Most people when introduced to the theory either aggressively ignore or reject it, without offering a more plausible alternative explanation for the observed data.
I speculate the theory has not gained traction due to some combination of:
- the theory predicts most people will resist embracing the theory;
- one author of the idea is dead and the other author has a different day job;
- the profundity and discomfort of the theory’s implications.
I believe any hope of mitigating our overshoot predicament will require many people to understand MORT.
I’ve thus been searching for the perfect elevator pitch to persuade a skeptic to open her mind to the idea. This is my latest attempt:
- Intelligence can only emerge via natural selection.
- Thus, intelligence will not initially survive if it conflicts with the gene’s objective.
- Thus, intelligence can only initially exist in a state of denial.
- Thus, intelligence will often result in a state of overshoot.
- Thus, intelligence will be rare and usually short-lived in the universe.
- It is difficult but not impossible for intelligence to override inherited denial.
- Given our rare place in the universe, and our ability to understand it, we should try to save it.
- Breaking through denial and embracing reality is our best hope.
Has anyone got a better elevator pitch?