Join the Unexplained Mysteries community today! It's free and setting up an account only takes a moment.
- Sign In or Create Account -
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 4
Sakari

Do you think " humans " are over populated?

147 posts in this topic

No, again, there is no reading between the lines of my post. It means what it means.

Your stuck into thinking about the future as if it would be today + billions of more people.

In the future jobs will have different content for example, it will be more individualized and specialized since information is only getting added and there will be a need for people that specialize in certain parts of all this information. It will be more cognitive than labor. Labor will be mainly automatised.

People will carry on getting older and and more educated, population rise will stagnate. People will also postpone having children, a trend already seen in the past couple of years or even decades.

New technologies are found to anwser to the need of more energy. Food distribution can be altered, there is no shortage in sight, Not by a long shot. Distribution and indulgence is the problem. Actually indulgence isn't even a problem, if humans wish to live that way more power to them. Food can be obtained in the lab already without the need to kill animals or reserve space to breed them for slaughter. => less animal suffering, more space, less polution and most likely higher quality food that will be altered accordingly. Possibly food can be altered to your dna and your specific needs in the future, eliminating need for supplements etc. But Im getting ahead of myself.

Point is, humanity will evolve with the future. Stop thinking in terms of today if you wanna make predictions about the future.

Lot's of what you state is wishful thinking. "Population rise will stagnate". I hope so, but at this point it is still expected to grow.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The original question doesn't have a solid answer. It's up to the individual and his/her interpretation.

I think there are too many humans on the planet. I don't wish half of us were gon though. I would like to see a few population control measures taken. They would have to all be voluntary. I'd like to see cities offer free vasectomies for a period of time. I'd like to offer people serving jail sentences the option of a vasectomy in trade for a bit off their sentence. If a person is serving 5 years for beating his wife, he could choose to have that dropped to 4 years with a vasectomy. Of course this wouldn't be offered to everyone. The way I see it, is that the majority of kids who would be born of these guys would grow up in a bad situation anyway.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Lot's of what you state is wishful thinking. "Population rise will stagnate". I hope so, but at this point it is still expected to grow.

Incorrect.

Russia for example has already begun programs to stimulate more births because the fear of population decrease is starting to show its effects on the economy.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

offer people serving jail sentences the option of a vasectomy in trade for a bit off their sentence.

the majority of kids who would be born of these guys would grow up in a bad situation anyway.

.

you could start a whole new thread with this question.....

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The simple fact is that the more people a country has, the greater its power will be. At the present time and for quite a while in the future productivity trumps this, but those days are passing.

There is also a temporary problem of a bulge in the population when a country manages to get population growth under control -- you pass through a period where the elderly more and more outnumber younger more productive people. This is the problem in Japan and much of Europe now, and would be in the US if it didn't have all the young illegal immigrants (kinda ironic). This is the problem the Russians are worried about, and China is fast headed that way.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Incorrect.

Russia for example has already begun programs to stimulate more births because the fear of population decrease is starting to show its effects on the economy.

That is only one country. There are dozens to offset that.

1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The simple fact is that the more people a country has, the greater its power will be. At the present time and for quite a while in the future productivity trumps this, but those days are passing.

There is also a temporary problem of a bulge in the population when a country manages to get population growth under control -- you pass through a period where the elderly more and more outnumber younger more productive people. This is the problem in Japan and much of Europe now, and would be in the US if it didn't have all the young illegal immigrants (kinda ironic). This is the problem the Russians are worried about, and China is fast headed that way.

Didn't China see this a few years ago? There were not enough children to care for the elderly parents.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Wouldn't surprise me, but it doesn't seem to be hitting productivity growth yet.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

People will carry on getting older and and more educated, population rise will stagnate. People will also postpone having children, a trend already seen in the past couple of years or even decades.

Yes, population replacement rates have been falling in Western countries.

New technologies are found to anwser to the need of more energy. Food distribution can be altered, there is no shortage in sight, Not by a long shot. Distribution and indulgence is the problem.

What exactly do you mean by food distribution? Do you mean a nations internal transportation system, or do you mean developed countries giving food to developing countries?

