Education

I’m a student working on an assignment that requires using an “ethical decision making process” to suggest a possible resolution to an “ethical” dilemma. The case we’ve been presented with is that of a person who has had a neurological deficit and hasn’t been improving as fast as the insurance company would like so the insurance company no longer wants to fund treatment. We’re supposed to use an ethical decision making model to decide whether or not we should lie to the insurance company about progress to prolong treatment or find some alternative solution. Do you know of any resources for making “ethical” decisions that don’t actually involve ethics or morals?

A central and repeatedly stated assertion of the two Quinn books I read is that at some time humans lived in a stable equilibrium. That is not a worldview, that is an assertion of fact. A particular fact that is problematic in proving, yet Quinn claims to know it is true. He actually waters it down at one point and says that human population did grow steadily before some arbitrary level of agricultural innovation, but that it was slower than in recent times. My question is: Why should I believe that modern humans ever existed in a stable equilibrium? I believe that the growth rate has not been constant, yet how could I know that the early history of humans is fundamentally different from exponential growth in which growth is relatively slow for a long time early on?

While thinking about possible careers, I’ve examined my skills, desires, and beliefs, and conclude that I’m a talented, persuasive speaker, especially when talking about something that I know well and feel strongly about. My desire is to influence people to change the direction in which our species is heading and instead to work for a more natural, nondetrimental end. The bumps in this career path are huge. Millions upon millions of people need to be reached. Luckily we have such technology to do this, but unfortunately only the famous seem able to use it (How to be famous?) Another large bump–the topic of the direction of the entire human race is quite encompassing, and I’m too ignorant to speak intelligently about anything that important right now. I need an education very different from the one that I received as a biology major at Boston University. So I need advice. What do you tell a girl who wants to change the current worldview? I’m asking for any guidance you can offer regarding the education or getting started or somewhere I should go, something I should do, anything.

Okay, so you have grown up in this society that is ruled by mother culture’s values, and lived your whole life in it. How did you see the invisible questions and rules that Mother Culture tells you day after day, week after week, year after year, to write down in your books? What caused you to see these messages that are repeated so often that no one knows they’re there anymore?

I find it difficult to teach the “unteachable,” or better yet, to “unteach” them. Please, don’t get me wrong here – I am not suggesting that they are intellectually inept but rather that they are unwilling to listen to anything that goes against their conditioning. Do you think that this fact (?) will seal our fate? I only ask because I find that the types of individuals who are drawn to books such as yours are the ones looking for an alternative in the first place. I find that most people I talk to either don’t want to be challenged or truly believe in this “lifestyle” because they don’t know any better. I am sorry if this question sounds redundant as I have read your views on this but what is your approach for the most “closeminded” individuals, or isn’t there one?

I am in college and I am struggling quite a bit. I’m having trouble finding the motivation to stay in such a horribly run educational system that mother culture has given us. I’ve hated the way school is run for many years now and after reading My Ishmael and Providence, I now know that there really is a problem with our schools. I’ve thought about dropping out but I’d feel like a failure. So if you could give me any advice on the subject it would be greatly appreciated.