Saturday, August 31, 2019

Definition: Environmental Antinatalism - and why it is flawed

"environmental antinatalism" is my new term for the opposition to birthing new children on environmental grounds. The reasoning goes: If you have no children (or fewer children), you are helping the environment, because each child has a carbon footprint that you are eliminating. The opposing argument is that if all environmentalist decline to have children, there will be no one in the next generation to fight for the environment.

This topic is discussed in two videos of mine:

Both videos fail to concisely summarize my point. My compact response to environmental antinatalism is this (as published in the description of the 2nd video):
Carbon is the biggest component in global warming. Carbon is added to the atmosphere mainly through the burning of fossil fuels, which take carbon out of the ground and put it into the air. Simply having a child doesn't necessarily add to fossil fuel use, which depends more on other factors, like technology, regulatory policy and the amount of fossil fuels available. For example, if the baby lives in a society that uses renewable energy sources like hydroelectric and wind power, their fossil fuel usage could be very low. At the same time, children of environmentalists tend to be environmentalists themselves and can exert political pressure on government policy to reduce fossil fuel usage. Without them, the anti-environmentalists will rule the planet, and Earth will get trashed.
"Environmental antinatalism" was first defined in a tweet on 17 Aug 2019.

Also see my Instagram posts on Antinatalism.

Ironic point I failed to make in 2nd video: If your care about the amount of carbon humans generate, regardless of its source, then you should kill all the whales and elephants, because they breathe out a lot of carbon dioxide.

The videos...

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Definition: Modular Family

The modular family is my own original term for a hypothetical family unit consisting of as many as 18 children of mixed ages and genetic parentage living under one roof. This unit is supported by an extended community of adults, but only one on-duty adult is required to directly supervise the group. The aim is to raise a large number of children in a healthy emotional environment while making optimal use of adult resources.

The term was first used in this video on 26 March 2019:

Compare the modular family to the traditional nuclear family, where 1-3 children are raised by 1-2 adults. The modular family is much more efficient, requiring fewer adult resources for routine activities. The modular family is intended to be a permanent institution that always maintains the same number of children with the same age spacing. As older children age out of the system, new babies are brought in.

The practical benefit of modular families is that the parent-child ratio is low. In the modular family, older children take care of younger children, and only one adult needs to be on duty at any time. Children in the family actively care for themselves, with older children being responsible for younger ones. A large family like this may be healthier for the children than a nuclear family, since they have a rich variety of relationships and must learn from their earliest years to work within a group and negotiate with others. They are also less likely to experience the crippling effects of overparenting.

"Modular parenting" is my own original term, invented on 9 March 2019. It could be
replaced by a different term if I find a better one. I have chosen 9-18 as the optimal number of children in the modular family because it allows for one child at each age, from infants to 18-year-olds. This is intended to minimize competition and encourage responsibility. If the family is working well, then only one supervising adult needs to be on duty at any one time. With several older teenagers in the family, it can even go for short periods without adult supervision.

Having only one child at each age means there is a clear hierarchy, with older children having greater status and responsibility. If there were more than one child at each age, there may be too much competition between them, and one of them would invariably monopolize most of the attention
of older and younger children.

In the modular family, the children themselves are a captive labor force. Every child who is old enough to do so is caring for younger children. Collectively, they are changing diapers, bathing babies, cleaning house and preparing meals, with only management supervision from the one on-duty adult. Being the adult parent is a professional responsibility, rewarded by the community like any other job. The group needs an adult to provide a stable leadership presence, but when things are running well, the children are doing most of the work of maintaining the household.

The children themselves don't see their responsibilities as "work" because they have been indoctrinated into this culture from birth. They understand that their job is caring for the group, especially those who are younger than them. Talking baby-talk to a baby is essential for their language development, but you don't need to be an adult to do it; any 8-year-old can do it just as effectively. The modular family harnesses the natural inclination of older kids to supervise younger kids. It gives them a feeling of power, so it doesn't seem like work at all. Furthermore, by teaching basic skills to a younger child, the older child is consolidating his or her own knowledge. Maybe someone else teaches you the ABC's, but what really reinforces them is you teaching them to someone else.

The modular family occupies a single stable location: a "house" with a name that the children take as a badge of identity. (Think of Gryffindor and Slytherin in the Harry Potter series, but in this house every age is represented.) The relationships formed in this house are permanent. The people you grew up with will always be your brothers and sisters, and you know you can always go to them for help and support. The modular family is a permanent institution with a stable population.
As older children age out of the house and move into the larger community, new infants are brought in. It is in some sense a "child factory", but potentially a warm, healthy and enjoyable

There are many questions raised by this structure, to be addressed elsewhere in this project. They include:
  • Where do the babies come from?
  • Who provides the family's financial support?
  • What is the structure of the community that supports this family?
  • Is there a place for traditional classroom learning?
  • What is the place of technology in this family?
  • What is the culture these children are raised in?
This term was first announced on Twitter on 10 March 2019.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Definition: pragmatic and philosophical antinatalism

Pragmatic antinatalism is my term for a reluctance to have childen based on practical concerns rather than any objection to children themselves. A pragmatic antinatalist may want children and see their value, but real-world issues keep getting in the way. Typical reasons include:
  • "I can't afford children right now,"
  • "The society I'm living in, at present, isn't appropriate for children."
Pragmatic antinatalism is negotiable. It isn't saying children lack value, only that current circumstances aren't right.

The other form of antinatalism is philosophical antinatalism, or the position that having children is morally wrong. The reasons cited may include:
  • Having children imposes unnecessary pain and risk on those children.
  • Having children takes potential resources away from neglected children who are already alive.
  • Having children puts unnecessary stress on the environment.
  • "My religion forbids me from having children."
Philosophical anitnatalism tends to be non-negotiable. People with these beliefs may change on their own, but you can't change them. Their position is determined by logic or faith and depends little on actual conditions.

Pragmatic antinatalism is first defined in my video, Antinatalism: An Evolutionary Dead End (17 May 2019). In the video, I refer to "hard-core" antinatalism, which I am defining now as philosophical antinatalism.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Definition: Medical Science Paradox

The Medical Science Paradox is my own original term for a paradox is modern medicine, where advances in medical technology may  reduce the longevity of the general popultion, instead of increasing it as expected.

The term was officially created on 4 June 2019 with the release of my video, The Medical Science Paradox: Why Longevity is Falling.

There are a variety of reasons why longevity may fall as medicine improves. One is the huge cost of medical care, which ultimately results in fewer people having access to it. If modern medicine saves a life, it gaurantees that the patient will continue spending medical resources for years in the future.

See my other posts on Health Care on Twitter and Instagram.

For my own cancer saga, see my posts on Instagram.

New Blog Created

I am creating a new blog today for my existing philosophy project, "Demographic Doom: Why The World is Falling Apart." So far, the project consists of a series of original videos, an instagram account, a complex reference structure based on Twitter and a supporting website.

This blog fills in a gap in my project. Until now, I have had no place to post essays and messages longer than a tweet and not appropriate for a video. I expect to use this blog mainly for term definitions, including both accepted demographic terms and those I have made up myself.

This blog will replace my Glossary Page, which was too unwieldy to maintain. With the new blog, I can immediately report on a new idea, announce it on my Twitter feed (and maybe my Facebook page) and it's done.

Blog Posts moved to Bad Words

This blog has been abandoned. For new Demographic Doom posts, see my Bad Words blog , which is my personal philosophy blog dating back to...