Actually indulgence isn't even a problem, if humans wish to live that way more power to them. Food can be obtained in the lab already without the need to kill animals or reserve space to breed them for slaughter. => less animal suffering, more space, less polution and most likely higher quality food that will be altered accordingly.

Namaste. Sounds wonderful. Stephen Hawkings also thinks that we will overcome the Earth's limitations by colonizing space. I think he's dreaming.

Possibly food can be altered to your dna and your specific needs in the future, eliminating need for supplements etc. But Im getting ahead of myself.

Ok, sounds intriguing though.

Point is, humanity will evolve with the future. Stop thinking in terms of today if you wanna make predictions about the future.

All this happy talk is great, I especially like the idea of pain-free meat grown in a lab or out of your Meat-Jet 1000 at home. But I think it's all techno pie in the sky and wishful thinking. It's not just an issue of food distribution or adequate supplies of food. There are finitudes on this planet Earth.

This has been recognized by the Union of Concerned Scientists which consists of "Some 1,700 of the world's leading scientists, including the majority of Nobel laureates in the sciences".

"The earth is finite. Its ability to absorb wastes and destructive effluent is finite. Its ability to provide food and energy is finite. Its ability to provide for growing numbers of people is finite. And we are fast approaching many of the earth's limits"

The only people who do not recognize these limits seem to be politicians, economists (excluding Jeremy Rifkin) and land developers.

2 people like this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That the earth and its carrying capacity are finite are obvious, and has been said over and over for several hundred years. One day the wolf-criers will have to be right. Wolves do exist.

What I see for the near future is continued progress similar to the last century in improving people's lives all over the world, some countries doing better at it than others -- generally for internal cultural reasons.

At some point population will be stable and resource usage will become indefinitely sustainable. We are fast headed that way, and we won't even have to go into space to do it (although that would be a nice bonus).

Now all we have to do is keep the world's political leadership reasonably sane for a few more decades.

1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That is only one country. There are dozens to offset that.

Well no, it's a trend being set in many different parts of the world also. I was merely giving an example because there are more concrete reports of it to be found.

I think your thoughts are wishful doom thinking.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

What exactly do you mean by food distribution? Do you mean a nations internal transportation system, or do you mean developed countries giving food to developing countries?

Global and local distribution, exploitation.

Developed countries don't have to give food to developing countries, that doesn't help them in the end. They are fully capable of creating their own systen, if they are only given the chance. But that's a different topic.

There is more than enough food, and more than enough new ways coming up to create an unending supply of nutrients for everyone.

Namaste. Sounds wonderful. Stephen Hawkings also thinks that we will overcome the Earth's limitations by colonizing space. I think he's dreaming.

I didn't mention colonizing space. Eventually it will happen. Don't see why not, and don't know why ppl see that as dreaming. Evolution of humans wont suddenly stop, we wont go "oh we've been to mars and we have the technology to live in a space station but whatever .. lets not go there: . Now THAT is dreaming.

All this happy talk is great, I especially like the idea of pain-free meat grown in a lab or out of your Meat-Jet 1000 at home. But I think it's all techno pie in the sky and wishful thinking. It's not just an issue of food distribution or adequate supplies of food. There are finitudes on this planet Earth.

Well, it is disconcerting when you refer to it as happy talk since it's very realistic. I'd say it's limited thinking to just dismiss the countless scientific developments that have been made to get to that point. Developments wont suddenly stop. The human imagination is the limit, surely the past couple of thousand years has proven this.

This has been recognized by the Union of Concerned Scientists which consists of "Some 1,700 of the world's leading scientists, including the majority of Nobel laureates in the sciences".

"The earth is finite. Its ability to absorb wastes and destructive effluent is finite. Its ability to provide food and energy is finite. Its ability to provide for growing numbers of people is finite. And we are fast approaching many of the earth's limits"

The only people who do not recognize these limits seem to be politicians, economists (excluding Jeremy Rifkin) and land developers.

I think Frank Merton answered to this very well in the above post.

The earth is finite fine, but human developments and scientific developments are not. Think out of the box, it's what got us this far....

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Humans are a greedy species. As the population continues to grow and water becomes more scarce, we will face more challenges.

Of course we will survive, but at what cost? What cost constitutes overpopulated? How much human suffering does it take? How do you rate the average quality of life?

