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Date: 10/31/11 09:28 AM

41 Responses to Visualizing How A Population Grows To 7 Billion

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    kitteh9lives Female 70 & Over
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    October 31, 2011 at 9:03 am
    Link: Visualizing How A Population Grows To 7 Billion - The U.N. estimates that the world`s population will pass the 7 billion mark today. That`s a whole lotta people.
  2. Profile photo of M_Archer
    M_Archer Male 18-29
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    October 31, 2011 at 9:41 am
    Ok, I have to admit: the dripping animation was really cool.

    The guy forgot to put tape over the birth faucet to symbolize birth control being invented.

    I don`t think overpopulation is a problem; resources are only really limited to how much people can produce. If there`s not enough food to feed everyone, then that`s a human infrastructure problem, not a "limited resources" problem.

    In the early 20th century, there were some alarmists who said there would be crowding when the population reached two billion, citing the exact same reasons the alarmists are citing today.
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    Tekinette Male 30-39
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    October 31, 2011 at 9:46 am
    Great video but now I need to go pee.
  4. Profile photo of M_Archer
    M_Archer Male 18-29
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    October 31, 2011 at 9:49 am
    Thank god I had the foresight to get immunized against HPV.
  5. Profile photo of MattPrince
    MattPrince Male 40-49
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    October 31, 2011 at 10:22 am
    "I don`t think overpopulation is a problem; resources are only really limited to how much people can produce. If there`s not enough food to feed everyone, then that`s a human infrastructure problem, not a "limited resources" problem. "

    That`s like driving a car very rapidly towards the back end of a slow moving lorry and saying "i don`t have a velocity problem, the truck in front needs to go faster"

    "In the early 20th century, there were some alarmists who said there would be crowding when the population reached two billion, citing the exact same reasons the alarmists are citing today. "

    The world *is* a much more crowded place these days. Sat in a traffic jam lately?
  6. Profile photo of M_Archer
    M_Archer Male 18-29
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    October 31, 2011 at 10:37 am
    I have yet to find a single country that was more prosperous when its population was half the size it is today. China has the largest population on the planet; why are they so much more prosperous than Zimbabwe? The assertion that more people means less resources and malnutrition is simply not true.

    "That`s like driving a car very rapidly towards the back end of a slow moving lorry and saying "i don`t have a velocity problem, the truck in front needs to go faster"

    Well, if I`m driving at the speed limit then it is the lorry`s problem. And now, I`m lost on the metaphor. Is driving "life"? Then what can I do? Slow down i.e. kill myself? Hardly productive.

    "Sat in a traffic jam lately?"

    I don`t sit in traffic; I AM traffic.

    Besides, haven`t traffic jams always existed since the automobile industry exploded?
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    patchgrabber Male 30-39
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    October 31, 2011 at 10:40 am
    Overpopulation isn`t a problem *yet*. But it will be in the future, so it would behoove us to take steps to prevent it. We`re entering into exponential growth, and no one really knows what the carrying capacity of our planet is.
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    dm2754 Male 40-49
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    October 31, 2011 at 10:42 am
    in 1490 there was 70 million people in north America
  9. Profile photo of dm2754
    dm2754 Male 40-49
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    October 31, 2011 at 10:46 am
    called South America!
    and they have Asia all wrong that glass should be twice as full
  10. Profile photo of MattPrince
    MattPrince Male 40-49
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    October 31, 2011 at 10:51 am
    ..and playing the part of the T-virus in the next demonstration is...

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    MattPrince Male 40-49
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    October 31, 2011 at 11:24 am
    @M Archer.

    Like most pyramid schemes, growing a big economy from a big population will eventually end in tears. Along the way the environment gets ripped up and we all live in towerblocks dependant on increasing levels of technology and crowding to get by. You might like that cyberpunk vision, I do not.

    You missed the metaphor entirely, slow down - i.e. don`t breed so much.

    "I don`t sit in traffic. I AM traffic"

    Wow. Profound, dude.

    Here`s one from your model of economic prosperity
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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
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    October 31, 2011 at 11:28 am
    Funny thing is, only 2% of the Earth has been developed, and only 2% of that is urbanized.

    We have lots of room to populate, we just need to come up with new food sources to handle it.
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    Gafnaz Male 30-39
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    October 31, 2011 at 11:37 am
    It also depends on how fast the NWO planes to kill us...
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    demonveteran Male 18-29
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    October 31, 2011 at 11:39 am
    looks like time for more wars, famine, and plagues.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    October 31, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Like it`s going to matter on December 22nd next year?
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    Trizz Male 18-29
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    October 31, 2011 at 11:55 am
    Apparently if the world was in one giant super city, we could all fit into France with a bit of room to spare. Neat huh?
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    furryblob Male 18-29
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    October 31, 2011 at 12:02 pm
    @Gerry1of1 Yea, when nothing happens again.
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    October 31, 2011 at 12:41 pm
    Its all done with the boinking... Gigidy
  19. Profile photo of patchgrabber
    patchgrabber Male 30-39
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    October 31, 2011 at 12:45 pm
    @auburnjunky: Misleading statistic is misleading. You make it sound like the earth is potentially 100% habitable everywhere.
  20. Profile photo of M_Archer
    M_Archer Male 18-29
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    October 31, 2011 at 12:51 pm
    @MattPrince: And yet--China is only getting more prosperous and more capitalistic. How did that happen?

