Human RNA using tools to make hard copies of information.
That a civilizational cancer should arise only requires the already existing natural propensity to acquire and store wealth, if possible, and the sudden evolutionary emergence of a second complex adaptive system. A complex adaptive system that can evolve, albeit much more quickly than what is found in the ecosystem (DNA-RNA-Tools) and apply those adaptations against each other (tribes/nations) and against everything else in the ecosystem. Even though great good can be accomplished for Homo sapiens using the organization and tools developed in CAS II, these advantages are temporary and akin to the advantages a cancer has while growing within its parent system. Before the maturing of the technological complex adaptive system, native humans roamed various relatively undefined territories taking resources on a daily basis. Further development of tools made various resources extractable and convertible into human utility. Surveying and fencing and a place to record the information (courthouse) were two adaptations which allowed specific ownership of plots of land and resources above and below ground. Once ownership is established any number of new tools can be used to plunder its wealth. Of course the living ecosystem is almost never seen as wealth because it cannot provide large immediate rewards to the limbic system without being consumed in short order. The enzymatic tools are brought in to mine, pump, clear and begin the catabolic process with the “wealth” flowing to the property owner. The wealth is only temporary, the long-lasting intergenerational wealth (intact ecosystem) having been destroyed in favor of immediate satisfaction.
Why does the technological system continue to grow without hesitation even though signs of parent system degradation and ill-health abound and catastrophic collapse is projected? I think it is because the limbic brain can ignore complex arguments and go about its business seeking rewards until the amygdala actually rings the alarm bells and warns of immediate threat. In other words, the limbic brain, the one in control, cannot be impeded from seeking reward until the personal damage resulting in seeking that reward is manifest.
Addicted to sex, money, more sex, alcohol – limbic licentiousness at its best. Great representatives for a cancerous growth desperately in need of some control.
Humans jumped the DNA fence imposed by the ecosystem through neural evolution which enabled information creation and storage and tool creation and use by the neocortex. Unfortunately other parts of their brain, the limbic system, did not change at all and the entirety of the neocortical structures are subservient to the limbic system. The areas that manage information like Wernicke’s and Broca’s areas and the frontal cortices are subservient to the emotion laden goals of the limbic system. It seem to me that this primal control almost makes it impossible for us as individuals and as collective humans to say no to the pursuit of further rewards at the expense of the ecosystem and each other. Our dopamine and opioid loving brains have “unwittingly” sent us on a suicide mission equipped with the tools necessary to carry out their mandate, to obtain more reward at any expense.
Most people are trained and conditioned to function in the technological system without asking any questions, let alone answering them. If new knowledge does not apply to their “jobs” and will not result in extra dollars in the pocket, then most people will not make the effort to understand, but will simply pick the most stimulating reward available.
I have a feeling that many celebrated academics are reluctant to share all of their knowledge because of the wide acceptance of “Limbic Approved” belief systems. All models of reality must meet the societal “Limbic Seal of Approval” (LSOA) and therefore most beliefs or conceptions of reality serve the limbic system. In the short video below Steven Pinker is still nibbling at the edges. I’m not sure any popular scientist would risk losing everything by revealing the truth and threatening public limbic harmony.
At the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 President George H.W. Bush said that “The American way of life is not negotiable” – a factual statement. The limbic system will never negotiate the loss of its rewards. Jimmy Carter tried to get us to turn down our thermostats and he was ejected from the White House.