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Thread: Population Control

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    Re: Population Control

    Quote Originally Posted by MusicAdventurer View Post
    Should the U.S. start controlling our population?

    Is there a need for population control? If not, what evidence do you have that there is not? Will there be a need in the near future?

    If so to what degree? I.E. How many children should be allowed? Should control be by economic status or equal to all families?

    I want to get a sense of where people are on this topic
    The Malthusian Catastrophe has been debunked ages ago.
    Why do we continue to even discuss this?
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    Re: Population Control

    just because it's been debunked doesn't mean we aren't often ruled by people convinced of it's truth

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    Re: Population Control

    Population growth is part of the obsessive growth model of our current economic paradigm. People are incentivized to have more children for economic reasons.

    Once economic growth slows - which it has and will continue to do - birth rates will decline. And it will be a good thing. Just because we can support more people doesn't mean we should. The calculated carrying capacity of this entire planet is 23 billion humans, but I would not want to live on such a planet.

    Humans can live in much better equilibrium with nature if we maintain our numbers at reasonable levels. Under the current economic model, I question whether 7 billion humans is manageable or not, given what is rapidly happening to the environment. Humans are at an immature stage still, since most people cannot control their reproductive impulses. Maybe some day we will have a better grip on the responsibility of creating new life, and what it means to this whole world, not just the ones having the kids.

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    Re: Population Control

    The ol' Malthusian trap rings its head once again. Eventually, human population might have to accept the harsh reality that the resources "bestowed" upon us might not be enough for everyone. This is most certainly true and the famous Simon-Ehrlich bet might eventually be reversed.
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    Re: Population Control

    I don't see how it's a trap to observe that humans cannot multiply forever.

    If we switched to a resource based economy we would be much better off.

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    Re: Population Control

    Quote Originally Posted by Temporal View Post
    I don't see how it's a trap to observe that humans cannot multiply forever.

    If we switched to a resource based economy we would be much better off.
    Over population is not happening.
    Population growth slows as economies modernize.

    It's not a threat to human civilization at all.
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    Re: Population Control

    Last edited by ecofarm; 09-17-11 at 06:55 AM.

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    Re: Population Control

    Quote Originally Posted by MusicAdventurer View Post
    Will there be a need in the near future?
    Hopefully, no. Not from humans at least.
    We'll find out in about 10 days.

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    Re: Population Control

    I put yes....stop illegal immigration...

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    Re: Population Control

    No, population control is wrong. We don't need to control the population nor should anyone attempt to.
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