reply to post by Maslo
I think that your attitude to population size is quite representative of the way that many people feel today.
I'm not saying that we should ban contraception and ramp up the population to 18 billion as quickly as we can, although I believe that one day we
will get there, if we are lucky.
A lot of other things will have to happen as well of course.
This species is different from every other species that we have record of that has existed on earth. This species is going to do it's darnedest to
outlive the planet. I don't think that will happen in the form of a hand picked team of scientists getting into their "lifeboat" with a catalog of
fertilized eggs and seeds as cargo to head into space.
I think when we go, we are going to take everyone and everything practicable
One of the problems with our thinking at this stage of human development is that the population largely regards power and initiative as the preserve
of the few.
That paradigm is especially espoused by the few.
The advent of the internet and ever increasing dispersal of information and knowledge, if not interfered with, will change that paradigm.
The notion of thinking small and manageable, to the point where size is determined by what the elites can manage, is eventually going to give way.
There will eventually come a time when the virtues, the inherent natural virtues of thinking big numbers will begin to be appreciated.
This is a real shift in perspective that elite groups have only allowed
to operate in times of dire emergency.
There is no question that we will have to leave this planet. There is no question that we will have to begin to prepare thousands of years ahead of
time. Given the uncertainty of life in the universe, in my opinion, we should begin to become familiar with the ideas and ways of thinking that we
will need, now.
I feel certain that we will need large numbers of people to take that step and large numbers of people to prepare for it.
Within decades China and India may give a graphic demonstration of what huge numbers of educated people are capable of. I hope they do. It might make
the point a lot clearer to intelligent people who have gotten used to a "small is beautiful, small is efficient, small is manageable, growth should
be limited" paradigm.