posted on Jul, 25 2010 @ 03:15 PM
Any way you kill off large numbers of people that does not preserve maximum genetic diversity, seems wildly reckless to me.
One might want to slightly favor some given characteristics IF one had some experimental data that made that a SYSTEM viable idea.
But i imagine that is very difficult/impossible data to come by, & some crude computer modeling seems like a risky bet on that.
A survivable/viable/healthy population may require a mix of characteristics/tendencies/skills.
It could be that there is some minimal number of people who are of lesser intelligence to make a coherent system/society. I know this is only
speculation, but if human survival required or was greatly benefited from the maximum number of people being intelligent, i am quite sure we would be
a very different species than we, by all accounting seem to be.
It is also possible that one could have an entire population of intelligent people/humans without problem, & the only reason evolution has a mix is
because anything sufficient 'will do'. But again i would exercise great caution before taking any rash action. Perhaps isolated experimental
populations could give some indication of what was & was not workably possible.
Maybe we would benefit greatly from having an increased number of people with exceptional intellect & creativity [spurring technology], but that might
have to be balanced with an upgrade of the temperament of the entire population. Again, just throwing around hypotheticals.
Theoretically a lottery that took about the same percentage from all genetic variety, with the possible exception for very limited population types
[Australian Aborigines, maybe American Indians, Eskimos & other very low numbered population types]
Would reduce overall numbers while preserving maximum genetic diversity.
Depending on whether this was an explicit, publicly acknowledged policy or some covert operation would affect the possible methods.
Ideally one would appeal to reason & rationality & people would simply, willingly, effectively exercise birth control.
(in your dreams)
But even in China there are strict rules & punishments as the ONLY way that potentially disastrous population growth is stalled.
It runs against many religious teachings, making it additionally problematic as a public policy.
Covert methods might be an option, but people would inevitably find methods around it.
A publicly acknowledged program means everyone at least understands the reasoning behind it, even if they may not agree with it.
That increases a certain social pressure to adhere to it for all.
Other people get angry when someone else 'cheats'.
It might be interesting to tell religions that they will have to create & build the technologies to live in outer space or colonize other planets if
they want to have unlimited reproductive 'rights'.
That would be ironic if religious organizations were working really hard on science & technology & leading in some fields of it, simply to fulfill
this edict of theirs.