What are the worst problems in the world?

What are the worst problems in the world?
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Posted Jul 23, 2010 - 5:31 PM:
Subject: What are the worst problems in the world?
1.) Choose the 3 worst problems the world faces today from the list below (or add your own ideas to the list) and number them 1, 2, 3 :

- Abortion
- Aging (senescence)
- Animal testing
- Bad or inadequate parenting
- Cancer
- Capitalism
- Corruption
- Crime
- Destruction of biodiversity
- Dirty water and poor sanitation
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Economic problems
- Environmental pollution
- Factory farming
- Hedonic treadmill
- Inequality
- Infectious diseases
- Involuntary death
- Isolation or alienation via technology
- Genocide
- Global warming
- Globalization
- Human rights violations
- Hunger and malnutrition
- Killing animals for food
- Lack of critical thinking
- Lack of democracy
- Lack of education
- Lack of empathic concern
- Lack of freedom of press
- Mental disorders
- Natural disasters
- Nuclear weapons
- Overfishing
- Overpopulation
- Pandemics (flu and others)
- Peak oil
- Political oppression
- Predation (in the wild)
- Protectionism (economics)
- Poverty
- Racism
- Religion (in general, or specific religions)
- Scarce resources
- Slavery
- Stress
- Terrorism
- Unhealthy lifestyles
- War
- Water shortage

2.) Give your 3 choices and state why you put them in that order.

Edited by Littleleaf on Jul 24, 2010 - 7:10 PM. Reason: minor corrections
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Posted Jul 23, 2010 - 5:44 PM:

1. Me.
2. Me.
3. Me.

All the rest can be easily tackled with a change of consciousness, such that we can cooperate.
On Nov 5, 2012 - 4:23 AM, SittinWSocratesTiff responded: You took the first three options I was going to put up! Change starts with changing ourselves first.
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Posted Jul 23, 2010 - 5:58 PM:

I would say the worst problems of the world are the ones that have the most negative impact on the largest number of people in the shortest span of history. I would include poverty, overpopulation and global warming. Additional choices are pandemics, capitalism, and destruction of biodiversity. The other choices are less likely to contribute to our extinction as a species.

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Posted Jul 23, 2010 - 7:26 PM:

transfinite wrote:
I would say the worst problems of the world are the ones that have the most negative impact on the largest number of people in the shortest span of history.


I would agree with that definition, except that I would include non-human animals as well as people. So my top candidates would be:

1) Factory farming

Each year, in the United States alone, 10 billion land animals are raised and killed for meat, eggs, and milk, and the overwhelming majority are raised in factory farms, where their welfare suffers immensely as factory farm profit outweighs their well-being. Similarly, aquaculture has been said to cause great suffering in farmed fish, though whether fish are indeed conscious is still debated.
(For details, see www.hsus.org/farm/resources...fare/welfare_overview.html.)

In my view, factory farming is by far the worst problem in the world because of its unparalleled scale and the harm that is causes to animals over the course of their lives. Imagine, for example, if a race of super intelligent aliens came to earth and raised us all for food in inhumane conditions...

2) Poverty

Over one billion people are extremely poor. Many suffer and die from hunger and preventable diseases.
(For statistics, see http://www.childinfo.org/mortality.html.)

3) Aging (senescence)

Two thirds of all deaths are age-related. Age-associated diseases and disabilities often reduce the quality of life in the last years of life.
(For statistics, see www.fic.nih.gov/news/fogart...y/2006/dcpp_lancet_367.pdf.)

Edited by Littleleaf on Jul 24, 2010 - 6:26 AM. Reason: Links and other changes
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Posted Jul 23, 2010 - 8:55 PM:

The worst problem in the world is the human race. Such a shame though, we could have done wonderful things if we had worked together.
On Nov 5, 2012 - 4:24 AM, SittinWSocratesTiff responded: We need to work together SIR2U, it is the only way.
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Posted Jul 23, 2010 - 10:06 PM:

Littleleaf wrote:
- Peek oil


"Peek oil"? Is there a problem with liquid voyeurism?

By "problem", I guess you mean a "problem" for the majority of humans. The planet itself doesn't care one way or the other.

I would put 1) Overpopulation, (it covers about a dozen of the other problems), 2) Peak Oil, (but only because you failed to mention the many non-renewable resources), and 3) Pandemics, (since you didn't mention asteroid impact), although it, like nearly every other problem can be solved, adapted or recovered from.
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Posted Jul 23, 2010 - 11:35 PM:
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SIR2U wrote:
The worst problem in the world is the human race. Such a shame though, we could have done wonderful things if we had worked together.




Do you mean that the opportunity for cooperation and the doing of wonderful things is gone?
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Posted Jul 23, 2010 - 11:58 PM:

Hello.

The worst problem in the world is Humans. We are innately destructive although I am sure in our pedestrian way, we mean well.

I consider the second largest problem to be inadequate parenting, but then, that implies some superiority on my part, and then the need for `some strong measure of control, which violates my Minarchist Libertarian stance (although at times I can be caught arguing for Eugenics)
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Posted Jul 24, 2010 - 4:58 AM:

unenlightened wrote:

1. Me.
2. Me.
3. Me.

All the rest can be easily tackled with a change of consciousness, such that we can cooperate.


SIR2U wrote:

The worst problem in the world is the human race. Such a shame though, we could have done wonderful things if we had worked together.


vincubus wrote:

The worst problem in the world is Humans. We are innately destructive although I am sure in our pedestrian way, we mean well.


All, I agree that lack of cooperation is a huge problem. We must reinforce those behavioral patterns that lead to cooperation rather than competition. Ways to solve this problem would include making people more dependent on each other (e.g. globalization), improving parenting, and genetically modifying humans to favor cooperative traits. Note, however, that cooperation alone can lead to bad results (see Milgram experiment), so we also need to enhance our empathetic concern for others.
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