The hottest Substack posts of Nothing Human is Alien

And their main takeaways
39 implied HN points β€’ 05 Feb 24
  1. The technology to select genetic traits in embryos is becoming more advanced and accessible, with possibilities ranging from preventing diseases to enhancing traits like intelligence and happiness.
  2. Genetic selection through technologies like Preimplantation Genetic Testing (PGT) raises ethical concerns due to its potential to create a two-tiered society and impact the essence of humanity.
  3. Although genetic selection technology poses risks, it also holds the promise of eradicating diseases, promoting happier individuals, and potentially enhancing cognitive abilities to unprecedented levels.
39 implied HN points β€’ 12 Jan 24
  1. Global fertility rates are declining worldwide, even in wealthy countries, presenting a significant demographic challenge.
  2. There is a relationship between wealth and fertility, with higher incomes generally correlating with lower birth rates.
  3. Proposed solutions to the fertility crisis include policies like universal childcare and paid parental leave, while the issue remains complex and multifaceted.
2 HN points β€’ 13 Feb 24
  1. Global fertility rates are rapidly declining across various regions of the world, indicating a potential crisis affecting human populations worldwide.
  2. Evidence suggests that environmental pollutants, particularly xenoestrogens, may be disrupting human and animal hormonal systems and contributing to fertility issues.
  3. Studies show a concerning decline in male testosterone levels and sperm counts, alongside instances of animals experiencing hormonal disturbances due to pollutants like atrazine and plastics.
0 implied HN points β€’ 09 Sep 22
  1. The Foreign Buyer Tax in British Columbia has seen a decline in foreign-involved transactions over time
  2. The tax potentially impacted foreign demand for real estate and foreign money in the market
  3. Immigration's role in the housing market complexity is debated due to factors like birth rates and housing spending preferences of immigrants
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0 implied HN points β€’ 28 Aug 22
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0 implied HN points β€’ 20 Oct 22
  1. Classical Liberals value capitalism, democracy, civil liberties, and free trade, while expressing concern about elites not keeping society as free as it should be.
  2. The New Right is more focused on political power, coercion, and cultural issues, with skepticism towards elites and a darker view of their impact on society.
  3. There is a complexity in the New Right movement where they are fueled by populism but their intellectual core is anti-democratic and elitist, sometimes admiring the liberal elite they oppose.