Learning what Win-Win Really Means from China

February 12, 2011


Living With Evolution or Dying Without It by K. D. Koratsky
Publisher: Sunscape Books
ISBN: 978-0-9826546-0-6
Reviewed by Lloyd Lofthouse

Koratsky’s book is a heavily researched, scholarly work that gathers what science has discovered since Darwin’s discoveries and fills in the gaps explaining why evolution has something to teach us if humanity is to survive.

The other choice is humanity going the way of the dinosaurs into extinction.

I started reading in early 2010 and took months to finish the 580 pages. The Flesch-Kincaid Readability level would probably show this book to be at a university graduate level leaving at last 90% of the population lost as to the importance of its message.

For months, it bothered me that so many in the United States do not have the literacy skills to understand an important work such as this (the average reader in the US reads at fifth grade level and millions are illiterate). This is certainly not a good foundation to learn how precarious life is if you do not understand how brutal the earth’s environment and evolution has been for billions of years.

As I finished reading Living With Evolution or Dying Without It, I realized that it would only take a few key people in positions of power to understand the warnings offered by Koratsky and bring about the needed changes in one or more countries so humanity would survive somewhere on the planet when the next great challenge to life arises.

On page one, Koratsky starts 13.7 billion years ago with the big bang then in a few pages ten billion years later, he introduces the reader to how certain bacteria discovered a new way to access the energy required to sustain an existence.

By the time we reach humanity’s first religion on page 157, we have discovered what caused so many species to die out and gained a better understanding of what survival of the fittest means.

To survive means adapting to environmental challenges no matter if they are delivered by the impact of a monster asteroid to the earth’s surface, global warming (no matter what the reason) or by competition with other cultures or animals competing for the earth’s resources.

In fact, competition is vital to the survival of a species for it is only through competition that a species will adapt to survive.

The book is divided into two parts.  The first 349 pages deals with where we have been and what we have learned, and the two hundred and eleven pages in Part Two deals with current ideas and policies from an evolutionary perspective.

I suspect that most devout Christians and Muslims would dismiss the warnings in this book out-of-hand since these people have invested their beliefs and the survival of humanity in books written millennia ago when humanity knew little to nothing about the laws of evolution and how important competition is to survival.

Koratsky is optimistic that the United States will eventually turn away from the political agenda of “Cultural Relativism” that has guided America since the 1960s toward total failure as a culture.

The popular term for “Cultural Relativism” in the US would be “Political Correctness”, which has spawned movements such as race-based quotas and entitlement programs that reward failure and punish success

Even America’s self-esteem movement is an example of “Cultural Relativism”, which encourages children to have fun and praises poor performance until it is impossible to recognize real success.

The current debate started by Amy Chua’s essay in The Wall Street Journal is another example of “Cultural Relativism” at work.

After reading Living with Evolution or Dying Without It, it is clear that Amy Chua’s Tiger Mother Methods of parenting are correct while the soft approach practiced by the average US parent is wrong and will lead to more failure than success.

Koratsky shows us that the key to survival for America is to severely curtail and eventually end most US entitlement programs. While “Cultural Relativism” is ending, competition that rewards merit at all levels of the culture (private and government) must be reinstituted.

He points out near the end of the book that this has been happening in China and is the reason for that country’s amazing growth and success the last thirty years.

In the 1980s, merit was reinstituted at the bottom and most who prosper in China today earned the right to be rewarded for success by being more competitive and adapting. Even China’s state owned industries were required to become profitable or perish.

The earth’s environment does not care about equality or the relativists’ belief that everyone has a right to happiness even if society must rob from the rich and give to the poor.

This book covers the evolution of the universe, the planet, all life on the planet including the reasons why most life that lived on the earth for hundreds of millions of years before humanity is now gone; the beginnings of the human species; religion in all of its costumes; the growth of civilizations and the competitions that led to the destruction and collapse of so many such as the Roman Empire and the Han Dynasty two millennia ago.

The environment and evolution says that all life on the planet is not equal and no one is born with a guaranteed right to success, happiness and fun. To survive means earning the right through competition and adaption.

If you don’t believe Koratsky’s warning, go talk to the dinosaurs and ask them why they are gone.

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Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of the concubine saga, My Splendid Concubine & Our Hart. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too.

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Surviving Extinction

December 11, 2010

In a conversation (through comments) of Saving Siberian Tigers in Northeast China, I wrote that the tiger poachers, if caught, should be castrated and given a second chance at life then executed if they hunted tigers again.

The individual I was having this conversation with said that castration followed by a death sentences was a bit harsh and he or she was right. 

It is harsh.

However, my response, which follows, shows why such harshness may be necessary for humanity to survive its own extinction.

You are correct to sense my anger over the slaughter of animal species by humans.  It’s one thing for a species to go extinct due to environmental changes in the planet but for humans to slaughter senselessly as Americans did with the North American buffalo in the 19th century when expanding west toward the Pacific was wrong in so many ways.

