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Population Management For Increased Lifespans

Don Ashley dashley at TENET.EDU
Tue Feb 14 00:14:36 EST 1995

Ken, Thanks for your positive thoughts about population management for 
the future.   Don

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.
> >Patrick
> 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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