Cognitive Thrift 14 – Billions

In-Sight Publishing

Cognitive Thrift 14 – Billions

Scott Douglas Jacobsen & Rick Rosner

May 24, 2017

[Beginning of recorded material]

Scott Douglas Jacobsen: That does seem overly optimistic. Some of the best projections look at 9-10 billion, and even 12 billion at the extreme, by the end of the century. 

Rick Rosner: Anything that slows it might not necessarily the worst thing.

To circle back to what evolution might want from us in terms of spiritual thought, we might be better of psychologically with a certain amount of faith.

Jacobsen: That’s true. That does match some evidence. People within a faith community tend to be have more psychological health. The ‘jocks’ win in that sense.

Rosner: Yea – faith does not cost anything. It’s one of those things where it doesn’t hurt and it might help, unless faith is cynically exploited by jerks to fight some positive social change.

Jacobsen: What social change? What examples – two, please?

Rosner: You have a bunch of Southern states calling prejudice against trans- and gays religious liberty, which is A) bullshit and B) on the losing side of history. The Golden Rule tends to be – history tends to be on the side of the Golden Rule, extending respect and empathy to more and more entities, deserving entities. Nobody is arguing that the Golden Rule applies to cars, though they may in 50 years when cars turn out to be with computer brains that are as smart and feeling as a kitten, but really, it’s –

The Golden Rule extends empathy to thinking, feeling entities.

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Rick Rosner

American Television Writer


Rick Rosner


Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Editor-in-Chief, In-Sight Publishing


In-Sight Publishing


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