What explains the 19th century people who sat in trains shooting through open windows at the buffalo to see how many they could kill?

The closest example I can think of is World War II in China when Japanese army officers would have beheading contests to see how many innocent Chinese noncombatant citizens could be beheaded in a given time span.

There are terms for people like this:  sociopaths, narcissists, self-centered, and “A” type personalities such as Hitler.   Humanity would be better off to rid individuals like this from the gene pool, which is why I have no problem with China’s death sentences and execution rate.

I’m reading a book, Living With Evolution or Dying Without It.  Before writing the book, the author, K. D. Koratsky spent most of his life studying all aspects of evolution—not just the evolution of species but culture, civilizations, religions, etc.

In one section, he pointed out that cultures that executed dangerous criminal types with behavior that threatened the stability of the culture such as what happened in 2008 with the global economic crises caused by Wall Street and US banks, tended to be stable and survive for much longer period of time than cultures that were too lenient on such people such as the US is today.

If the men depicted in the Inside Job documentary had been Chinese citizens and had caused the 2008 global financial crises from China instead of the United States, the odds are good that they would all have been tried and convicted in a Chinese court and already have been executed for the 64 trillion US dollars in global losses and millions of jobs that vanished.

Instead, in the US, there hasn’t been an investigation and most of the men who brought the world this crises are still working in the industry doing business the way they did before the 2008 financial crises hit.

In America, repeat child molesters are allowed to go free after prison sentences and are often chemically castrated yet have managed to molest again and then are sent back for another prison sentence with another parole in the future. 

This is insanity.

I was actually going easy on the tiger poachers when I suggested castration and a chance to live.  People like that should be tortured then executed to send a strong message.

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Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of the concubine saga, My Splendid Concubine & Our Hart. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too.

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Escaping the Trap that Comes With the Evolution of Civilization – Part 5/5

October 10, 2010

Guest Post by K. D. Koratsky – Originally published at Living With Evolution. Due to its academic nature, this version has been edited, revised and serialized with permission from the author.

It is through this evolutionary lens, therefore, that the current trends in the West and the East were quite predictable.

For while China had largely embraced flawed socialistic ideas and enacted dysfunctional policies that were counter to evolutionary performance benchmarks, which in turn led to their performance stagnation, America enjoyed a meteoric rise in status by embracing the enlightenment ideals of constitutional democratic republicanism and free-market capitalism that are remarkably well supported by evolutionary principles.

And now, as the West has increasingly allowed a particularly virulent strain of socialistic cultural mutations to set in, reflecting the degree of its previous rise, the degradation in performance has been just as spectacular, leading to what may prove to be the most-rapid regression to the mean for an empire ever recorded.

Meanwhile, it is the East that has increasingly embraced the Enlightenment ideals that led to the rise of the West while the latter simultaneously abandons them.

Rejecting Regress

 

It is with all this in mind, therefore, that we know the regression to the mean can be overcome at every level of human existence.

Indeed, all one must do is, first, accept that the level of adherence to evolutionary principles will dictate success or failure, and second, fashion all policies around the ideas that stem from this acceptance.

The result will not only be greatest possible level of continued prosperity and survivability for any given individual or group that embraces evolutionary ideals, but the greatest possible level of prosperity and survivability for the human species as a whole.

Return to Escaping the Trap – Part 4

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K. D. Koratsky is the author of Living With Evolution or Dying Without it: A Guide to Understanding Humanity’s Past, Present and Future. Koratsky also writes a Blog on this subject at Living With Evolution.

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Escaping the Trap that Comes With the Evolution of Civilization – Part 4/5

October 9, 2010

Guest Post by K. D. Koratsky – Originally published at Living With Evolution. Due to its academic nature, this version has been edited, revised and serialized with permission from the author.

Societal Regress

 

What happens in families after one successful generation often leads to a collapse over several generations meaning that what was achieved is lost and hardship returns.

This occurs generally for societies and empires too.

This is what is happening in America today.

As nations rise in rank by performing at a very high standard, the wealth and opportunity created by previous generation(s) is increasingly taken for granted.

Then a false sense of situational permanence, entitlement and invincibility set in. We see this happening in America with the self-esteem generation.

And correspondingly, dysfunctional decision-making and cultural mutations increase to the degree that a population begins to perceive itself as impervious to surrounding threats, assuming such threats are acknowledged at all.

The result is that ideas without regard for functionality and adaptivity lead to policies that at best lack functionality and adaptivity and at worse produce entirely self-destructive trends—noting policies that even allow the competition to gain an edge will almost certainly prove self-destructive somewhere down the line, likely when the next time of scarcity comes along.

