# Overpopulation

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What is the world going to do when we run out of land to develop? We can't artificially make land! Even if that was done, we would eventually lose the oceans, and die of Oxygen loss. Where can we live when the world reaches its limits and we lose our elbow room? The single family homes will be replaced with towering skyscrapers to house all of the newly needed families. Eventually, we will exhaust all of our natural resources, meaning no more plastic, no more new cars, no more houses, buisness, maybe energy, what else could we lose? What can we do about it?

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don't worry, there are plenty of politicians taking care of that by waging wars and refusing to fight poverty. we must first get rid of them, so that the problem of overpopulation arises.

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It won't get to that point. If we're really lucky, a few natural mega-disasters will cull a few of us, and if not, we can always hope for global war.

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If there isn't enough to go around then some people will die. This happens all the time during famines.

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What is the world going to do when we run out of land to develop?
Go off-planet.
We can't artificially make land!
... yet.
Even if that was done, we would eventually lose the oceans, and die of Oxygen loss.
If we did nothing about the oxygen loss.
Where can we live when the world reaches its limits and we lose our elbow room?
The single family homes will be replaced with towering skyscrapers to house all of the newly needed families.
Eventually, we will exhaust all of our natural resources, meaning no more plastic, no more new cars, no more houses, buisness, maybe energy, what else could we lose?
This won't happen overnight.
What can we do about it?
Keep pioneering new ways of doing things, making things, always with an eye towards the future. I think the biggest obstacle to overcome is the tendency to milk the last drop of money out of certain processes before moving on to the next. We can easily miss the next new technology by not properly funding it's early research.

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Go off-planet.... yet. If we did nothing about the oxygen loss. You answer your own question here. This won't happen overnight. Keep pioneering new ways of doing things, making things, always with an eye towards the future. I think the biggest obstacle to overcome is the tendency to milk the last drop of money out of certain processes before moving on to the next. We can easily miss the next new technology by not properly funding it's early research.

Good point, however, all of the resources needed to go off planet come from the earth. Sure, it won't happen overnight, but I have a wierd point of view, I am concerned about the future, and I don't mean twenty years from now, I mean three hundred years from now. Sure, it won't happen overnight, but it will happen. As for the skyscraper comment, I meant to impose that it is kind of a bad thing. Does everybody want to be three thousand feet from the earths surface? Slipping off the patio means death. I don't know about certain people, but I prefer ground level. I have always wondered if it were possible to 'harness' lava after an eruption, and perhaps create artificial land from it. The lava would continuously come at a constant rate, creating new jobs, and new hope towards colonizing space. Problem is, conduction would melt just about everything it touches. And, we are hoping for some steel or titanium walls to these modules, not dirt! Any thoughts?

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Plus, I once heard that if we were to triple the current amount of trees existing and about to be grown, and cut our consumption for fuel and paper, yet lost the oxygen producing bacteria of the ocean, we would probably not live. Yet if we lost most of our trees and increased our consumption, yet retained the oxygen producers from the ocean, we might just survive.

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Good point, however, all of the resources needed to go off planet come from the earth.
Until we get to another planet or some asteroids to mine more resources.
Sure, it won't happen overnight, but I have a wierd point of view, I am concerned about the future, and I don't mean twenty years from now, I mean three hundred years from now.
I realize I sound pretty flip about this, but truly you're not alone. While I do think that corporate interests have more immediate needs to meet, I do believe there are enough forward thinkers to hopefully balance them out. It really isn't in a mega-corporattion's best interest to use eveything up. They usually just want to make it scarcer so they can charge more.
As for the skyscraper comment, I meant to impose that it is kind of a bad thing. Does everybody want to be three thousand feet from the earths surface? Slipping off the patio means death. I don't know about certain people, but I prefer ground level.
Fortunately enough, there are people who want to live high up and people like you who want to live at ground level. Diversity saves us in the long run. It is why we don't all wear the same clothing or drive the same car. Why am I glad some people drive Hummers? So I don't have to.
I have always wondered if it were possible to 'harness' lava after an eruption, and perhaps create artificial land from it. The lava would continuously come at a constant rate, creating new jobs, and new hope towards colonizing space. Problem is, conduction would melt just about everything it touches. And, we are hoping for some steel or titanium walls to these modules, not dirt! Any thoughts?
I think if you master geothermal technology to the point of harnessing lava, your energy concerns just got solved. Vent the heat into cities that float on the water or lie under the water. It may not be your cup of tea but with 10 or 15 billion people around it's bound to suit some.
Plus, I once heard that if we were to triple the current amount of trees existing and about to be grown, and cut our consumption for fuel and paper, yet lost the oxygen producing bacteria of the ocean, we would probably not live. Yet if we lost most of our trees and increased our consumption, yet retained the oxygen producers from the ocean, we might just survive.

I can sure believe that. Let's not let big corporate lobbyists prod politicians into relaxing environmental standards. Get out the vote and let them know that we need to stop crapping where we live.

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Overpopulation is the only problem the human race has.

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our only REAL problem is Greed and Selfishness, everything else is just a Symptom

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I'd venture to say greed and selfishness are inhert to all life, from monkeys to bacteria.

What species, given nearly endless resources, won't grow out of control until the resources become a limiting factor?

None and humans are no exception, though you may say we should know better.

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My biggest fear is that there could be a cheap potential for independent energy (such as photovoltaic solar) that may never be researched because there is too little profit involved. How can companies make a hideous profit by selling you a product that runs off the sun?

