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  •  The recent Nature article by (1+ / 0-)
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    many scientists on how perilously close we are to being unable to stop this slide, placed full blame on population excess. The predictions on that go back to ancient times, with Malthus and Ehrlich being the most influential since An Essay on the Principle of Population by Malthus in 1798. We hit the first billion 1810, the second in the 1930's, third in the 1960's.

    The failure to grasp and work to prevent the catastrophes, is highly correlated with the religious restrictions on sex education, free contraception and other controls, world wide.

    Now the control is going to be exerted on real humans rather than zygotes, embryos, or eggs and sperm that never joined. Some estimates are as high as 2 to 3 billion people. Far more than all the barbaric and demonic tyrants combined.

    A 2010 study  

    suggests that the Earth can support a population of two billion individuals, but only if all individuals are willing to live at a European standard of living and use natural resources sustainably. These researchers state that reducing population from today's level of over 6.8 billion to the suggested 2 billion would take slightly longer than 100 years if every couple, worldwide, agrees to produce an average of only one child. [Wiki]
    So if ~2.5 billion die from combined causes, it decreases the needed reduction number to 2.5, which under those calculations might be done in ~ 50 years.

    I am not sure where humanity will fall in the spectrum of the ugliest collapse to a great awakening. Hoping for the latter.

    "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

    by Ginny in CO on Thu Aug 02, 2012 at 01:28:40 PM PDT

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    •  And modern thinking on population control (1+ / 0-)
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      is that empowering women educationally, economically, and medically, leads directly to voluntarily choosing smaller families.  

      "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

      by lgmcp on Thu Aug 02, 2012 at 01:38:08 PM PDT

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      •  Yup, and it doesn't faze the (1+ / 0-)
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        'Go forth and multiply' nuts. You don't want to have so many kids? Just abstain. Your husband surely loves you enough to understand that. And if he wants more kids, you should submit.

        It's all about the ugly, dirty, awful sex. God ONLY intended it for procreation.

        People mostly get their brains dysfunctional because of early religious indoctrination, which is intended to keep them from developing questioning and critical thinking skills.

        Mormons are really good at that.

        "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

        by Ginny in CO on Thu Aug 02, 2012 at 02:03:20 PM PDT

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