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Why the fight against AGW must become a tyranny

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Give the premise that humans are merely evolved animals (the 99% chimpanzee schtick*), it is hard to see how a fight against global warming (if it exists and however caused) would not devolve into a morass of oppression.

After all, our behaviour is ruled by selfish genes which mechanically replicate themselves. That process creates the illusion of purpose.

So if the chatterati who take Darwin (and Dawkins) for granted also want to remake the world to “fight anthropogenic global warming,” their cause will mainly turn out to be helpful to the “alpha apes.” And that would be nature unfolding as it simply must.

In the Hobbesian war of all against all, there is no appeal to ethics, which are one of many illusions.

Of course, it is possible that the selfish gene does not rule the world, in which case the traditional concept of stewardship cited by commenter ppolish makes sense. On the other hand, he adds,

If we’re specks on a speck revolving around a speck in a speck embedded in specklessness, why care? “Care” is a joke. We suck.

True, but alpha apes of “concern” do care. They care about making other people serve and obey them, and coming out ahead.  They may choose to “do good” to feel good about themselves, somewhat like social grooming. But that is all. And we’ll be seeing plenty of that stuff in the days to come.

See also: Breaking, breaking: Chimpanzees steal and don’t care how crime affects the neighbourhood

* But see: Genomics scientist Jeffrey Tompkins takes issue with BioLogos’ we are 98% chimpanzee claim.

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3 Replies to “Why the fight against AGW must become a tyranny

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    daveS says:

    True, but alpha apes of “concern” do care. They care about making other people serve and obey them, and coming out ahead. They may choose to “do good” to feel good about themselves, somewhat like social grooming. But that is all.

    I would think there is more to it for those who have children. Or really anyone whose life is connected with younger generations.

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    News says:

    daveS, the principle problem is the lack of fit between the claimed philanthropic goals and the actual beliefs.

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    daveS says:

    daveS, the principle problem is the lack of fit between the claimed philanthropic goals and the actual beliefs.

    Well, I think your characterization of these beliefs and their implications are very debatable.

    For example, you refer to “the premise that humans are merely evolved animals” (my bolding).

    I believe in common descent, that humans are animals, and I doubt that we were specially designed by some higher power, but I wouldn’t say that we are “merely” evolved animals. To the contrary, we are capable of some amazing things (in fact, so are some animals—we read about such things every day here). With any luck I’ll be around for several more decades, but I can see that I’ll be able to learn about only a tiny fraction of the music, literature, and science that others have produced.

    And hopefully some clever people will find solutions to this climate change problem before things get too bad.

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