Population Management With 'Immortality' Developments
dashley at TENET.EDU
Tue Feb 14 00:22:09 EST 1995
Did you notice the choice of the term 'Population Management'
rather than 'population control'?
The latter tends to elicit authority resistance, as does any term
incorporating the word, 'control'. Authority resistance impedes
communication and creative ideas.
The preferred term promotes cooperation and progress.
On 14 Feb 1995, Ken Wolfe wrote:
> In <Pine.SOL.3.91.950212144723.16568A-100000 at corona> Patrick O'Neil <patrick at corona> writes:
> >Significant life extension is not tenable, at least not until (and IF) we
> >begin to colonize space or other planets...how far off is THAT? In such
> >circumstances, billions of people with longer lifespans might not hurt
> >and might even be a benefit. Until then, the planet, its biosphere, its
> >natural resources, and our societies and economies cannot handle the
> >results of significant life extension. ( I would NEVER support it for
> >only those who can afford and exhorbitant price for it either)
> >Unless there is another planet sitting around for us to expand onto, or
> >unless everyone will accept strict population control methods, then it
> >cannot work. The problems are the same, to varying lessor extents if you
> >are only considering minor life extensions.
> Actually, both life extension and space colonization are irrelevant to
> the conclusion that either humans will curb their population growth or we
> will get it curbed for us. If you take our current exponential
> population growth rate and project it a few thousand years in the future,
> you will eventually get a solid mass of human bodies expanding outward in
> all directions at the speed of light. Life extension would make that
> point come just a little sooner. Obviously, long before then growth
> rates would have been curbed, by fair means or foul. Space colonization
> would just slightly delay the point at which the rate would have to drop.
> Best regards,
> Ken Wolfe
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