Book:In Search of Utopia

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Title:In Search of Utopia
Author:Lemuel Gulliver XVI (pseudonym)
Subjects:Health, Society and Social Sciences, Environment
Key words:overpopulation, climate change
Education Level:High Schools, Higher Education
License:Other
Description:The books involve the travels and discussions of Lemuel Gulliver XVI, a direct descendant of the famous explorer. Commander Gulliver was sent on a twenty year mission around the solar system to find a possible home for the world’s excess population. He found none. On returning to Earth he and his friends have visited several countries and discussed with state leaders and academics various questions of import for the world. He is telling of his experiences in a series of books that he has titled “. . .And Gulliver Returns . . . . . . . In Search of Utopia.”
     Commander Gulliver plans fourteen books. He has completed the first seven. His busy schedule allows him only a limited time to write.  That is why he has enlisted the prize winning Jacqueline Slow to assist him. They have asked me to assist with the editing. But their writing was so clear there wasn’t much editing to do. I did however insert sub-titles when it seemed appropriate. It seemed to me to help the you, the reader to keep focused when their discussions proceeded. Let me know if you like it or not.           

Book 1—Gulliver returns to earth in the year 2020, meets a TV newsman, invites him home where he discusses the issues of overpopulation and licensing parents as a way of reducing the population while decreasing societies problems caused by uncared for children. Preserving the Earth is fundamental before we can generate a utopia. Gulliver’s three friends arrive and they go to lunch to discuss their upcoming trip. Book 2—Are We Digging Our Ecological Grave?—It is evident to most, except for a certain American president, that the ecological problems of scarcity and excesses are caused by an excess of population. Scarcities, such as fresh water and other natural resources, and excesses, like greenhouse gasses and waste, are the direct result of too many people’s babies scampering around the temperate zones.

      Problems of overpopulation are discussed in the book, especially global warming and the lack of fresh water. Some solutions are included. The commander realizes that everyone knows quite a bit about ecological problems. Solving these problems are the reason for his trip and for his passion for reducing the world’s population. He thinks that in this chapter he has addressed some facts and insights that most people hadn’t thought of.   

Book 3—A Visit to Kino, a former Chinese province, finds a modern atheistic city which is highly technological, specializing in developing solar power and nanotechnology for desalinization. Kino has licenses for parents. Various requirements are discussed. Book 4—How We Are Motivated by Our Values. Here Gulliver and his friends meet a philosophy professor from Kino University. The discussions are on the sources of values—understanding how people make decisions is essential to making the choices for survival. The discussion begins with understanding non-provable basic assumptions from self-centered, God based and society based points of view. They look at reasons for self-centered ethics, the various types of assumptions from several religions, then some society based assumptions. Then they discuss sources of evidence, such as empirical, historical, reason, and evidence from some authority—like scriptures. Various concepts of a supernatural, as well as agnosticism and atheism, are discussed. The people then look at a number of ethical questions (such as: abortion, torture, euthanasia, pornography, licensing parents, homosexuality, war, killing, etc) and show how an action can be moral or immoral from each type of basic assumption depending on the type of evidence used. Book 5—A Visit to Singaling. This is an island nation near Singapore. This country first used Singapore’s one child model but then licensed parents. Their license requirements are not the same as Kino’s. The Singaling society has developed a number of innovations to protect themselves from such things as illegal immigration and gender inequalities. Book 6—Our Psychological Motivations. With a psychologist from the university they discuss psychological motivations such as sex and power—and more. With the combination of values and psychological needs and drives we have a good idea of why people behave as they do, and perhaps how to manipulate their behavior. Such understandings might make it more possible to clarify to the populace the dire straits of their planet and its various societies. Book 7—A Visit to Indus. Indus is on the Indian sub-continent. It is a developing nation with a population problem. However the societal leaders realize that when former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi attempted to limit every family to two children in the 1960s she was voted out of office. They therefore have no laws on limiting parenting. So how can the people be manipulated to accept smaller families? This book should be finished in late 2008.

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The series deals primarily with the problem of overpopulation{ Book 1--The problem explained Book 2 Climate change and the need for fresh water Book 3 Science fictional discussion of some of societies' problems--emphasizing China Book 4 Human values--suitable for a text on ethics Book 5 Science fictional discussion of societal problems--emphasizing Singapore Book 6 On human motivations is a brief survey of possible motivating forces Book 7 A science fictional account of primitive societal problems--emphasizing India