Could Cannibalism Solve Future Food Shortages?
There's a very good chance that generating food from traditional farming and livestock practices will not be able to keep pace with the world's population boom.
What's the Latest Development?
The United Nations predicts that global population will reach 7 billion by the end of the month and that by century's end, it could be 10 billion. There's a very good chance that generating food from traditional farming and livestock practices will not be able to keep pace with this population boom. Could a system by which aging members of society are selected to provide nutrition to younger generations solve food shortages of the future? Or would it be a strategy for literally eat ourselves out of existence.
What's the Big Idea?
Ethical objections aside, the numbers do not support cannibalism as humans are much less meaty than domesticated animals like the cows and pigs we currently slaughter. "Even if we heavily supplemented our diet of human 'long pork' with grains, we'd have to consume more fellow humans per year than we could ever hope to replace with new babies." Feeding a population of humans on human meat would require two-thirds of us be eliminated to feed the remaining third.
Giving our solar system a "slap in the face"
- A stream of galactic debris is hurtling at us, pulling dark matter along with it
- It's traveling so quickly it's been described as a hurricane of dark matter
- Scientists are excited to set their particle detectors at the onslffaught
Bernardo Kastrup proposes a new ontology he calls “idealism” built on panpsychism, the idea that everything in the universe contains consciousness. He solves problems with this philosophy by adding a new suggestion: The universal mind has dissociative identity disorder.
There’s a reason they call it the “hard problem.” Consciousness: Where is it? What is it? No one single perspective seems to be able to answer all the questions we have about consciousness. Now Bernardo Kastrup thinks he’s found one. He calls his ontology idealism, and according to idealism, all of us and all we perceive are manifestations of something very much like a cosmic-scale dissociative identity disorder (DID). He suggests there’s an all-encompassing universe-wide consciousness, it has multiple personalities, and we’re them.
Once again, our circadian rhythm points the way.
- Seven individuals were locked inside a windowless, internetless room for 37 days.
- While at rest, they burned 130 more calories at 5 p.m. than at 5 a.m.
- Morning time again shown not to be the best time to eat.
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