Inspired as I am in all things by Alphagene, and impressed by his “bad MPSIMS” thread here in the Pit, I feel compelled to post this. Please enjoy my (very) thinly disguised parody of an actual “discussion” going on in the Great Debates forum. Please feel free to compare and critique with 6 Billion?
OP: The population of the world is growing much too quickly! The earth can’t support us all for much longer! We have to control the population!
About a dozen respondents: Well, no. Actually, it’s not, it can and we don’t. The population of the world is growing much less quickly than you think it is. Birth rates are down so far that some even believe that the population, if left alone, will decline over the near term because of declining birth rates. <font color=“blue”>Here</font> and <font color=“blue”>here</font> and <font color=“blue”>here</font> are links where you can learn more.
OP: But the population is exploding! We’re gonna run out of stuff!
About six respondents: As we mentioned, the population is not exploding. Further, you should know that the earth can support many more people than we have now, because it’s a big place and we are a clever lot. We agree that more care needs to be taken with resources, but there is no magical population level at which we’ll run out of food, living space, potable water or anything else. <font color=“blue”>This</font> and <font color=“blue”>that</font> and <font color=“blue”>the other</font> are more links for you.
OP: But the population is exploding. We have to control the population!
Three respondents, each with the patience of Job: As we mentioned, the population is not exploding. And “controlling the population” is an awful idea. Why? Because the population is not growing from of an explosion of births. Rather, once born, people are increasingly stubborn in their refusal to die. Mortality rates across all age groups are down throughout the world, and people are living a lot longer. That is the only reason that populations are increasing. Ergo, the only way to “control population” is to start killing off some of these stubborn people. We think that is a terrible idea. Have we mentioned the links to <font color=“blue”>Q</font> and <font color=“blue”>E</font> and <font color=“blue”>D</font>?
OP But we’re running out of fish!
Thank you. Coming next week, the “Lets spend 300 posts defining terms” parody.