I think with many animals facing extinction and seas being nearly fished out in places, we are over populated now. That's where the opinion part comes into play. There is not a black and white answer to this. It's almost entirely an opinion question.

Humans will survive.

Just wanted to add:

What is the ideal population of the world?

Edited by Myles
2 people like this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

http://www.worldomet...rld-population/

i look at africa and see thousands dying every day from no food or from desease, I look at central america where children scavenge in garbage dumps for everything they need to survive. I look at china where they have a one child per family law and yet their population is rising as fast as anywhere else save african , I look at my secret high school crush who after high school had 14 children in 12 years, I look at octomom who can't take care of what she has and still wants you and me to pay so she can have more. I look at the local streets and see the homeless population growing almost as fast as the total city population ( or so it seems ) I look at churches and religeons that say go forth and be fruitful simply so that their deity has a bigger population in whatever afterlife is out there.

my personal opinion is that YES we are WAY over populated, we are a virus on this planet. I personally believe that there should not be more than a billion humans world wide ( maybe much less) . I decided this 30 years ago back when we only had 4 billion or so instead of the Over 7 billion we have now. Although i dearly wanted them when young, I do not have children, never have and never will. It hurt my parents when i told them not to expect grand children. which was my mothers most desired wish.

Most everyone wants to give a part of themselves to the future, most everyone wants to be remembered, to have someone to pass on their possessions and beliefs to, Myself included. But unless we can either get to other planets or find a way to "Slide" into paralelle worlds It cannot continue.

the only reason i am not for total extinction of the human race is because to many other creatures now depend on humanity for their lives, the domesticated animals, the animals bred for food , none of these would even be around if not for us. if we vanished tomorrow they would starve in just a few weeks or a couple months.

Edited by mysticwerewolf
2 people like this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

http://www.worldomet...rld-population/

i look at africa and see thousands dying every day from no food or from desease, I look at central america where children scavenge in garbage dumps for everything they need to survive. I look at china where they have a one child per family law and yet their population is rising as fast as anywhere else save african , I look at my secret high school crush who after high school had 14 children in 12 years, I look at octomom who can't take care of what she has and still wants you and me to pay so she can have more. I look at the local streets and see the homeless population growing almost as fast as the total city population ( or so it seems ) I look at churches and religeons that say go forth and be fruitful simply so that their deity has a bigger population in whatever afterlife is out there.

my personal opinion is that YES we are WAY over populated, we are a virus on this planet. I personally believe that there should not be more than a billion humans world wide ( maybe much less) . I decided this 30 years ago back when we only had 4 billion or so instead of the Over 7 billion we have now. Although i dearly wanted them when young, I do not have children, never have and never will. It hurt my parents when i told them not to expect grand children. which was my mothers most desired wish.

Most everyone wants to give a part of themselves to the future, most everyone wants to be remembered, to have someone to pass on their possessions and beliefs to, Myself included. But unless we can either get to other planets or find a way to "Slide" into paralelle worlds It cannot continue.

I like your thoughts. If the world had the population of 200 years ago with the tech of today, the average quality of life would be much higher.

I have 2 children. I figure they are replacing my wife and I. Also, they are being raised in a way that they will be a benifit for the world and not a burden. I hope anyway. My 15 year old is a freshman in high school and already taking college courses. Never had anything less than an "A". My 10 year old is a little more of a challenge, but she is doing well in school and competes on the Math Team. I don't consider myself a hypocrite because I think it is just as important to have a younger group of quality kids. Inner city populations (3-5 kids) continue to grow at the fastest rate. A high % of these kids are not getting the attention they need to thrive in todays world. They have little hope of college. In the families where college is most likely, only 1-2 kids are being raised.

Someones going to say I'm racist, and that is not even close.

1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Point is, humanity will evolve with the future. Stop thinking in terms of today if you wanna make predictions about the future.

Have you ever read 1984? Have you seen Back to the Future? In so many movies, books and stories, humanity imagines that in 20, 40, or 100 years, that everything will be VASTLY different and Better. Yet, that seems not the case. Whenever we try to look to the future as a shining place, when we finally get there, it is just the Now with a few more gizmos, and larger TVs.

