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    I love graphs like this: pithy, accurate, and clear

    Pithy (Definition: Precisely meaningful; forceful and brief) is a great word. This graph is indeed pithy. One single curve detailing population growth through human history, it rose off the plains into something higher than the rocky mountains just in 500 years. Note the plateau at 2100. I presume that that is the maximum capacity of the earth for population, reaching a number of 10-11 billion.

    It is accurate.

    It is clear.

    Wise.

    http://www.docstoc.com/docs/304859/W...hrough-History
    Last edited by Wise Young; 02-02-2008 at 04:12 AM.

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    So maybe war, plague, and death aren't so bad after all...

    unless I get my pilots license

    We've gotta reverse this thing pronto!
    And you get paid to have kids in Russia... whoa!

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    maybe God needs another flood.
    oh well

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    Or, maybe Steven Hawking is right. We need to find a way to move out into the Galaxy and colonize other planets.

    Most people like me have known this for many years now. I believe it's inevitable. Can we do it by 2100? Very doubtful.

    In the meantime, we do need to find better ways to increase efficiency and output here on Earth. I think we can sustain a much larger population, but it won't be easy, or cheap. We need to find better ways to produce and distribute the necessities of life. To me, that doesn't mean socialism or today's version of capitalism. Were are going to have to get more creative than that. Our present ideas of those two archaic systems just won't cut-it.

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    Over population is a self-correcting problem.
    Foolish

    "We have met the enemy and he is us."-POGO.

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    Ala, Foolish, why not use positive/negative sanctions to limit births - so reduce the load of humanity on the earths biospherical* resources to something less alarming in a few generations?

    *Vocabulary word for today.
    "The world will not perish for want of wonders but for want of wonder."
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    Quote Originally Posted by kenf
    maybe God needs another flood.
    Kenf, kinda a deadheaded solution. isn't it? When are we going to lift the pall of superstition, traditional and otherwise?
    "The world will not perish for want of wonders but for want of wonder."
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    The world population more than doubled during my lifetime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Juke_spin
    Ala, Foolish, why not use positive/negative sanctions to limit births - so reduce the load of humanity on the earths biospherical* resources to something less alarming in a few generations?

    *Vocabulary word for today.
    While technically the word sanction is correct, it has too broad a meaning for me because that meaning also includes coercive or authoritarian measures for controlling procreation, or life. But yes, I agree some form of support or persuasion would be useful as long as it doesn’t threaten the sanctity of human life. People will certainly need to feel it is in their best interest to limit their family size. I think that is already happening in counties like ours and most of Europe.

    Good word of the day. Like the 'secret word' on Pee-wee's Play House.

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    Sooorrrry that "the establishment" has co-opted sanction from you general vocabulary. I did mean it in the more constrained sense you outline, though.


    Quote Originally Posted by ala
    While technically the word sanction is correct, it has too broad a meaning for me because that meaning also includes coercive or authoritarian measures for controlling procreation, or life. But yes, I agree some form of support or persuasion would be useful as long as it doesn’t threaten the sanctity of human life. People will certainly need to feel it is in their best interest to limit their family size. I think that is already happening in counties like ours and most of Europe.

    Good word of the day. Like the 'secret word' on Pee-wee's Play House.
    "The world will not perish for want of wonders but for want of wonder."
    J.B.S.Haldane

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