AC brilliantly illustrates the logic of the r-selected mind

Peter Singer: If a House Were On Fire I’d Save 200 Pigs Before Saving One Human Child

Think about that as a reproductive strategy. Everyone, yourself included, is mating as fast as possible with as many people as possible, and having as many babies as possible. Your only goal is to see your genes predominate in the population through promiscuity.

Now imagine there are so many people that for the first time ever, there may not be enough resources for everyone. Even worse, you are competitively incompetent. In a short while, you will be going hungry, and your r-selected smorgasbord will be over.

You are walking along the street mulling the impending horror, and suddenly notice a building is burning. Hundreds of other people’s children are inside, about to burn to death. This means you will have plenty of food, and the free-sex/free-food/free-for-all will go on for another ten years.

If you have an r-selected reproductive strategy, would you be psychologically optimized to selflessly run into that building, or would you be optimized to view it as an astonishingly amazing stroke of good luck? Would you be a wolf risking death to save the pack’s pups, or a rabbit looking on dispassionately at another’s misfortune?

Anonymous Conservative
Liberals Like Killing Babies

That was a really good illustration. Well done.

Except for the last sentence quoted, which is wrong and incoherent with the rest of the post:

“Would you be a wolf risking death to save the pack’s pups, or a rabbit looking on dispassionately at another’s misfortune?”

A rabbit isn’t dispassionate here, a rabbit is happy because they’re thinking “more food for me!”

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2 Responses to AC brilliantly illustrates the logic of the r-selected mind

  1. Heaviside says:

    But isn’t this why conservatives hope for the collapse? Now that there are several firearms in my house I can’t help but notice that I’m surrounded by unarmed people with lots of nice things.

    • Aeoli Pera says:

      That could be at the root of it for some or many, I don’t know. You won’t go far wrong in human psychology by assuming the worst interpretation that will fit the facts. I think your disinhibition allows you to observe and admit these thoughts where most people can’t.

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