5 Minutes: Why the West Isn’t Working
Tom Singell

I like your article. But I think there’s a danger that lots of people fall into when comparing “success” of evolution and ecosystems to success of human society. One has to remember that successful evolution is mostly about failure of poorer alternatives — the natural world is full of examples of enormous species die-offs. In the long run, it all goes to the success of the survivors, but we may want to look at things from a species-centred view in this case (and I think that’s ok).

Humanity is, in fact, trying to do something somewhat counter to the normal rhythms of natural selection — natural selection wants the ecosystem to survive, while we would like the ecosystem including our species in particular to survive. Using ideas that go against the flow of survival-of-the-fittest may actually be what’s called for to achieve this.

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