Point c) is anon sequitur worthy for the good physician’s commentsabout Russian roulette; it confers no advantages on theneighbors and so is wholly off-topic.
By a number of others whoexpressed concern that naive visitors would misunderstand theargument so totally which they’d all become highlypromiscuous Maxwells and finally extinguish the humanspecies. A couple of also urged me to forprecisely publish a retraction that reason. This means that, they argued thatideas should really be suppressed because someone mightmisunderstand them. Which is a place with a lengthy and sordidhistory of which I would instead maybe perhaps not be a component.
Here are a few more concerns that came up frequently enough tomake it well well worth recording the responses:
Matter 1: You state that much more promiscuitywould lead to less AIDS. If that were true, wouldn’t it notfollow that the enormous upsurge in promiscuity could defeatthe infection entirely? And it is that summary notmanifestly ridiculous?
Response: The “summary” is definitely manifestlyabsurd, however it is not a genuine summary. Large changesand little modifications do not also have consequences that are similar. Ibelieve that if We consumed a little less, I would personally live a bitlonger. But i really do perhaps not genuinely believe that if we stopped eatingentirely, i might live forever.
Concern 2: into the terms of just one audience, “a spoonfulof promiscuity will just slow the condition; self-restraint can stop it. ” In view of the, is itnot reckless to tout the merits of promiscuity withoutalso emphasizing the merits of self-restraint?
Response: this can be like arguing that traffic lights canonly decrease the quantity of automobile accidents, whilebanning automobiles can stop car accidents; consequently, itwould be reckless to tout the merits of traffic lights.
The issue with such thinking is the fact that banning automobiles, likebanning sex outside of longterm relationships, is neitherrealistic nor obviously desirable—it’s not likely to take place, and if it did take place, we would oftimes be less pleased, despitethe attendant decline in mortality.
The point is, everyone currently understands that a perfectlymonogamous culture would not need an AIDS issue. Iprefer to create about items that are both real and astonishing. Being an author, we dare to hope that there arereaders who will be really enthusiastic about learning something.
Concern 3: Okay, you will find advantages to increasedpromiscuity. But there also can advantageous assets to increasedchastity. Is not it inconsistent to subsidize one withoutsubsidizing one other?
Response: No, while there is a vital differencebetween the 2 types of advantage. Some great benefits of yourpromiscuity head to other people; some great benefits of your chastity get toyou. Hence you have enough incentives regarding the pro-chastity part.
Matter 4: did you not keep some things out thatmight beimportant?
Response: Definitely. A change in humanbehaviorcould trigger a burst of evolution on the part of the virus for one thing. We question thatconsideration is essential in this context (though it’ssurely importantin others), but perhaps i am incorrect. For the next, at the very least onereadercontended that slight increases in promiscuity are impossiblebecause they trigger social modifications that result in largeincreases in promiscuity. We question which he’s right, but i cannot prove he’swrong.
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