These days it's all about monthly charges, or selling you an inexpensive system that costs a fortune to maintain (like water purification systems: $30 for the tank,$10/month for filters!). As the population grows the profit base grows. The powers-that-be are unlikely to want to let go of that to allow us independent energy sources on a wide basis.

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I found this thread completely fascinating from brad's opening statement to Ophiolite and YT2095 powerful one sentece statments.

Is Logan's Run the "final solution"...

Lets hope not...

By pure coincidence I am reading John Kelly's very readable book The Great Mortality : An Intimate History of the Black Death, The Most Devastating Plague of All Time.

The first 80 pages set up the scenerio of the Black Death, citing wars, climate, sanitary conditoins (in Paris you simply had to yell "look out below" three times, before throwing your human refuse from your third story window) and overpopulation. The Plague was bad enough, but when it morphed into being air borne...whole sale death.

600 a day in Venice die for example.

In some instances...14 hours after contact..dead.

Kelly cites 33 percent of Europe died, but feels this figure is not accurate stating that in overpopulated areas...60 percent would have been more correct.

at its arc you could walk thru miles of forest and hear nothing but the 'rustle of leaves"....cause everyone was...gone...

anyway, my point is..will nature grace with a another mega plague. We are way over due?

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When bird flu links up with current human flu strains expect a global mortality rate of 30%. Any one who thinks humans are top dog on the planet will be rudely awakened: small is beautiful; brief generations=maximum evolutionary rate. And the little buggers aren't even properly alive.

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our only REAL problem is Greed and Selfishness, everything else is just a Symptom

This is true, sometimes it does not need science to solve everything.

Interestingly, overpopulation seems to play in the hands of conspiracy theorists.

For instance: Secret meetings in UN to solve overpopulation, in scientific ways, to decimate (certain group) of populations. For instance, AIDS is the work of human, not from green monkey, Spanish flu pandemic, perverted vaccination programs, etc. Okay, I am not saying these are facts. But it makes me wondering if there are people out there, presumably conjuring up these stories, if they ever get into governmental level, what would they do to the world?

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If we actually Lost 1 to 2 billion people today (thru pandemics, etc.), the world's infra-structure (such as highway upkeep, etc.) would suffer.

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/4607053.stm

It shows satelite pics of the development of cities over the past few decades. The spread of urban developments to cope with population rises is perfectly illustrated in a stark but undiscountable way.

I'm not convinced that this problem will have devastating effects globally, due to a mottled economy, which means the effects will be more localized.

A good example in history is Angkor Watt in Cambodia which grew to the size of New York, and the surrounding forest and it's resources could not keep up with the demand of the growing population. This gave no leeway for any enviromental changes and soon conflicts ensued over ownership of these resources.

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When bird flu links up with current human flu strains expect a global mortality rate of 30%. Any one who thinks humans are top dog on the planet will be rudely awakened: small is beautiful; brief generations=maximum evolutionary rate. And the little buggers aren't even properly alive.

Thats not good.....thats not good at all.

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When bird flu links up with current human flu strains expect a global mortality rate of 30%. Any one who thinks humans are top dog on the planet will be rudely awakened: small is beautiful; brief generations=maximum evolutionary rate. And the little buggers aren't even properly alive.

Thats not good.....thats not good at all.

suppose a genii appears and hands you a remote with a white button

"you get one chance at this, if you press the button a completely random 30 percent of humans on the planet will die instantly"

would you or would you not press the button?

here's another problem. we could make a SFN poll about it I guess.

a different genii appears and hands you a remote with a blue button

"you just get offered this choice once. if you press the button a completely random 30 percent of all the people on the planet will (without any painful sensation) become infertile"

you get two minutes to decide.

would you press the button or not?

[if it makes it any easier, include yourself---you would have a 30 percent chance of it occurring to you as well]

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suppose a genii appears and hands you a remote with a white button

"you get one chance at this' date=' if you press the button a completely random 30 percent of humans on the planet will die instantly"

would you or would you not press the button?

here's another problem. we could make a SFN poll about it I guess.

a different genii appears and hands you a remote with a blue button

"you just get offered this choice once. if you press the button a completely random 30 percent of all the people on the planet will (without any painful sensation) become infertile"

you get two minutes to decide.

would you press the button or not?

[if it makes it any easier, include yourself---you would have a 30 percent chance of it occurring to you as well']

Max: Man, you are tough..and what kind of genii is this...lol.

Actually I am reminded of Socrates mind game in the Republic. If given a ring that made you invisible, and with the guarantee of no punishment for any action taken. Would you still stay moral?

Tough question.

As to your question, I pick number two: 30 percent to go infertile.

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you are tough...

I believe you are the morally tough one here, for answering

BTW it was not meant as either/or

I thought of it as two separate problems and one could say no to both.

I think you understood that

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I'd press both buttons without the slightest hesitation.

I'd do it so that the rest of the poor creatures who share our existence could all breathe a collective sigh of relief, no matter how temporary.

The key word in the proposal, I think, is "random".

Yeah, I might be one, but I'd do it.

And I think that little genie does exist, hidden somewhere. Anytime a population exceeds its sustainable limits, something always happens to bring it back in check. Just because luck and technology have helped us push our proverbial wall back, doesn't mean we can avoid the fall.

Bottom line, we have not been good stewards.

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I have to admit that I cannot answer. that is, I put a question out there somewhat unfairly in that it looks like I'm challenging others to answer something I can't myself or am unwilling to.

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As an old guy I'm doing my part by not reproducing--although able to--but are you young whippersnappers Doing You Part, short of enforcement of some kind: http://www.emi.u-bordeaux.fr/public/asimov/saveearth.html.

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