Quote Originally Posted by Frozen_Feet View Post
Third, population density is not rigidly set at a genetic level. That is why animal populations can grow dramatically if given a new environment. Again, invasive ant species are a perfect example.
The phrase was, "wilfully increase population density". Once again, it comes down to fetishising the emergent properly of "awareness" - we still can't define it, but let that not stop us from insisting that anything done by a creature that has this attribute is qualitatively different from the same act performed by a mere natural creature.

Anything done by a species "wilfully" is, itself, evidence of "will". A creature that is, a priori, not aware, may do just the same thing, but in their case it's merely evidence of - I dunno, genetic determinism or something.

It's a perfect circle, unbreakable and utterly meaningless.