Exploring the philosophy and ramifications of antinatalism; that is, the belief that life should not be brought into existence.
Newsflash: Peter Singer has a very relevant post in the NYT blog:http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/06/06/should-this-be-the-last-generation/If you have read and enjoyed Jim's book, please consider chiming in in the comment thread with a link and plug. Thanks!
Thanks, Chip! Interesting little article there. Singer seems to claim at the end that procreation is worthwhile, though his justification is the same old 'because most people think so' truism. I'm off to work now, but I'll try to put my two cents in over there tonight.
I used to think Singer was a reasonable guy. What depressing news...To believe that an axiomatization of utilitarians that excludes the asymmetry is plausible is one thing; but why is this man so ridiculously optimistic as to believe that the world will one day reach a state where everybody is reasonably happy? Doesn't he read newpapers or evolutionary psychology research?
Jim,I'm visiting relatives in Southern California, and I was wondering if you wouldn't mind meeting up with me and having a few drinks. I'd be buying, of course.It's understandable if you don't want to hang out with a stranger from the internet, but I thought it wouldn't hurt to ask. I think of you as an honorary "cool uncle", so it sort of makes sense to visit you while I'm here.I don't really have anyone to talk to "in real life" about antinatalism, and it makes me feel lonely and sad.I'm going to put my email address on my profile, in case you want to respond.
p.s.I don't know if my profile shows the right email address. It's firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jeff-Sounds fun! My response has been mailed.
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