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What is the ultimate long term score card for measuring the worth of a society?
  A strong genetic.viewpoint:  

A strong environment.viewpoint:
Innately productive people must out-  
Ignores reproductive rates in favor of "so-
breed innately dysfunctional people    
cial justice" and "equality" for everyone
Preserving cultural integrity a key to  
Culture has improved by borrowing the
preserving racial integrity  
best ideas of all peoples around the world
Preserving genetic quality key long  
A culture is superior if it can be exported
  term factor behind dynamic culture    
and successfully perpetrated by anyone

Sample argument: We learn from sociobiology that in the long run everything is largely genetic. Therefore a society must guard against various forms of improper mate selection. It must reverse trends where stupid and criminal people out-reproduce bright people of good character. The society that keeps its racial stock up over the long run while adaptively but selectively absorbing outside ideas will be rewarded by maintaining cultural vibrancy, technological innovativeness, and advanced economic and military power. Societies require a high degree of ethno-racial homogeneity to maintain their cohesion and competitiveness. They can achieve adequate intellectual diversity and innovativeness on their own without embracing racial or ethnic diversity. In fact, sustainable innovativeness is more genetic.than environmental. Frankly, some groups on this planet just do not make a contribution and a healthy society must make a strenuous effort to keep them out of its living space.
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Sample argument: The long term legacy of a society is measured by its ability to amalgamate the best ideas of various peoples and cultures around the planet. This process is aided by physically absorbing alien peoples as well as new ideas.The objective is to evolve a uniquely blended civilization, as well as maintain strong trade connections around the globe. This ability to continually absorb the best of different peoples and cultures requires a high degree of tolerance for diverse races and cultures. It is also very important for a society to show concern for the weak, the botched, the misbred, and the environment to promote general tolerance and ward off destructive forms of nativism and xenophobia. Cosmopolitanism is always preferable to provincialism and produces a more "sophisticated" (or "superior") cultural legacy. Prohibiting a free flow of people as well as ideas overly constricts labor markets and creates other undesirable constraints that impair creative personal expression. This can also inhibit minorities who make unique contributions.


Genetic viewpoint:

Here is an idea that most people need to look at for a while before they can begin to get their arms around it. In regard to the comment above that we learn from sociobiology that in the long run everything is largely genetic, I was thinking in particular about the Biological Response Hierarchy chart that is also provided in my environmental vs. genetics article.

Sociobiology: The New Synthesis by Harvard professor Dr. Edward Wilson, has an interesting chart that conceptualizes human learning behavior as simply the short term portion of a long term combination of individual and group "genetic responses" to the evolutionary sculpturing factors of the physical environment. By this interpretation, even the "plasticity" behind "free will" and learning capabilities itself has a genetic base, although in the short run it may convenient to label these things as "environmental."

Figure 7-2 from Sociobiology: The New Synthesis by Dr. Edward O. Wilson. The caption in the book reads: "The full hierarchy of biological responses. Organismic responses are evoked by changes in the environment detectable within a life span, population responses to long-term trends. The hierarchy ascends with an increase in the response time; that is, any given response tends to alter the pattern of the faster responses. Beyond evolutionary responses are replacements of one species by another or an even entire groups of related species by other such groups. The particular response curves shown here are imaginary."

An excellent book that explains how civilizations tend to reverse evolution is Why Civilizations Self-Destruct by Dr. Elmer Pendell. Civilizations create niches where the less fit reproduce at a faster rate than the fit. In addition, the social appetite (or innate altruism) of the population often causes productive people to become overtaxed relative to nonproductive people out of compassion for taking care of them. Eventually civilizations decline as the overall quality of the underlying population and its productivity goes into decline.

According to Dr. Pendell, civilizations historically got jump-started when groups that were formed by geographic environments that require a high level of technological adaptiveness to survive migrated to less demanding areas where they found that they had a surplus of vigor and intelligence to meet basic survival needs. They then had the additional capacity available necessary that could be invested in developing civlizations. A civilization is essentially an accumulation of problem-solving improvements.

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