posted on Nov, 12 2004 @ 12:06 PM
It cannot be said that industrialization in the early 19th century is the same thing that's happening now in China. Back then there were far less
consumer goods available than now, those goods make people more self-sufficient and career oriented, therefore reducing the birth rates.
Neither does all technology have to be reinvented, it is all merely "copied" by importing and investment.
See Birth Rates in China: www.cia.gov...
They are really low. India has a bit higher birth rates because a lot of population lives in rural areas but this will be reduced in the future.
People in such westernized countries now fill voids in their life by making money, entertainment, internet, while people in Africa for example are
largely uneducated and don't have any wealth to spend on such luxuries so it's more likely they will have babies.
Mechanisms of capitalism and technology will surely compensate and find solutions to every problem humanity might encounter. Just don't listen to
socialist (communist) propaganda coming from UN that wants every country to surrender its sovereignty and return to the regimes of 0% GDP growth and
no private ownership, all under excuse of "sustainability" and other misleading phrases.
Another viewpoint of this would be that prosperous countries shape public opinion in such way because they don't want the poorer ones to gain wealth
because it would change the balance of power.
But in any case, human mind is capable of incredible inventions and I don't think we will hit some kind of a wall in attaining resources, we will
simply use alternate materials until we get ready to get new ones on the moon, invent replicator-like machines or better extraction tech.
[edit on 12-11-2004 by Megaquad]