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Then why are humans including darwinists who should

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Then why are humans (including Darwinists who should apparently know better) so readily  compelled to seek for the meaning compulsively? Unlikely to be mainstream: o Pleasure based meaning o Religion (7) In BIOL350, we considered that humans are generally well equipped to respond effectively to the immediate, clear and present problems, and that this can be accounted for by our evolutionary roots. Briefly describe the main arguments in support of this view, and also our discussion of the implications that this is likely to have in our efforts to address the challenges that we currently face for our civilization. An ability to deal with the immediate: the clear and present problems have left us ill- equipped to respond effectively in advance to things that 'might be' in the future (despite that we have  evolved some capacity to predict what the future is likely to bring).  Like our ancestors before us, we remain mostly motivated with priority to respond to the hear  and now - because this was in the best interests of our ancestors genes. It benefitted our ancestors to focus on the present as it posed the most danger, you need to  survive now to reproduce in the future. Future is always uncertain so to plan too much means you may never see your work realized
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Means we will likely continue to do little to plan for the future until he ff party is over and we  reach a crisis. (8) In BIOL350 we considered that a new and improved project for future civilization might include prescriptions that involve moral enhancement. Briefly describe our discussion of the main components of this prospect and some of the challenges that it might face. Moral behaviour tends to be strategically deployed in various degrees and at different times  depending on the perceived balance of costs and benefits Inspiration for collective, ethical obligation to the global environment, its biosphere, and its  peoples can come from both religious and secular precepts Recognition that individuals have a fundamental right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of personal  happiness —  but at the same time, recognition that the best interests of the individual Successful moral enhancement: o not just education social pressure like public shaming to promote incentives for social  /  institutional redesign that  helps to minimize negative effe
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  • Fall '13
  • L.Aarssen
  • Demography, Evolution, Final Exam Notes, death rates, Low death rates, new epoch humans

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