Billions wrong?

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Billions wrong?

This new month (feb) is the target of a Global population speak out that has managed to attract more than a hundred scientists who pledge to speak out on this topic. I am a 'concerned citizen' who has also pledged, so wish to raise this subject again.https://www.PeakProsperity.com/forum/population-how-control-it/10989

There are at least two reasons why population has had little press despite being recognised as the driver of almost all other problems (P = E + E + E); One is the lack of any real acceptable solution and the other is the deep divisions that seem to arise among us when discussing the issue.

Many of our discussions on a subject seek to find a solution or apportion blame. Perhaps that is a natural human tendancy but if it is standing in the way of our discussing the problem at all then it might be an idea not to focus on solutions until more of us are involved in significant discussions on the subject. I believe that diversity is our greatest strength but if voices are muted on this subject then diversity doesn't even get a look in. So rather than make any suggestion of solutions I will rather first attempt to draw attention to those I know of who observe and describe the problem and ask a question or two.

There is something a bit creepy about the future population predictions based on our past. Is it that we simply accept that there are likely to be 9 billion of us by 2050 because predictions say so? On this subject Nicolas Taleb has spoken at length and in detail. Statistics lead us to discount Black Swans.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nassim_Taleb

Daniel Quinn has authored a number of books which throw light on the subject - the 'big picture' if you will. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Quinn

Many discussions on the subject relate population to carbon extraction.http://www.mnforsustain.org/oil_eating_fossil_fuels_pfeiffer_d.htm#Population%20&%20Sustainability That we are able to feed ourselves in our present numbers is seen as a consequence of our use of stored carbon in respect of all aspects of the production and distribution of food.    

Many environmentalists regard the issue as too hot to handle
.http://www.jonathonporritt.com/pages/2008/11/population_1.html

http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/five-reasons-population-boom-biggest/story.aspx?guid={66A7D394-5E73-4D74-8C22-4E1BC7BFB98B}&dist=msr_1&print=true&dist=printMidSection

Is the government paradigm an appropriate response to this issue? What might an alternative paradigm look like?

Don

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7 billion people can be wrong, very wrong

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Re: Billions wrong?

Links don't seem to have worked well above 

http://gpso.wordpress.com/

is to the speak out

Don

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