The evolution you're talking about is not measured in decades, but in centuries. Yet, we don't have centuries, we have only decades. The world population thripled between 19050 and 2010. Lots of people in 1950 probably said that such a population could not happen and that in the year 2000 we'd all have flying cars and everyone would have everything they need, yet here we are... and war, pestilence, plague and famine still walk every single nation.

The Future is just the Now with more people. And a few more gizmos, and probably bigger TVs.

6 people like this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Have you ever read 1984? Have you seen Back to the Future? In so many movies, books and stories, humanity imagines that in 20, 40, or 100 years, that everything will be VASTLY different and Better. Yet, that seems not the case. Whenever we try to look to the future as a shining place, when we finally get there, it is just the Now with a few more gizmos, and larger TVs.

The evolution you're talking about is not measured in decades, but in centuries. Yet, we don't have centuries, we have only decades. The world population thripled between 19050 and 2010. Lots of people in 1950 probably said that such a population could not happen and that in the year 2000 we'd all have flying cars and everyone would have everything they need, yet here we are... and war, pestilence, plague and famine still walk every single nation.

The Future is just the Now with more people. And a few more gizmos, and probably bigger TVs.

That's awesome. Bigger TV's!!!!!!! :yes:

1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Didn't China see this a few years ago? There were not enough children to care for the elderly parents.

That is true. It is real worry in Japan also.

Also since the citizens of China are allowed only one child, and they usually want a boy, so modern medicine has created another problem in that the number of boys is far offset from the number of girls. Making the problem that much worse.

1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That is true. It is real worry in Japan also.

Also since the citizens of China are allowed only one child, and they usually want a boy, so modern medicine has created another problem in that the number of boys is far offset from the number of girls. Making the problem that much worse.

Makes me (a male) glad I don't have to compete for a female in China.

Nursing homes for elderly is not cheap, and if it is, it is not very good. Having one kid leaves the odds of the kid dying or not caring for the parents very high.

It is our responsibility to take care of our parents.

1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That the earth and its carrying capacity are finite are obvious, and has been said over and over for several hundred years. One day the wolf-criers will have to be right. Wolves do exist.

What I see for the near future is continued progress similar to the last century in improving people's lives all over the world, some countries doing better at it than others -- generally for internal cultural reasons.

At some point population will be stable and resource usage will become indefinitely sustainable. We are fast headed that way, and we won't even have to go into space to do it (although that would be a nice bonus).

Now all we have to do is keep the world's political leadership reasonably sane for a few more decades.

Oceans are being destroyed, fish are being, over fished..Many are near extinction levels. Maybe technology is growing, but the vital things we need, and things that effect the eco system ( things we have not seen the full impact of yet ) are being killed off, or destroyed.

This is what I am more on the lines with. We are all ( some more then others ) destroying the hand that feeds us....Sewage, garbage, over fishing, killing for fins and rhino horns, bees dying out, etc,etc,etc.....

Not to mention crime, economy, terrorism, wars......

2 people like this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Well, it is disconcerting when you refer to it as happy talk since it's very realistic. I'd say it's limited thinking to just dismiss the countless scientific developments that have been made to get to that point. Developments wont suddenly stop. The human imagination is the limit, surely the past couple of thousand years has proven this.

I would love to see cheap, abundant, pain-free meat from in vitro mass production. But right now it's not practical.

Anyways, we don't have thousands of years to solve exponential human population growth. Just ask these guys;

http://www.mysterium...extinction.html

1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'll just let Doug Stanhope set everyone straight on this issue:

1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Plenty of physical room for a few more billion. But - So, what condiment would you like on your soylent green?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I live in one of the most densely populated countries, in one of the most densely populated cities. Everywhere you go, even along the most back of the back roads, there are always people, and the cities are chock-a-block with apartments and condos and so on.

I think we could stand more room, but as a people we are healthy, well fed, we have a tremendous choice of foods to choose from (unlike most of the West), and perfectly as happy as anyone.

The point is the world could hold a lot more people. World populations are leveling and will stabilize long before we reach a crisis.

1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

While things may improve and may level off and everything might be fine.... Going along HOPING for the best is.... a poor stratagy.

3 people like this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 4

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.