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I don't break rear windows and steal children's car seats but I love this guy, his work, and his message in this clip.

Here's a link to the study most environmentalists don't want to talk about: http://oregonstate.edu/ua/ncs/archives/2009/jul/family-planning-major-environmental-emphasis
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The creation of any new life is a profoundly irrational act. It is perhaps the most eloquent demonstration that the reproduction of our societies is a form of mass delusion.
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New entry: Pushing more of the antinatalist buttons.
Many antinatalists will already be familiar with the “red button” hypothetical, which asks a person if they would push a red button that would instantly kill every single human being on…
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+David Ellis I hope so. :)
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New entry: Natalism is profoundly anti-feminist...
According to The Creation of Patriarchy, by Gerda Lerner, patriarchy began with the rise of agriculture, when women's capacity to procreate became vital to the survival and flourishing of rooted co...
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"Pertinently to this they say that Midas, after hunting, asked his captive Silenus somewhat urgently, what was the most desirable thing among humankind. At first he could offer no response, and was obstinately silent. At length, when Midas would not stop plaguing him, he erupted with these words, though very unwillingly: ‘you, seed of an evil genius and precarious offspring of hard fortune, whose life is but for a day, why do you compel me to tell you those things of which it is better you should remain ignorant? For he lives with the least worry who knows not his misfortune; but for humans, the best for them is not to be born at all, not to partake of nature’s excellence; not to be is best, for both sexes. This should our choice, if choice we have; and the next to this is, when we are born, to die as soon as we can.’ It is plain therefore, that he declared the condition of the dead to be better than that of the living.”"

Aristotle, Eudemus 
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"Life is a pain in the ass... and such"
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New entry: Another failed attempt at disproving the Asymmetry...
I've discussed attempts at disproving the Asymmetry before. They suffer from a complete inability to just look at the argument and argue with it on its own terms. Instead, they have to introduce al...
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Nihilist Arby's. Pretty funny stuff.
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Antinatalism is the position that procreation is wrong. Antinatalists are like childfree people, except that they also take a principled stance against all procreation, not just their own. Life entails suffering, and this suffering has no reason to exist.

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New entry: Richard Stallman, founder of GNU, and his bizarre “rebuttal” of the Asymmetry.
Richard Stallman is a prominent open software advocate who also writes on political issues. I was told that he had written a rebuttal to the Asymmetry, so naturally I was eager to read what Stallma…
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New entry: Feminist antinatalist arguments.
Although the connection between feminism and antinatalism has already been made (more notably in L’Art de Guillotiner les Procréateurs), it hasn’t really been explored in much depth. I …
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New entry: Adam Wallace of WCR arguing against antinatalism.
WCR is an alt-right (which generally means the American equivalent of neo-nazis) blog which discusses white nationalist issues and an armchair pseudo-philosophy that promotes elitism and hierarchy.…
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Wow, I just found out about this "ideology" called bionatalism... Well, it's really just natalism. But they don't shy away from calling women immoral for not having children.
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"Bionatalism is a back to basics survival guide for Humanity. Human birth rate is dropping fast due to human hedonism and individualism, effective birth control and anti-STD drugs and anti-natalist ideologies like ChildFree, MGTOW, Zeta male ideologies. If the decline of birth rates is not stopped, Humanity will cease to exist."

