[ 3/August/22 ]
Very interesting – as usual. Two errors present.
The idea that there will always be war, is not survivable. The idea of resource competition leading to war is a failure of imagination.
The idea that death is an essential part of evolution is not true. Certainly, evolution requires a mechanism to select between the frequencies of the units being selected; and in genetic systems that has usually involved the death of individuals carrying or expressing those genes.
In the mimetic realm, all that is required is the frequency of memes can alter; the individuals expressing those memes do not need to die for that to happen (even if there is some truth in the idea that science progresses one funeral at a time; it doesn’t need to be that way). So provided we are individually capable of replacing paradigms with new ones, then there is no need for death, for evolution to happen.
If we, as a species, are to survive long term, are to have access to the sorts of energies and technologies we need to survive long term, then we have to accept that we need to have fundamental cooperation, and that warfare is not a survivable strategy, not with the sorts of technology we need to mitigate a large class of existential risks. We cooperate in diversity, or we perish.