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The Ecosystem

January 13, 2014

Published on Jan 13, 2014

David Pearce discusses the ecosystem, and despite it's beauty - the unfortunate suffering of sentient life. He advocates for a benign compassionate stewardship of nature, alleviating suffering in the near and long term futures using high technology (assuming that ultimately the whole world will be computationally accessible to the micromanagement needed for benign hyper-stewardship of nature).

He distinguishes between 'wild' and 'free-living'.

David talks about a welfare state for elephants, some of the pitfalls of conservation biology,

Notice the cute koalas (mother & child) in the background!

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A couple of quotes from River out of Eden by Dawkins:

"The total amount of suffering per year in the natural world is beyond all decent contemplation. During the minute that it takes me to compose this sentence, thousands of animals are being eaten alive, many others are running for their lives, whimpering with fear, others are slowly being devoured from within by rasping parasites, thousands of all kinds are dying of starvation, thirst, and disease."

- Richard Dawkins, River Out of Eden

"In a universe of electrons and selfish genes, blind physical forces and genetic replication, some people are going to get hurt, other people are going to get lucky, and you won't find any rhyme or reason in it, nor any justice. The universe that we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but pitiless indifference."

- Richard Dawkins, River Out of Eden

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