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The Overpopulation of Planet Earth

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So if we cure cancer, solve world hunger and achieve world peace...we will have overpopulated the earth to the point where we will all die?

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41 minutes ago, Opie said:

First, I read this article this regarding the overpopulation of the Planet (a speech given by a man awaiting the birth of his third child)

Then, I read this article regarding the population of Earth.

Are we in trouble?  :shock:

That's some ciphering there, Jethro.

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33 minutes ago, comfortably numb said:

So if we cure cancer, solve world hunger and achieve world peace...we will have overpopulated the earth to the point where we will all die?

Don't be silly. Only the people over 10 billion will die. 

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Birth rates are plummeting so no biggie

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It would seem logical that improvements in renewable energy and a change in human diet could result in supporting tens of billions more, no?

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1 hour ago, tonydead said:

The 10 billion number or so is well accepted as the point where we exceed earth's resources.

At this point it's irresponsible to have more than 2 children per couple.   

Three kids here, trying to convince Mrs O to go for a 4th. 

Honestly, I was at Target this morning, and I saw what else is running around out in the world. We are better off with Oat’s offspring. 

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In any event, in 30 years or so, people will no longer die due to advances in modern medicine. So we are headed this way regardless. 

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6 minutes ago, Juxtatarot said:

It would seem logical that improvements in renewable energy and a change in human diet could result in supporting tens of billions more, no?

:thumbup:

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Rapture will happen long before this becomes a problem.

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No one should ever have more than two kids.

Anything more than 3 or 4 and I seriously question people's mental condition.

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4 minutes ago, joffer said:

Rapture will happen long before this becomes a problem.

I wish that would happen ASAP.

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I'm holding out for a pandemic.  I am hoping it hits all nations where soccer is among the three most popular sports.

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1 hour ago, Dedfin said:
1 hour ago, joffer said:

Rapture will happen long before this becomes a problem.

I wish that would happen ASAP.

That would solve two problems at once. 

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1 hour ago, Otis said:

 

Three kids here, trying to convince Mrs O to go for a 4th. 

Honestly, I was at Target this morning, and I saw what else is running around out in the world. We are better off with Oat’s offspring. 

You can never have too many farmhands.

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3 hours ago, Juxtatarot said:

It would seem logical that improvements in renewable energy and a change in human diet could result in supporting tens of billions more, no?

We should eat our young. Two birds....

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3 hours ago, Juxtatarot said:

It would seem logical that improvements in renewable energy and a change in human diet could result in supporting tens of billions more, no?

Good chance people will get most of their protein from insects after 2100, if it is even from a living creature by then.  We may be rushing toward the singularity quicker than we know.

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1 hour ago, E Street Brat said:

We should eat our young old. Two birds....

FYP

Soylent Green

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1 hour ago, E Street Brat said:

We should eat our young. Two birds....

May I recommend A Modest Proposal For preventing the Children of Poor People From being a Burthen to Their Parents or Country, and For making them Beneficial to the Publick

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3 minutes ago, Ilov80s said:

May I recommend A Modest Proposal For preventing the Children of Poor People From being a Burthen to Their Parents or Country, and For making them Beneficial to the Publick

:lol: haven't thought about that in forever

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9 minutes ago, VandyMan said:

:lol: haven't thought about that in forever

It's funny and scary how many high school seniors read it and don't get the satire. We always get complaints from kids about how horrible it is and that Swift was a monster. Even when we explain it, many of them still can't understand the story beyond it's literal meaning.

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1 hour ago, oso diablo said:

the most pernicious myth of our age

Disagree.

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5 hours ago, Otis said:

In any event, in 30 years or so, people will no longer die due to advances in modern medicine. So we are headed this way regardless. 

Unless a solution is found, thanks to the antibiotic resistance crisis, a lot of modern medicine will become too hazardous to practice in less than 30 years.

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You guys do realize that everyone on earth could fit in the state of Rhode Island. 

33,798,204,000 sq. ft. with a population of 7.6 billion. You have a little over 4.4 sq. ft. per person. Tight but it works.

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17 minutes ago, zeamax said:

You guys do realize that everyone on earth could fit in the state of Rhode Island. 

33,798,204,000 sq. ft. with a population of 7.6 billion. You have a little over 4.4 sq. ft. per person. Tight but it works.

How much food can you grow in a year in 4.4 sq ft?

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9 hours ago, Opie said:

First, I read this article this regarding the overpopulation of the Planet (a speech given by a man awaiting the birth of his third child)

Then, I read this article regarding the population of Earth.

Are we in trouble?  :shock:

We aren't We will all be dead before it becomes a problem but eventually it will become a problem if nothing is done. The good news is mother nature will probably take over and thin the herd herself someday.

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10 minutes ago, Politician Spock said:

How much food can you grow in a year in 4.4 sq ft?

Also how much sh#t can you pile up?

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8 hours ago, Otis said:

In any event, in 30 years or so, people will no longer die due to advances in modern medicine. So we are headed this way regardless. 

true.  they will die due to nuclear holocaust or irreversible climate change.

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3 minutes ago, Homer J Simpson said:

Also how much sh#t can you pile up?

That's not a problem.

I'd sell it as fertilizer to the fool trying to grow a years worth of food on 4.4 sq ft. 

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Paul Ehrlich wrote about this all the way back in 1968: his book The Population Bomb was a bestseller, and predicted that mass starvation would shortly hit the planet. Then Norman Borlaug created a new way to grow wheat, and it saved a billion people. Ehrlich later admitted that he could not have predicted what Borlaug did.

The lesson is clear: technology and science can save us, if we use it properly.

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Government subsidized vasectomies. 

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On 11/5/2017 at 7:35 PM, Politician Spock said:

How much food can you grow in a year in 4.4 sq ft?

That's what Connecticut will be used for.

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On 11/5/2017 at 7:45 PM, lod001 said:

We aren't We will all be dead before it becomes a problem but eventually it will become a problem if nothing is done. The good news is mother nature will probably take over and thin the herd herself someday.

Already starting

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4868056/plague-madagascar-black-death-record-rates/

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once most of the working class is replaced by robots and AI, a rash of incurable and fatal diseases will suddenly wipe out most of the poor and uneducated.  

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On 11/5/2017 at 11:24 AM, Otis said:

 

Three kids here, trying to convince Mrs O to go for a 4th. 

Honestly, I was at Target this morning, and I saw what else is running around out in the world. We are better off with Oat’s offspring. 

We were going to stop after 3. Then SURPRISE! We're done now. I'm not buying another house. 

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