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Human Overpopulation: How can it be Curbed and Reduced.

#1  Postby Alan B » Jul 22, 2016 2:42 pm

Some years ago (last century?) I read about an Australian experiment to reduce a local animal (rabbits?) population by biological means. I think the idea was to reduce the fertility of the species :ask: . At the time (I seem to remember - I can't find a link) it was banned because of possible cross-species contamination and that it might affect humans :scratch:

I seem to recollect that the company developing this procedure was based in the Queensland area or that they were looking at controlling an animal in that area - which may not have been rabbits.

If this is so, perhaps the idea needs to be re-visited. :think:

It is becoming obvious to many people that the excesses of human overpopulation is having a deleterious effect on Planet Earth's biosphere which affects all living species on the planet.

Any ideas?
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Re: Human Overpopulation: How can it be Curbed and Reduced.

#2  Postby laklak » Jul 22, 2016 2:42 pm

Ebola.
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#3  Postby Alan B » Jul 22, 2016 3:06 pm

True to form, Lak. :lol:

I was hoping for some, er, non-lethal suggestions.
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#4  Postby The_Metatron » Jul 22, 2016 3:22 pm

The White Plague
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#5  Postby ScholasticSpastic » Jul 22, 2016 3:43 pm

The_Metatron wrote:The White Plague
by Frank Herbert
Link: https://amzn.com/0765317737

I've read this book. It's not bad. Now, if we had something that simply reduced fertility without, you know, actually killing the women, that would be even better.

No use messing with the men. Men aren't the limiting factor here. It's conceivable that you could wipe out 90% of the men without seeing much of a dip in the reproductive rate. But I guess we could do the men, too, just to be fair.
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#6  Postby The_Metatron » Jul 22, 2016 4:10 pm

It was quite a book, as I remember.


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#7  Postby ScholasticSpastic » Jul 22, 2016 4:20 pm

I believe I could agree that it was quite a book. ;)
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#8  Postby tuco » Jul 22, 2016 4:48 pm

Don't breed, simple.
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#9  Postby ScholasticSpastic » Jul 22, 2016 4:56 pm

It does seem simple, until you breed. Strangely, 3.5 billion years of natural selection, with every one of your ancestors a successful fucker, has made it much easier to breed than to not breed.
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#11  Postby ScholasticSpastic » Jul 22, 2016 5:16 pm


Nice! :cheers:

Except I'm saying it's not simple, not that it's inevitable. Every extant method for preventing pregnancy has a non-zero failure rate. You can reduce the odds of breeding by using preventative measures, but this is not a guarantee that you'll not breed. Most of us aren't very excited about abstinence, which remains the only birth control measure that's 100% effective.
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#12  Postby tuco » Jul 22, 2016 5:26 pm

lol I do not even think the problem stands like: there is too many people on Earth. The problem stands like: These people have huge impact on Earth. Besides, the more people work on problems caused by huge impact, the sooner the problems will get solved.

In other words, and as I mentioned elsewhere numerous times, the problem of curbing and reducing population is alleged and does not have rational and informed background.
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#13  Postby Briton » Jul 22, 2016 5:27 pm

Alan B wrote:
It is becoming obvious to many people that the excesses of human overpopulation is having a deleterious effect on Planet Earth's biosphere which affects all living species on the planet.


Some interesting stats here; entertaining too.

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#14  Postby VazScep » Jul 22, 2016 6:18 pm

I don't think the Logan's Run solution gets even press.
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#15  Postby Boyle » Jul 22, 2016 6:22 pm

Isn't the easiest thing to do to just let it run its course? If we're terribly overpopulated we'll run into some disaster or another that'll reduce our population at some point, be it famine, war, disease, giant rock, Ork Waaaagh!, etc.
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#16  Postby tuco » Jul 22, 2016 6:33 pm

Nah, brain is such cool device. Let it do what it's evolved to do.
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#17  Postby CdesignProponentsist » Jul 22, 2016 6:50 pm

Why not simply use the methods already show to be effective?

Economic and gender equality, access to higher education, and reasonable standard of living. I'm pretty sure I've read somewhere that these all have a correlation with lower fertility rates. Solve them and you solve the population problem.
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#18  Postby tuco » Jul 22, 2016 6:56 pm

And when that happens our problem will be not enough births to replace us ;)
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#19  Postby ScholasticSpastic » Jul 22, 2016 8:23 pm

tuco wrote:And when that happens our problem will be not enough births to replace us ;)

That's what robots are for.
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