Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Pessimism

I've been out of town at a conference, come back and have missed a lot, apparently. If you want yet another example of negative mood, check out this New York Times editorial:

Should This Be the Last Generation?
By Peter Singer
Have you ever thought about whether to have a child? If so, what factors entered into your decision? Was it whether having children would be good for you, your partner and others close to the possible child, such as children you may already have, or perhaps your parents? For most people contemplating reproduction, those are the dominant questions. Some may also think about the desirability of adding to the strain that the nearly seven billion people already here are putting on our planet’s environment. But very few ask whether coming into existence is a good thing for the child itself...

The author tries to keep a positive spin at the end, but a year or two hence, stuff like this might possibly be the norm in philosopical circles.

More posts to come after I get caught up.

h/t Mike Ruppert on the article.

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