    You seem to have the train of thought that the environment`s value exists independent of any context i.e. you think the environment should be preserved for the sake of preserved. I think that the environment`s value is judged based on its value to humans i.e. I don`t think the preservation of the environment should come second to humans.

    About your metaphor: I would think that each car has its own lane all heading to a solid brick wall (bankruptcy); the faster you go, the quicker you hit the post. However, each car is independent of each other, and not one affects the other--since wealth is created and not a static quantity.

    And I`m interested in why you think a big population would end in tears--you didn`t really explain yourself.
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    Rick_S Male 40-49
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    October 31, 2011 at 1:05 pm
    I wonder if we`ll level out like wild populations of animals do. When their resources grow scarce, their population growth slows, or reverses. When resources are plentiful, they increase at a faster rate.

    Will this happen to us, or will our intelligence stop that from happening?
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    Arcval Male 18-29
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    October 31, 2011 at 1:06 pm
    We could all be housed in a first world fashion with a garden in an area the size of texas, we`re only using 65% of the arable land (and last yr we grew enough to feed 11 billion), we have as much water as we could ever ened (with a little desalination). I don`t see any reason for people to think we`re going to over populate any time soon.
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    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
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    October 31, 2011 at 1:38 pm
    I like the apt analogy of the overflowing glass.
  24. Profile photo of MattPrince
    MattPrince Male 40-49
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    October 31, 2011 at 2:22 pm
    @Archer
    Like all growth economists your reasoning relies on an unclosed system that can always be topped up from outside. boom and bust is the reality of this thinking. you dont even have to run out of resources, if your population rate exceeds your resource take up.

    Yes i believe the environment has intrinsic value

    What aboug personal space? And dont give me the huge expanse of land per person crap. The future holds increasing migration to bigger cities, plus increased inequality with good chance of social unrest.

    So you planning on bringing progeny into this brave new world or you intending to grab what you can and let the future take care of itself?
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    MattPrince Male 40-49
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    October 31, 2011 at 2:29 pm
    And this i am traffic quote of yours. 17 eh? Did you mean.. i am a passenger in mommies car?
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    cyborg Male 13-17
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    October 31, 2011 at 2:44 pm
    thanks for all the common sense
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    Student_Law Male 30-39
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    October 31, 2011 at 2:59 pm
    Aaarghhh! Get this terrible science nonsense away from my eyes. God created me in one day. Population stops growing when God says it should. Remember, this "population growth" is just a theory!
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    Rawrg Male 18-29
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    October 31, 2011 at 3:47 pm
    Eh, we`ll just kill poor people as soon as we start running out of stuff.
  29. Profile photo of RobSwindol
    RobSwindol Male 30-39
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    October 31, 2011 at 4:11 pm
    Did he just say "Experts can`t agree"?

    Then how the fudge did they become experts?
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    Angelmassb Male 18-29
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    October 31, 2011 at 6:57 pm
    Where is the apocalypses when you need it
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    Jnic815 Male 18-29
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    October 31, 2011 at 7:57 pm
    Pretty cool visualization
  32. Profile photo of Edgarska19
    Edgarska19 Male 18-29
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    October 31, 2011 at 8:59 pm
    @Rawrg
    Or we could kill the rich, and share their wealth.
  33. Profile photo of Khronnus
    Khronnus Male 18-29
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    October 31, 2011 at 9:53 pm
    RobSwindol - This is so simple I`m not typing an explanation. Just this post. Oh, and you`re a douche.
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    October 31, 2011 at 11:28 pm
    If you want to visualize where people come from, just log on to any porno site.
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    October 31, 2011 at 11:38 pm
    When their resources grow scarce, their population growth slows, or reverses. When resources are plentiful, they increase at a faster rate.

    Will this happen to us, or will our intelligence stop that from happening?
    It`s happening every day.
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    missPWNAGE Female 18-29
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    November 1, 2011 at 11:02 am
    I decided when I was 15 that I wouldn`t have my own kids. I will adopt. Mostly for this reason, but for others as well.
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    tacks Female 18-29
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    November 1, 2011 at 1:00 pm
    Makes me want to pee
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    andfrank03 Male 18-29
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    November 1, 2011 at 3:03 pm
    Differential equations!!! I learned something in college.
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    CurlybackJoe Male 18-29
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    November 1, 2011 at 5:36 pm
    Interesting fact, while the worlds population grows.. In my country, New Zealand, where we have a population of around 4.6 million.. Our population is actually slowly declining because we don`t have enough young people to replace the older generation thats dying off.
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    EgalM Male 30-39
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    November 2, 2011 at 10:21 am
    Most of my family members has only had two kids. So with the deaths that happen randomly, were not even replacing ourselfs. It is the cultures that pop out 10 kids that will dominate the earth in short time, since they have plenty of spares.
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    yoda141 Male 18-29
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    November 3, 2011 at 4:32 pm
    Yeah that`s why i wanna adopt. And get rid of catholicism

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