, does not make things better – it makes things worse, and the harder we try and the more powerful we become in our numbers and in our technology – the more worse things become.

We are still trying to achieve an old dream that simply did not and does not work. It’s time to face the failure, talk about it, discuss alternatives, and try something different.

And yet this new generation is passionately resistant to discussion. They are more frantic, yet further removed from the reality of our situation, and yet more determined to do good by using failed human “solutions” to global factualities that they don’t understand and don’t want to understand. What they are doing is not different from what we were doing – only in their numbers they are more powerful.

Thus, as our human culture fragments in the face of the societal and ecological effects of overpopulation; as we try harder and harder to get what we want using methods that actually destroy what we want; as we passionately try to save everything in sight according to our own heroic vision; by that very act we are destroying everything in sight, even as the inevitable consequences of our actions become plain for the most passionate deniers to see.

That is the sin of pride reverencing ignorance. The odd determination of humans to believe our own labels without regard to reality; to prove that “we” are better, more powerful than “they,” without bothering to find out, factually, what “they” are.

We aren’t.

It’s only a pretty fairy tale. A small shadow on our root reality of Life itself that exists, not through human tolerance or compassion or love or passion, but through an intricate balance of cause and effect that we could understand if we were to reverence the reality of Life, of the Biosystem, of The Creation, of the Creator, not as we are determined to believe that It is — but to drop our own dreams of glory, no matter what they are, good or bad, and study the Creation and the Creator passionately, discuss It, conform to It, as it really is, a balance of good and bad. Not attached to our personal dream, but without and beyond.

Only when we can do that will any of us be truly working for the common good, and if we can’t do that it would be better that we complete our suicide mission as quickly as possible and let the reality of Life on Earth, the works of God, survive.

But that would require real hard work: study of and tolerance of factual reality, what we know and what we don’t know, striving for worldly wisdom. Genuinely working for the benefit of all sentient beings on Earth. Not only us.

I don’t think we have the cajones. We love our own fairy tales too passionately.

Prove me wrong.

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Bare Bones Biology 247 – The Law of Life

“When no one listens, no one tells, and when no one tells, no one learns.”
Tibetan Proverb   http://www.tricycle.com/community/valley-heroes

 

140907-moon-asc_1192sThe Law of Life is how the living Earth stays balanced by balancing all of its parts.  How the Law of Life functions is deeper than any of the simple answers that are argued on the internet, but it is not a mystery and has been understood for most of my lifetime at least. If anything changes the interactions that Life of the Biosystem uses to stay alive (that’s all the processes) — then the Biosystem will change — in order to stay alive. Right now we refer to this as climate change, or some people call it evolution.

 

The balance of Life requires both the upside and the downside, we must honor them both in the sense of recognizing they are what maintains life, and try to help keep them in a viable balance by not unbalancing the system at either end.

 

Populations are not the only factors in this balance, but over-population is an excellent example of how it works.

 

Suffering, in today’s over-populated system is caused by producing more humans than there is enough food to feed them. This unbalances all the Earth subsystems that are related to food, and food is the energy source for Life. The deniers will tell you there is plenty. That hoary old claim was outdated nearly 40 years ago, and we exceeded the carrying capacity before the turn of the century. The carrying capacity is the amount of food we can take from the Biosystem without unbalancing the system.

 

We humans will do everything we can to save other living humans (this is a human instinct and, in humanity, we do need to honor our instincts that make us human). World Health Organization, for our population example, has made an immense contribution in this direction, probably saving more humans than any other organization in human history. This is the up side of our current human culture.

150322-snowstorm-ASC_3983RLSsBut everything on earth has a down side as well as an up side, and there is a down side to over-population that we refuse to see. The problem is that if we can’t see it, then we can’t help the suffering. So now we have too many people for the amount of food; actually well past that — scrabbling around to take food energy sources away from other species to use for ourselves makes more unbalance. And so, the upside of WHO is the wonderful, conscientious, caring contribution it has made to human wellness. The downside is the awful calamity of starvation and disease and war that will be, and already are, the result of trying to save every human.

 

The LIVING EARTH SYSTEM is designed to stay balanced. And if God made it that way at the Creation, whenever that was, then God will not (and cannot) change it. Because if it changed from what it is, Earth System – and we are part of the Earth System – then the whole system would die or change into something else that we are not part of.

 

The only solution for overpopulation is to stop making so many babies. We have known this for at least a couple of hundred years, and about 50 years ago we rejoiced when the technology became available – but who is there to accept the responsibility?

 

While we older folk demand that every unborn human zygote must survive, even the unwanted ones, we have handed off to the youth of today our responsibility to deal with reality by helping compassionately to reduce the world population of humans so that those born in the future can come into a better world with less suffering. I don’t mean a better world than we are living now in Texas or Canada or England. I mean a better world for most of the rest of the humans now and in the future.

