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Malthus: More Relevant Than Ever

link:http://www.greatchange.org/ov-catton,malthus.html

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Malthus was not wrong in the ways commonly supposed. From his 18th century perspective he simply had no basis for seeing the human ability to "overshoot" carrying capacity. It was inconceivable to Malthus that human societies could, by taking advantage of favorable conditions (new technology, abundant fossil fuels), temporarily increase human numbers and appetites above the long-term capacity of environments to provide needed resources and services. But it is inexcusable today not to recognize the way populations can sometimes overshoot sustainable carrying capacity and what happens to them after they have done it.


Also, I have, in the past, uncritically propagated the "the living outnumber the dead" meme. Turns out, while there are a lot of living people on the planet just now, the dead number in the tens of billions. Check it out.

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