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betajet
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Re: Population factoid
betajet   3/31/2014 9:58:56 AM
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wilber wrote: ... does it make sense to fight for petty issues that politicians usually divide us and can't we all live in peace and harmony if we are so intelligent?

1.  Tip O'Neill used to say: "All politics is local".

2.  From Eric Idle's "Galaxy Song" in The Meaning of Life (1983):
So remember when you're feeling very small and insecure
How amazingly unlikely it is your birth
And pray that there's intelligent life somewhere up in space,
Because there's bugger all down here on Earth.


AZskibum
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Re: Population factoid
AZskibum   3/31/2014 9:47:32 AM
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That is truly an amazing statistic!

wilber_xbox
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Re: Population factoid
wilber_xbox   3/31/2014 8:43:28 AM
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Strange things happen when you read too many things in one day. Just before reading this blog, i had finished my daily dose of news through newspaper and now i wonder if we are alone in this universe (even for assumption) then does it make sense to fight for petty issues that politicians usually divide us and can't we all live in peace and harmony if we are so intelligent. If we look at our evolution then our history is not so peaceful and is full of massacres and wars. Even today, we have more than half population who lacks basic needs. Thinking about all this i think we cannot be (and hopefully not) alone in this universe.

betajet
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Re: Population factoid
betajet   3/30/2014 3:16:56 PM
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That reminds me of a favorite sillygism:

1.  Almost all scientists are living things.  (The vast majority of scientists who ever existed are living now.)

2.  Almost all living things are microörganisms.  (Every complex living thing is filled with myriad more microörganisms.)

Therefore, almost all scientists are microörganisms :-)

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Re: Population factoid
Max The Magnificent   3/30/2014 12:28:18 PM
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@donq: Because of the exponential nature of population growth, fully half of the people who have ever lived are alive today.

That really is amazing...

LBeethoven
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7 Billion People: Everybody Relax!
LBeethoven   3/30/2014 9:46:10 AM
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LBeethoven
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Not to worry, look on the other side of the bump!
LBeethoven   3/30/2014 9:43:02 AM
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The reason the population is exploding is not because the birthrate is above the replacement, but because we all are living longer. The birthrate is actually in sharp decline. On the otherside of the 2050 'bump' in population there is a sharp decline in persons alive. This is why today's leaders in Russia and Japan, for example, are aking couples to have babies!

The truth is we are headed for a population decline on teh otherside of 2050. (Check the WHO website for validation)

The argument that the earth is overpopulated and unable to feed the population is a 200-year-old myth which persists. 

 



 

See:

http://pop.org/

http://overpopulationisamyth.com/

 

So relax, and go hug your kids! Remeber, without them, old age would really suck! ;)

seaEE
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Yes we do not have 7 billion
seaEE   3/29/2014 8:12:20 PM
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Muppet Show floor sweepings :)

David Ashton
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Re: 30,000 lbs of Bananas
David Ashton   3/29/2014 5:14:10 PM
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@antedeluvian...I used to have that record ("Verities and Balderdash") but it got lost in a move.   It's a good song.

David Ashton
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Bananas.....
David Ashton   3/29/2014 3:32:21 PM
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The article and comments bring to mind a JBS Haldane quote that I love:

"The universe is not only stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine."

Having just googled it here, I find his original wording is slightly different:

"Now my own suspicion is that the Universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose." 

Somewhat antique language these days, but you get the point.....

Found another good one there as well:

"The world shall perish not for lack of wonders, but for lack of wonder" 

So Max, your wonderings are doing a great job of keeping the world from perishing.  Keep it up!

 

 

 

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