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  • Enhancement

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  • Equalization

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  • It depends.

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  • It depends, but I lean toward Enhancement

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  • It depends, but I lean toward Equalization

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    Quote Originally Posted by JustDave View Post
    On second thought, is balance a natural thing? I'm assuming it is but am not sure. What do you think?
    I'm not altogether sure, to be entirely frank. The parameters of "natural" are exceedingly vague. Regardless, I think it all depends on the individual and on the circumstances. I assume that in some cases, a strive for balance is considered to be a natural drive or impulse, where in others, the drive for enhancement of pre-existing skill and behavioral sets would be considered so.

    In other words, it could go either way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Merkw View Post
    I'm not altogether sure, to be entirely frank. The parameters of "natural" are exceedingly vague. Regardless, I think it all depends on the individual and on the circumstances. I assume that in some cases, a strive for balance is considered to be a natural drive or impulse, where in others, the drive for enhancement of pre-existing skill and behavioral sets would be considered so.

    In other words, it could go either way.
    Don't shoot me.

    So since humans are natural whatever we do must be naturally must be natural?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JustDave View Post
    Don't shoot me.

    So since humans are natural whatever we do must be naturally must be natural?
    Yes, you could say that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic Poriferan View Post
    Yes, you could say that.
    Opps, quick edit: So since humans are natural whatever we do naturally must be natural?

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    A point of discussion.

    Evolution favors specialists. The environment is comprised of lifeforms that have learned how to dominate niches. Jacks of all trades have failed.
    Often, many specialists fail too, and become dead-ends on the evolutionary tree, but they still have a higher chance of succeeding than generalists do.

    This is a reason I favor enhancement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic Poriferan View Post
    A point of discussion.

    Evolution favors specialists. The environment is comprised of lifeforms that have learned how to dominate niches. Jacks of all trades have failed.
    Often, many specialists fails too, and become dead-ends on the evolutionary tree, but they still have a higher chance of succeeding than generalists do.

    This is a reason I favor enhancement.
    That's as good a reason as any. The only thing I don't like about it is that I didn't think of it myself

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic Poriferan View Post
    Evolution favors specialists. The environment is comprised of lifeforms that have learned how to dominate niches. Jacks of all trades have failed.
    I was wondering about that... and I can't say I agree.

    I think evolution tries *everything*, and whatever works gets to flourish. In many cases it's specialists, but in many other cases it's generalists.

    Take diet for example. Nature runs the whole spectrum over that, from over-specialised species that eat only one or two food sources (koalas, great pandas...) to the omnivores who (as their name indicates) eat almost anything they can get their grubby appendages on. And as long as their environment remains in balance, both types flourish, though the specialists tend to flourish more than the generalists. But should an unbalance happen, the specialists can disappear in almost no time, while the generalists will often survive.

    So I guess that if evolution/Nature is to teach us anything, it's to choose a strategy and stick to it. Go for enhancement or equalisation, as you want, but be aware of the risks and advantages inherent to each strategy.

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    I think both are emportant with an emphasis on enhancement.

    One problem with ignoring equality though is that it is possible to be so ignorant of something that you do not recognize that you are ignorant. It is important to be aware of one's weaknesses, so one can avoid them or find a way to compensate for them. Overall though it is better to develop strengths.
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    Another reason why I am pro-enhancement is that I think these eccentricities are a part of our identity.

    The ideology of balance tells us that we must even out all of our traits until there is no longer an imbalance. Supposing everyone became perfectly even, would anyone be different?
    I think we sacrifice our identity in attempting to level our traits.
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    I don't see the value in making everyone equally mediocre. It's redundant.
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