I given this much room to my physician-correspondentbecause their remarks had been echoed

Point c) is anon sequitur worthy of this good physician’s commentsabout Russian roulette; it confers no advantages on theneighbors and so is totally off-topic.

By a number of other people whoexpressed concern that naive visitors would misunderstand theargument therefore completely which they’d all become highlypromiscuous Maxwells and fundamentally extinguish the humanspecies. A couple of also urged us to publish a retraction forprecisely that reason. This means that, they argued thatideas should really be suppressed because someone mightmisunderstand them. That is a situation with a lengthy and sordidhistory of which I would instead perhaps not be a component.

Here are a few more concerns that came up frequently enough tomake it well worth recording the responses:

Matter 1: You say that much more promiscuitywould lead to less AIDS. If it were real, would it not notfollow that the increase that is enormous promiscuity could defeatthe infection completely? And it is that conclusion notmanifestly absurd?

Response: The « summary » is definitely manifestlyabsurd, however it is maybe not really a conclusion that is legitimate. Large changesand little modifications do not will have similar effects. Ibelieve that if We consumed a little less, i might live a bitlonger. But i actually do perhaps maybe not think that if we stopped eatingentirely, I would personally live forever.

Concern 2: when you look at the terms of just one reader, « a spoonfulof promiscuity will just slow the illness; self-restraint can stop it.  » In view of the, is itnot reckless to tout the merits of promiscuity withoutalso emphasizing the merits of self-restraint?

Response: this will be like arguing that traffic lights canonly reduce steadily the range automobile accidents, whilebanning automobiles can stop automobile accidents; consequently, itwould be reckless to tout the merits of traffic lights.

The situation with such thinking is the fact that banning automobiles, likebanning sex outside of longterm relationships, is neitherrealistic nor demonstrably desirable—it’s not likely to take place, and if it did take place, we would oftimes be less delighted, despitethe attendant reduction in mortality.

The point is, everybody currently understands that a perfectlymonogamous culture would not need an AIDS issue. Iprefer to create about items that are both surprising and true. As a author, we dare to hope that there arereaders who will be really enthusiastic about learning something.

Concern 3: Okay, you can find advantageous assets to increasedpromiscuity. But there also can advantages to increasedchastity. Is not it inconsistent to subsidize one withoutsubsidizing one other?

Response: No, while there is a crucial differencebetween the 2 types of advantage. Some great benefits of yourpromiscuity head to other people; the advantages of your chastity get toyou. Hence you have enough incentives from the pro-chastity part.

Matter 4: did you not keep some things out thatmight beimportant?

Response: Definitely. To begin with, a big change in humanbehaviorcould trigger a rush of evolution regarding the area of the virus. We question thatconsideration is essential in this context (though it’ssurely importantin others), but possibly i am incorrect. For the next, at the least onereadercontended that slight increases in promiscuity are impossiblebecause they trigger social changes that cause largeincreases in promiscuity. I question which he’s right, but i cannot prove he’swrong.

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