Exponential/Hyperbolic Rates

Don Ashley dashley at TENET.EDU
Sat Feb 25 21:35:40 EST 1995


Care to offer differentiation of terms and supportive theories about
population management regarding impending breakthroughs in immortality
technology? 

Your comment would be stimulating for both stances on LE societal 
consequences.



On 24 Feb 1995, Brian Rauchfuss - PCD wrote:

> In article <3hovu7$g1o at canopus.cc.umanitoba.ca>,
> Ken Wolfe <kenwolfe at access.mbnet.mb.ca> wrote:
> 
> 
> >In <Pine.SOL.3.91.950212144723.16568A-100000 at corona> Patrick O'Neil <patrick at corona> writes:
> >>natural resources, and our societies and economies cannot handle the 
> >>results of significant life extension.
> 
> If significant life-extension is available but is denied, is this really 
> different from mass-murder?  Would it not be better, at least to offer
> people the choice between reproduction and life-extension (note that 2 or
> less children per couple does not create an exponential population problem).
> 
> >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, 
> 
> The current population growth is not exponential.  The growth rate for the
> last 400 years has been hyperbolic (much worse than exponential!) and the
> growth rate for the last 20 years has slowed greatly.  I am not sure if there
> is any way to model population to predict the future.
> 
> 
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