Re: Why breed? Re: why innovation wont defuse the population bomb
- Kudos and ditto Beth!
Innovation will have to be more radical - bigger jumps will be required
to keep the current rate of population growth.
On one hand, as there are more people, there are more people who are more
talented than average, who would be capable of discovering these
On the other hand, as strapped as we are and will soon be for basic
resources, many or most of those extremely intelligent individuals will
not be educated, and rather than making the discovery, they will be
struggling with the rest of the population to maintain their day-to-day
There is a limit to technology. As (I think Heinlein said), at the
current (in the 1960s) growth rate, in a few hundred years the mass of
human beings would exceed the mass of the planet, which is impossible
without an innovation to colonize outer space.
Technology will not save us. It can put the collapse off. However, when
the collapse happens, the higher the technology, the more people will be
around, and the more high-tech things won't be shut down for any
survivors - who probably won't be able to shut down and get rid of the
nuclear waste, bio-contaminants, effects of global warming, and on and
Colonizing outer space will become less and less possible the more people
who are struggling just to stay alive, rather than research, develop,
build, and commit resources to other things. I think it's too late even
if we start right now... Science fiction will not save us.
What could save us might have been to cut population growth drastically.
I say "might have been" because I believe that it would have had to have
been implemented when the earth's population was under 5 billion -
roughly 30 years ago. Possibly earlier.
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