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The world’s population has sky-rocketed from under 1 billion to around 8 billion in only several hundred years? Should we be worried? Overpopulation has become a huge concern among TED talk enthusiasts and social engineer, but is it more than a meme?
We survey the classical views of population growth and its limits starting in Malthus’s Principle of Population and how and why his assumptions have been overridden by technological development. Regardless, the 1960’s saw a resurgence in Populational Control thinking and the “Zero Population Growth” movement, based in the popular work The Population Bomb by Paul Ehrlich, but also disputed by the optimistic Julian Simon.
Still, one of the more novel issues is that of Behavioral Sinks in modern societies: Industrial economies that are so well off that they population ceases wanting to reproduce or continue normal human life. Modern man is becoming more like the pampered rats in John B. Calhoun’s famed Mouse Utopia experiments.
Readings and Links
Note that pay-walled academic articles may be obtained by feeding their URLs to sites like Sci-Hub.
- The Mouse Population Sink – “Population Density and Social Pathology” by John B. Calhoun
- “An Essay on the Principle of Population” by Robert Malthus
- “Does saving more lives lead to overpopulation?”, a video by Bill Gates
- The Population Bomb by Paul Erlich
- The Ultimate Resource by Julian Simon
- The Resourceful Earth by Julian Simon and Herman Kahn
00:00:00 TED Talk attendees HATE him!00:01:15 Conspiracies and Georgia Guidestones00:02:38 Today's readings00:04:15 Why should population growth be bad?00:06:54 Malthus and the French Revolution00:09:43 William Godwin as an Osterich00:13:13 Malthuses Principles of Population00:15:50 Carrying Capacity and Well-being00:17:05 Aside on Supply Curves00:20:25 Malthus didn't age well.00:23:48 Soycialism: Utopian and Soyentific00:25:02 Marginalism00:27:31 The Mouse Metaverse and Population Collapse00:31:15 Economic Fragility00:33:40 GMOs and monoculture00:35:36 Mortality Comments00:36:55 Birth control00:40:30 Decline of White People00:43:19 BS Jobs: A YouTube hit. Donations00:47:20 Paul Ehrlich as Lazy Mathusianism00:51:57 Antinatalism00:55:27 The Ehrlich-Simon Bet00:57:40 The Resourceful Earth and the Ultimate Resource01:03:03 The Greater Population Problem in the Mouse Metaverse
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