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As Kevorkian's notoriety increases, he provokes polarizing public opinion. His supporters believe he is performing a public service and that the government has no right to interfere with the decisions of competent individuals who want to die. He insists that he gives his patients a means to end their suffering; they alone made the decision and initiated the process. He also claims to have turned down 97 or 98 percent of the people asking for his help. His critics, however, believe he is playing God. Conservative Oakland County prosecutor Richard Thompson believes Kevorkian is a murderer, but can't gain a conviction; he attributes his failures to Michigan's weak laws regarding assisted suicide and advocates stronger laws. In 1998, Thompson loses an election to a more liberal assistant prosecutor, David Gorcyca, who has no interest in wasting money (a major criticism of Thompson) prosecuting Jack Kevorkian as long as he only assists in suicides.
diversity, which is counter-evolutionary.
Isn't diversity the basis of new species?
Quote from: alancalverddiversity, which is counter-evolutionary.Isn't diversity the basis of new species?- In this case, we are talking about "cultural species", rather than the more biological genetic species..How we can have multiple cultural species coexisting in the same country or city is a challenge, which is where the tolerance for "diversity" comes in.- The government is likely to be less tolerant of diversity when it comes to paying taxes- Otherwise there will be a rapid and overwhelming evolutionary pressure for people to join the "no taxes" sect- Soon after which, the government bureaucracy and social infrastructure will crumble and chaos ensue...There is still opportunity for diversity between countries, eg:- High-taxing Scandinavian countries- Medium-taxing Australia & UK- Low tax USA- Near-zero tax in some Caribbean tax havens (but near-zero services, too)
Quote from: evan_au on 10/03/2023 21:12:57Isn't diversity the basis of new species?A new species may evolve to fill an ecological niche but we're talking here about cultural diversity within a single species, and it's pretty obvious that governments and industries do their best to minimise it.
Diversity can prevent common mode failures.
Quote from: hamdani yusuf on 17/04/2023 14:33:46Diversity can prevent common mode failures.Which is why I sometimes drive on the other side of the road. No chance of a rear-ender!
Quote from: alancalverd on 10/03/2023 16:35:44diversity, which is counter-evolutionary.Phase 1: We consider evolution to be the random process by which successive generations change. It is clear that one species or subspecies will evolve that dominates a finite ecological niche, which is why there are no more neanderthals or other hominid precursors.Phase 2: A successful species may explore related eco-niches and,if successful there, will tend to eradicate its competitors. Which is why homo sapiens is responsible for widespread loss of biodiversity.
Quote from: alancalverd on 10/03/2023 16:35:44diversity, which is counter-evolutionary.Phase 1: We consider evolution to be the random process by which successive generations change. It is clear that one species or subspecies will evolve that dominates a finite ecological niche, which is why there are no more neanderthals or other hominid precursors.