Great, I get lumped in with MGTOWs?? Fuuuuuuuuck
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New entry: Alonzo Fyfe is misguided about population ethics…
I have previously written an entry against Alonzo Fyfe on the subject of meta-ethics, where he completely butchered the idea that evolution motivates morality and confused it with some form of adap…
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"People who come into existence are not harmed by their coming into existence. Rather, the existence of people or other conscious beings is a prerequisite for there to be harm. I would even admit that some people lead good lives. Nonetheless I am an anti-natalist, and I do recommend to reverse any pro-natal decision on the grounds that many people will suffer unspeakably even though all parents might have only good intentions regarding their offspring: The pleasure parents derive from having children and the bliss some people experience in life are inextricably interwoven with the pain countless other people (and non-human sentient beings) experience. Let me clarify this with respect to the institution of the slaughterhouse: The pleasure most people derive from eating meat is inextricably interwoven with intense suffering on the part of the animals that are raised and slaughtered. The animals’ suffering is not compensated for by the fun most people experience when they eat meat. Pointing to some animals that have decent lives and are killed painlessly is to no avail. In a similar manner, the joy that a considerable number of people experience in their lives is built upon an ocean of suffering. As every procreation implies a lottery (genetically and socially) and as history has revealed to us what man is capable of doing to his counterpart, any decision to procreate should be reversed. – While there is no such reason to reverse a decision not to procreate regarding those few who would presumably lead decent lives and die pain- and fearlessly."
(Prague 2010). Historically informed anti-natalism. History has laid down for all to see the good things and the bad things which people can enjoy and must endure and the atrocities which some people can administer to many others. Presumably, most of the good and bad things will not disappear if ...
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New entry: Antinatalism as reductio ad absurdum.
To say that antinatalism is a weird position would be an understatement for most people. Actually, to most people antinatalism is so utterly bizarre that they can’t possibly imagine themselve…
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New entry: The selfishness of being against suicide.
I watched the excellent movie The Sea Inside, about the real story of a paraplegic man, Ramón Sampedro, who fought 28 years for the right to assisted suicide. There is no doubt who the director thi...
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MOYERS: What about the subject you've written so much about - the population explosion? Right now, the population of the globe is over five billion. You've warned us about what will happen if it continues at its two percent growth rate per year.

ASIMOV: Actually, the growth rate is down to one-point-six percent, but with the higher population, it's the same amount in actual numbers: eighty million a year. By the year 2000, it's going to be perhaps six-point-five billion.

MOYERS: That's just twelve years from now. How many people do you think the earth is able to sustain?

ASIMOV: I don't think it's able to sustain the five billion in the long run. Right now most of the world is living under appalling conditions. We can't possibly improve the conditions of everyone. We can't raise the entire world to the average standard of living in the United States because we don't have the resources and the ability to distribute well enough for that. So right now as it is, we have condemned most of the world to a miserable, starvation level of existence. And it will just get worse as the population continues to go up.

MOYERS: But you can't just say to a woman, "Don't have children."

ASIMOV: That's not the problem; it's that so many people are saying, "Have children." There is such a pro-natalist attitude in the world. We celebrate Mother's Day so enthusiastically, we say, "May all your troubles be little ones," we celebrate additional children. I feel sometimes that if we'd only stop pushing for children, somehow there would be fewer of them.

MOYERS: Why did you say that the price of survival is the equality of women?

ASIMOV: Because if women are allowed to enter into all facets of the human condition, if they can enter business, if they can enter religion, science, government on an equal basis with men, they will be so busy they won't feel it necessary to have a great many children. As long as you have women under conditions where they don't feel any sense of value or self-worth except as mothers, they'll have a lot of children because that's the only way they can prove they're worth something. In general, if you look through the world, the lower the status of women, the higher the birth rate, and the higher the birth rate, the lower the status of women. If you could raise the status of women, I am certain the birth rate would fall drastically through the choice of the women themselves. We're always saying that there's no fulfillment like having children, but I notice mostly it's men who say that. You know, men get along without giving birth to children. They do that by finding other things to do. If women could find other things to do, too, they would have fewer children.
MOYERS: You've written three hundred and ninety-one books, you read about everything from supernovas to the invention of hay, you have no researchers or clerical help, you do your own filing, your own phoning. When I called to ask you about this interview, you answered the phone yourself.
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Excellent. I read a few of Asimov's books and stories decades ago but did not know his views on this subject. Thanks.
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New entry: Moral nihilism is an argument from ignorance.
There's a lot of different positions on ethics. That is true of any other area of knowledge. But unlike those other areas, there are a lot of people who dispute whether ethics actually exists. A lo...
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