 

The end of our time is most likely to come through disease. Or it could be war, or it could even be starvation. Those are the likely scenarios. All of them are unavoidable during overpopulation — and unnecessary in normal balance.

 

The living Earth (of which we are a part) was created so that it could balance itself, and we humans can not stop it from doing so. Certainly not by working harder and harder to further unbalance it.

 

So — you young folk will get to try, and likely you will fail because we aren’t much help to you. But now is your time to STOP looking for solutions OUTSIDE the reality of the Law of Life.

 

Because we live inside — and so does the solution.

 

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Growthbusters, and check out the movie

If I could figure out how to repost things, I would, but I think if you click on the below link you will enjoy the Growthbusters page as much as I do, and especially the latest blog.

LL

World Population Day 2014: I’ll Have What She’s Having
Jul 09, 2014

Two months ago today, South Park producer/animation director Eric Stough –addressing the 2014 graduating class at University of Colorado – offered some life-saving advice (at 13:48 in this video):
– See more at: http://www.growthbusters.org/2014/07/world-population-day-2014-ill-have-what-shes-having/#sthash.hXY48VLC.dpuf

Bare Bones Biology 123 – Heroism

Once upon a time I was a real hero. I forced my employer to hire women scientists on a more or less equal basis with men. As a result, the employer hired a gaggle of very competent women, and several of these women let me know that I: “wouldn’t have had all those problems if I had been competent.” Apparently the newbys want to believe they alone are the heroes; that the past is not relevant.

My parents belonged to the generation of the great depression. My early years were informed by WWII and some magnificent expressions of American democratic responsibility, as we tried to imagine a better culture after the war.

In the next generation after mine a great many American and European women and men modified their own pleasures in order to benefit future generations. And yet, more often than not, I hear the Newbys of today say the Green Revolution was a failure, as though everything would be fine today if we had properly solved the problem yesterday. The Green generation understood that good times always have a dark underside. They recognized the new threat — the first ever worldwide, overpopulation-induced shortage of food. And they (we) dealt with it.

WE gave YOU your cushy livestyle. We worked together to achieve one of the most important human accomplishments in all of history. The birth rate dropped in all the educated countries. This was not a biological change. It is not possible –, well I will get into biology some other time, but the biosystem laws of life will not change just to relieve humans of their responsibility to balance human populations with biosystem requirements. Only the human brain can accomplish that task. Only education combined with technology and responsibility.

Education combined with technology. So yes there were bad guys, there are always a few who want to take control over their family, or a community, or their country, or the world. How do they do it? Obvious – they take away the solution to the problem. In this case, take away the education and the technology. Make more people, so the food will run out faster (it has) and there will be more poor people who have no time to worry about anything beyond their next meal (there are). Now the corposystem falsely claims that populations will automatically adjust themselves if only we make them grow. In other words, the corposystem propaganda is that we must grow the population so that the population can reduce itself.

Folks, that’s not how the biosystem works to stay alive and well, and because that claim is so intensely un-biological, therefore the corposystem has had to make sure that we do not understand the biology. I’m not talking about human biology, but the whole of the biosystem – the biosystem biology. The biosystem that gives us all of our food is threatened by overpopulation. And now we have some of the most biologically uneducated adult generations in this country in recent history, and what’s worse, they don’t even know they are uneducated. They believe they alone are the heroes. And the corposystem is still working hard to withhold access both to education and to the most useful and harmless technologies.

The quiet heroism of the green revolution gave us 50 extra years of the good life in which to generate the technologies that are needed to regulate populations, and it gave us time, 50 years in which to reach a sustainable level of reproduction so the good life could be carried into the future.

But the subsequent generations have abandoned responsibility for the whole of the prosperity that we generated in the Green Revolution — turned it over to the corposystem. That is not a failure of the green revolution 50 years ago. It is a failure of responsibility now.

Which, in a way, is good news. If the problem is happening now, then it can be fixed now.

How? We know the corposystem spreads lies; therefore, our job must be to ferret out the truth. And then we must focus on solving the problem, not fighting over it — or we will end up with a war rather than a solution.

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Bare Bones Biology 122 – Human Hands

This blog is an expanded version of Bare Bones Biology radio program that is playing this week on KEOS Radio, 98.1 FM, Bryan, Texas. A podcast can be downloaded later this week at:http://traffic.libsyn.com/fff/BBB122-Human_HandsFinal4.mp3

Hold up your hand flat open with your palm facing me. As though you were a policeman trying to stop an onrushing disaster.

Your four fingers and your thumb are all pointing in different directions.

Now let’s think of your four fingers and your thumb as problems or “actions” that you and other socially conscious people are promoting — spending your time, energy and money, using your life to benefit your family, the community and humankind in general. Every person using his/her best skills to address one or other of the major actions, trying to relieve the problems faced by humankind today.

