Thursday, March 04, 2010

You May Say I'm A Dreamer But I'm Not The Only One

The Luddites want to deny that science has any validity. They want to deny that the observable is real.

There is no global warming. Pollution is not a problem. The fact that most of the World's vertebrate biomass is human has no negative implications for the future.

When I was born, the human population of the World was a little less than 4 billion. A hundred and fifty years before I was born, the population was still a little under 1 billion. Currently, six decades after my birth, the population is fast approaching 7 billion. These are facts. The documented rate of population increase has real implications for the future of human society.

According to the Luddites, the problem is that the birth rate is not high enough. According to some reactionary political and religious authorities, contraception and abortion should be outlawed. Women should stay home and have at least 7 children apiece and a lot more if they can. What's interesting is that a lot of people think that it's a fine idea. They think that the World is still vastly under populated. They must have listened to too much John Lennon music when they were young.


Cut and Shoot said...

I'm not denying the validity of science. I'm denying the validity of certain persons masquerading as scientists.

As for over population, it's only in the developing world where it's a problem. Americans are reproducing at just around replacement rate, i.e. 1.8 children per couple. Europe's rates of reproduction are far lower.

Remember the Ethiopian famine back in the 70's? The population of Ethiopia back then was about 32 million and today it is about 60 million.

reddog said...

For several generations the population of Mexico and several Central American Nations doubled every twelve years. Same goes for the Caribbean. That's why they're all here.

It's not a problem of illegal immigration, it's one of osmolarity. The equalization of the diffusion of human solutes.