View Poll Results: What's an acceptable world population?

Voters
29. You may not vote on this poll
  • Less than 100 Million

    2 6.90%
  • 500 Million

    3 10.34%
  • 1 Billion

    5 17.24%
  • 3 Billion

    2 6.90%
  • We’re pushing our limits now

    5 17.24%
  • That question is above my pay grade

    4 13.79%
  • I’m just happy to be here

    8 27.59%
Page 4 of 7 FirstFirst ... 23456 ... LastLast
Results 31 to 40 of 63

Thread: What's an acceptable world population? [W:48]

  1. #31
    Sage
    Harry Guerrilla's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Not affiliated with other libertarians.
    Last Seen
    09-01-17 @ 02:38 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Libertarian
    Posts
    28,955

    re: What's an acceptable world population? [W:48]

    Quote Originally Posted by Helix View Post
    I think we might be able to float another billion or so with our current model. after that, we will probably have to start getting creative.
    Science usually does all the creative, without us realizing it.
    It's hard for people to see the trees when they think only about the forest.
    I was discovering that life just simply isn't fair and bask in the unsung glory of knowing that each obstacle overcome along the way only adds to the satisfaction in the end. Nothing great, after all, was ever accomplished by anyone sulking in his or her misery.
    —Adam Shepard

  2. #32
    Doesn't go below juicy
    tacomancer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Cleveland
    Last Seen
    05-20-16 @ 02:42 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Other
    Posts
    31,781

    re: What's an acceptable world population? [W:48]

    I don't see how there is any way to ethically calculate this. Even worse, even if it can be calculated, if it requires a population decrease, it's going to take some intense evil to get rid of a few billion.

  3. #33
    Anti-Hypocrite
    molten_dragon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Southeast Michigan
    Last Seen
    Today @ 08:01 AM
    Gender
    Lean
    Slightly Liberal
    Posts
    9,351

    re: What's an acceptable world population? [W:48]

    I'd say around 5 billion would be a nice comfortable number.
    If you build a man a fire, he'll be warm for a day.

    If you set a man on fire, he'll be warm for the rest of his life.

  4. #34
    Anti-Hypocrite
    molten_dragon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Southeast Michigan
    Last Seen
    Today @ 08:01 AM
    Gender
    Lean
    Slightly Liberal
    Posts
    9,351

    re: What's an acceptable world population? [W:48]

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    I don't see how there is any way to ethically calculate this. Even worse, even if it can be calculated, if it requires a population decrease, it's going to take some intense evil to get rid of a few billion.
    Not really, just time and having fewer children on average. Or do you think that's intense evil?
    If you build a man a fire, he'll be warm for a day.

    If you set a man on fire, he'll be warm for the rest of his life.

  5. #35
    Doesn't go below juicy
    tacomancer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Cleveland
    Last Seen
    05-20-16 @ 02:42 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Other
    Posts
    31,781

    re: What's an acceptable world population? [W:48]

    Quote Originally Posted by molten_dragon View Post
    Not really, just time and having fewer children on average. Or do you think that's intense evil?
    so long as its not forced on them, its ok. But generally, bringing societies up to western culture will do that for us.

  6. #36
    Sage
    Harry Guerrilla's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Not affiliated with other libertarians.
    Last Seen
    09-01-17 @ 02:38 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Libertarian
    Posts
    28,955

    re: What's an acceptable world population? [W:48]

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    so long as its not forced on them, its ok. But generally, bringing societies up to western culture will do that for us.
    I'm pretty sure it will, as people grow richer, they tend to have less children.
    Why?
    Because they don't have to worry about them dying, like they did before they were rich.
    They invest in 1-3 kids, instead of 8, hoping 1 or 2 survive.
    I was discovering that life just simply isn't fair and bask in the unsung glory of knowing that each obstacle overcome along the way only adds to the satisfaction in the end. Nothing great, after all, was ever accomplished by anyone sulking in his or her misery.
    —Adam Shepard

  7. #37
    Sometimes wrong

    ttwtt78640's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Uhland, Texas
    Last Seen
    Today @ 06:11 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Libertarian
    Posts
    34,706

    re: What's an acceptable world population? [W:48]

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    I'm pretty sure it will, as people grow richer, they tend to have less children.
    Why?
    Because they don't have to worry about them dying, like they did before they were rich.
    They invest in 1-3 kids, instead of 8, hoping 1 or 2 survive.
    Another reason is that reliance on "retirement" funds, public or private, has largely replaced the job of supporting parents by their children. The common use of "outside" labor to run farms and small businesses is another factor to be considered.
    “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself.
    Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

  8. #38
    Professor
    Baralis's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    MO
    Last Seen
    12-05-17 @ 03:53 AM
    Gender
    Lean
    Independent
    Posts
    2,394
    Blog Entries
    1

    re: What's an acceptable world population? [W:48]

    It depends on the nature of the question.

    If it is personal preference I would like to see a world population of about 30 million. This way a person could live a largely isolated life but still have human contact if they wished it. It would also mean our impact on the environment would be greatly diminished.


    If it is all about just what we can support I say a lot more. We could support a lot more people if we were willing to sacrifice some of our individualism in the name of efficiency.

  9. #39
    Sage

    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Goldsboro,PA
    Last Seen
    Yesterday @ 11:12 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Progressive
    Posts
    5,596
    Blog Entries
    1

    re: What's an acceptable world population? [W:48]

    I do not know.
    Man is , IMO, basically a social animal, and he must work on his intolerance, hatred and fear before we can have too many more...

  10. #40
    Banned
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Last Seen
    07-08-14 @ 06:23 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Undisclosed
    Posts
    2,325

    re: What's an acceptable world population? [W:48]

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    Your poll does not include options such as 10 billion, or 15 billion, or 40 billion.

    With sufficiently advanced technology we could support that many, especially since most people live in cities these days anyway.

    Personally I don't think we'll ever get much above 10 billion. Trends show population stablizing if not going into decline in most advanced nations.
    As other nations reach a certain level of development their pop growth will go into decline also.

    The alleged "population problem" will almost certainly fix itself.
    I've been hearing cries for population control, for so long, that the thought of listing anything above what we have now seemed pointless. Not once have I heard someone say "The World needs more people in it".

Page 4 of 7 FirstFirst ... 23456 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •