Iaian Vernier's Memoir
Chapter 24. Human Sexuality
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Never before in human history has human sexuality been so divorced from procreation on a worldwide scale. The past one hundred plus years of population reduction have given us a breath of peace and a sense of future reconstruction. We are still far from the goal of the Congress, which I hear is ever-more committed to a global population level, given our resource and economic capabilities, to a figure of fewer than 2 billion humans, closer to 1.5 billion. And this voluntary decision by the human race is completely at odds, seemingly, with the those dark days of war, terror, disease, draught, cold, social chaos, which catapulted humanity down towards the figure where we now are, some 3 billion plus folks in 2284.
Now admittedly, we have in the past century or so, with the aid of an increasingly disciplined population ever more in cognitive control of their aspirations removed about a billion humans from the rolls, through birth control, rarely through sexual abstinence. And this is that great puzzle, outlined in brief in my chapter on a world without war. Humans of high intelligence have developed a cortex that can interdict the limbic throbbings for physical aggression or random sexual relief—here, the result of conscious cognitive decisions.
← 167 | 168 →Is there an animal that can deny the drive to procreate? Is there another animal that can consciously decide to post-natally kill their own healthy child? This should tell all traditional zealots, that there is...
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