Let’s say your first finger represents hunger, and all the people trying to reduce world hunger. The second finger can represent global warming. The third finger can represent conflict, for example war, politics, genocide, modern economics. And the fourth finger represents religion and spirituality. Your thumb represents overpopulation.

What I notice about this hand is that all five of the digits are pointing off toward different and separate goals. If you added together the five different problems, and the people who are working to address these problems. Well, they are not working together for a common goal – they are going off in five different directions. Often they fight or argue with each other or they simply ignore each other, rather than discussing common goals. For this reason the work of one group often cancels out the gains of one or more of the other groups.

For example, one group is working for compassion in the belief that a compassionate community will not fight. Another group tries to win because they believe that will solve all our problems. The climate change group, after a few hundred years of evidence, is finally beginning to recognize its problem is real and is trying to decide whether to adapt or deal with the root cause of climate change. The hunger group can’t possibly accomplish its goal in the face of climate change and excessive population growth. And the overpopulation group believes that no positive goals can be achieved by continuing the destructive path that caused these problems in the first place.

We imagine if all the groups accomplished their goals they would all add up to a successful community. The reality, however, looks more like a mish-mash of confusing goals and conflicting interests.

Efficient and effective problem solving does not jump out into the world in five different directions at once, with the different parts of itself fighting among themselves. Modern business practice has made many serious mistakes, but at least one good concept has come out of it, and that is goal setting. Good business defines its goals, sets its guidelines, and informs all parties involved.

Our basic human goal is to live in a community that is sustainable into the future. Surely it must be, and if it’s not we should ask each other why not, because we aren’t acting as though it were. We have all these five problems, and more, dashing off in all directions at the same time. Don’t you agree that we could organize ourselves in some way that would at least have a chance of growing a positive future? I think such a future is possible.

If our primary goal really is the common welfare, then we can align our four fingers to represent of our commitment to the common goal of human sustainability on this earth, in good health, at least through the lifetimes of our grandchildren. If my genuine stated goal is the same as the stated goals of people working in different disciplines – then we will cease to be all working for different outcomes.

Next, we can recognize the physical facts: (1) that nobody can accomplish anything if there is not enough food for them to eat, (2) that all our food comes from the earth, and (3) the earth now has more people than it can feed. If you don’t believe these are real facts, then you have an obligation to the hungry humans in the world to fact-check your belief system.

So we then fold our thumb under at the roots of the four fingers, to represent represent the facts: (1) that overpopulation is at the root of all of the other problems. Yes we have had these problems in the past and we did not solve them before. Blame your heritage. Now is now and now we cannot solve them if a large part of the earth’s population is desperately struggling to make a living, and ; (2) therefore, that no other compassionate goal can be accomplished when there are more people than the earth can feed; and (3) therefore, the four other goals cannot be solved in the presence of overpopulation.

Therefore, if we genuinely want to accomplish our goals. If we want our behavior to reflect our commitment to the real goal, and regardless of our personal expertise or our primary interest — hunger, global warming, conflict resolution (community) or spirituality – then it is our obligation to spend a portion of our effort, every day, to help compassionately reverse human overpopulation, first informing ourselves about why it is a problem, and then addressing that problem as it relates to our own special skills and projects. I tend to judge people’s compassion by their behavior. When I see anyone brush off this obligation with a platitude or a blank look — we all do really know how important it is. Then I wonder why they don’t really want to know. Can it be they don’t want to help carry the burden of responsibility that goes with knowledge?

And then – we all work together to accomplish both the root goal and the individual goals by enclosing all of life on earth within the fully informed, goal-oriented, responsible, compassionate hand of human kind.

And then, you ask. (Everyone does.): “But it is such a big problem, what can I do?” The answer is – in this sequence:

1-You can recognize that this is not about “me.” It’s not about who does what at the level of individual decision making. Do not promote the fake debate (https://factfictionfancy.wordpress.com/2009/06/10/another-fake-debate-pro-life/) over family planning, which is corposystem propaganda meant prevent us from growing our personal and community power (http://FactFictionFancy.Wordpress.com/About)within the ecosystem. Instead study the real overpopulation threat, which is about human suffering at the level of the population, and at the level of survival of the whole living earth.

2-Do not waste time blaming anyone; it will not accomplish our common goal. Instead educate yourself and others about the suffering of populations of humans who do not have access to family planning because our corposystem is withholding that resource from them.

3-Education yourself about how the ecosystem functions to maintain its balance and therefore it’s welfare and its life (you could start with the Bare Bones Ecology Energy Handbook downloadable from the right side of this blog site).

4-Discuss all three “sides” of the issue with family and friends. The “sides” minimally can be described as the conflicting needs of individual persons, families, communities, and the whole earth ecosystem.

5-What we need most right now is the political will to make family planning available compassionately to everyone on earth who wants it and needs it for their health and well being. Work as a citizen to bring this to the people who need and want it.

Bare Bones Biology 122 – Human Hands