Return to Escaping the Trap – Part 3 or go to Escaping the Trap – Part 5

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K. D. Koratsky is the author of Living With Evolution or Dying Without it: A Guide to Understanding Humanity’s Past, Present and Future. Koratsky also writes a Blog on this subject at Living With Evolution.

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Escaping the Trap that Comes With the Evolution of Civilization – Part 3/5

October 9, 2010

Guest Post by K. D. Koratsky – Originally published at Living With Evolution. Due to its academic nature, this version has been edited, revised and serialized with permission from the author.

What we see within human populations is that those who rise in status through skill and industriousness, whether in good times or bad, will tend to have an increasingly easier time of it than the competition.

Indeed, the higher one’s status—and the greater one’s access to resources and protection from threats of all kinds—the easier life becomes.

However, this is when dysfunctional mutations increase, as there is little or no culling force to keep them from doing so.

Indeed, unlike the deliberate pace at which this can be expected to occur for nonhuman species that are much more or entirely dependent on genetic modification for adaptation, humans are able to modify their behavior more rapidly via decision-making and cultural behavioral modification—for better or worse.

Therefore, it is typical within a family that a highly successful generation may not keep up the same high behavioral standards that led to success.

Whatever the case, those in the next generation will almost certainly have an easier time of it than their parents, and are less likely, on average, to develop the same levels of talent, motivation to succeed and drive that their parents had.

For this reason, it is rare for highly successful parents to produce offspring that perform at the same level, let alone at a higher one.

In fact, this second generation tends to more or less keep the momentum created by their parents going. By the time the third generation rolls around, the performance ethic of the first generation will have suffered a second round of deterioration.

By the fourth generation it is common for the regression to be complete.

Return to Escaping the Trap – Part 2 or go to Escaping the Trap – Part 4

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K. D. Koratsky is the author of Living With Evolution or Dying Without it: A Guide to Understanding Humanity’s Past, Present and Future. Koratsky also writes a Blog on this subject at Living With Evolution.

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Escaping the Trap that Comes With the Evolution of Civilization – Part 2/5

October 9, 2010

Guest Post by K. D. Koratsky – Originally published at Living With Evolution. Due to its academic nature, this version has been edited, revised and serialized with permission from the author. 

The way individuals or civilizations compete for survival differs due to the circumstances.

Taking the tough times first, it isn’t difficult to see that when resources are short and aggression is intense, only those with the very best economic and combat skills, on average, will avoid extinction within any given niche.

In short, there will be strong selection pressure against all characteristics that lack a high degree of functionality and/or adaptivity.


America: The Coming Collapse? You Decide!

This pattern is illustrated by human history and within the fossil record at large.

In contrast, we also find that good times produce the opposite effect.

That is, instead of there being strong selection pressure for only the most functional and adaptive of characteristics to survive when resources are plentiful and are increasing rapidly, those who are not skilled economically (work or business) or in combat  may well be able to still make a living.

Hence, it is in good times that we can expect to see an increase of nonfunctional and even dysfunctional mutations in humanity that would typically be trimmed away with normal rates of evolutionary attrition.

Return to Escaping the Trap – Part 1 or go to Escaping the Trap – Part 3

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K. D. Koratsky is the author of Living With Evolution or Dying Without it: A Guide to Understanding Humanity’s Past, Present and Future. Koratsky also writes a Blog on this subject at Living With Evolution.

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Escaping the Trap that Comes With the Evolution of Civilization – Part 1/5

October 8, 2010

Guest Post by K. D. Koratsky – Originally published at Living With Evolution. Due to its academic nature, this version has been edited, revised and serialized with permission from the author.

 

 

Study enough history and you will see that even the greatest, most powerful civilizations vanished. One example are the Mayans.

The Aztecs, Incas, Romans, Greeks, Persians and Egyptian civilizations all came to an end, so will the powerful empires of today.

In fact, the America empire specifically and the West generally have been in an unmistakable state of decline over the last several decades.

Meanwhile, China specifically and the East generally have risen over the same period.

In fact, Chinese civilization has collapsed and been reborn several times.  The earliest known dynasty, the Xia (2205 to 1783 B.C.), survived for more than 400 years before collapsing.

Today, We appear to be witnessing the latest examples of empires rising and falling in inevitable fashion according to some immutable law.

However, while there is indeed a tendency for empires to fall once they have arisen, this tendency can be overcome.

Repetitive Regress

Generally speaking, the falls of empires typify a regression to the mean that is the standard not only for empires, but for human families, individuals, and even nonhuman species as well.

This phenomenon is a natural outgrowth of greater evolutionary dynamics.

To understand why, we must examine the way cycles of good times and bad affect species and those within them as all compete for survival.

Go to Escaping the Trap – Part 2

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K. D. Koratsky is the author of Living With Evolution or Dying Without it: A Guide to Understanding Humanity’s Past, Present and Future. Koratsky also writes a Blog on this subject at Living With Evolution.

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