Biological Consensus Mechanisms: The Future of Coexistence
From the contradictions inherent to society’s view of a pastoral, Arcadian wilderness to that of an opposite brutal, indifferent biosphere, the evolution of Homo sapiens looks to be dynamically challenged in future generations. What kinds of moral and scientific imperatives are sufficiently robust to engender social contracts among our kind that have the staying power and qualities of mind and of heart to enact meaningful protective measures that go far beyond anything in our past histories? Can we and will we transcend the genetic and ethical convolutions that have given us to believe that the Anthropocene is our one and only destiny? Numerous examples across a broad suite of biology, history, and the humanities are examined in an effort to draw conclusions about the future of humankind.