Question: How serious is climate change and other aspects of human overshoot?
Answer: Far worse than most can imagine. Your grandchildren and maybe your children are at risk. The evidence is obvious and everywhere, if you care to look.
Question: What should we do?
Answer: There is no “solution” to our predicament. But we can and should take action to reduce future suffering. Any effective response must include population reduction and reduced per capita consumption.
Question: How many of earth’s 7,600,000,000 people have a New Year’s resolution to reduce their lifestyle and promote a one child policy?
Answer: Almost zero. Most want a larger lifestyle.
Question: How is this possible?
Answer: The MORT theory explains that humans evolved to deny reality.
Question: That’s profoundly important. How come almost no one discusses denial of reality?
Answer: The behavior prevents us from acknowledging the behavior.
Question: I’m skeptical about the MORT theory. What first principles support it?
Life is chemical replicators competing for finite resources to maximize replication.
Therefore all life obeys the Maximum Power Principle (MPP).
Therefore all life will go into overshoot if it evolves the means or discovers a windfall resource like fossil energy.
Any intelligence capable of understanding and mitigating its own overshoot would conflict with the MPP.
Therefore intelligence cannot (initially?) exist without denial of overshoot.
MORT is one mechanism evolution discovered to resolve this Catch-22.
Question: Is it possible that everyone is acting rationally because they know someone else will consume whatever they give up?
Answer: No. If this was true we would see elections where the Green Party says “We are in overshoot and need to put on the brakes, impose austerity and conservation fairly on everyone, and prepare a soft landing zone.”, and the Business As Usual Party says “We agree we are in overshoot but the best strategy is to maximize growth so we are the last country standing”. The reality we observe is no debate, no discussion, and no mention of the word overshoot in elections, or anywhere else that matters.
Question: If you’re right, what are the implications?
Answer: Intelligence is probably rare and fleeting in the universe.
Question: I understand. I must be a mutant. What should I do?
Answer: Savor every day you are alive and able to understand what you observe, and try to increase public awareness of our inherited denial of reality.