One Finite Planet

May 31, 2016

My Journey To Understanding Population.

My Journey To Understanding Population.

Population is a complex area. To arrive at my current point of understanding, it took me a number of light bulb moments over the years since 2013, with many realisations shattering some of my previous beliefs, and sometimes taking years to be ready to take the next step.

Here is a recap of my journey, and if you can move quickly from step to step, then you can absorb information faster than I can, but perhaps this information will inspire others on their own journey.

One Finite Planet: Both problem and mission.

One Finite Planet: Both problem and mission.

One, because given it took 4 billion years before life could exist on the surface of this planet, it is going to take a long time to ever find another.

Finite, because no matter how obvious it is the planet is finite, it is large enough for us to mistakenly overlook that the planet being finite impacts everything from the environment to the economy.

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Population Explosion: What happened to get to 8 Billion people?

Population Explosion: What happened to get to 8 Billion people?

Humanity has just experienced a population explosion. Whether you believe we are overpopulated or not, the facts are that we have just had a population explosion. Over two centuries of population peaking at 50x higher than the long term population growth, and peaking at 100x higher during the baby boom. Yet the explosion occurred with women having less babies than ever before, even during the baby boom, and is ending all by itself. So what caused the boom, why a population explosion when birth rates are falling? Will our population grow until we are living life like battery hens?
Overpopulation: starvation is the last symptom.

Overpopulation: starvation is the last symptom.

The Myth: Starvation will provide a warning of overpopulation. The Truth: In nature, we define overpopulation as when sustaining the population results in damage to the environment. Plagues are a problem were before the plague population starts to starve. Starvation will be a consequence only when overpopulation has resulted in environmental collapse that will result in a rapid population collapse. Starvation is useless as an indicator, by the time there is starvation all environmental food reserves have been consumed, and catastrophe is then unavoidable.
Reference
Economic Activity: An Obsession With An Illusion Of Prosperity.

Economic Activity: An Obsession With An Illusion Of Prosperity.

Why Population growth even before the explosion?

Why Population growth even before the explosion?

Optimum Population: nature’s birth control.

Optimum Population: nature’s birth control.

Wealth & Happiness Vs Population: Farming Humans?

Wealth & Happiness Vs Population: Farming Humans?

The Population Growth Economy Ponzi schemes.

The Population Growth Economy Ponzi schemes.

Ghost cities and ghost homes: housing finance crisis?

Ghost cities and ghost homes: housing finance crisis?

Can Peter Dutton repair the democracy ‘loyal opposition’.

Can Peter Dutton repair the democracy ‘loyal opposition’.

The innocent child assumption: even Hitler?

The innocent child assumption: even Hitler?

the surprises hiding in life expectancy numbers.

the surprises hiding in life expectancy numbers.

The Threat Of Gatekeepers: Extortion that drives inflation and eventually a dystopia?

The Threat Of Gatekeepers: Extortion that drives inflation and eventually a dystopia?

Economic Growth: The Holy Grail, Or Another Myth?

Exploring The Roles Of Employment In Society.

Exploring The Roles Of Employment In Society.

Peak Population 2055: Really? That soon?

Robots & Job Terminations

The Potential Scale and Impact of population growth: 7 trillion humans?

Wealth Tax: Good Idea? Bad Idea?

Opportune Arguments: Confirmation Bias Weaponised.

Opportune Arguments: Confirmation Bias Weaponised.

Population on a Finite World: No Vacancies.

Population on a Finite World: No Vacancies.

Narrowcast disunity: where does it lead?

Free Will: An Essential, But Dangerous, Illusion.

Free Will: An Essential, But Dangerous, Illusion.

Carbon Capture and Storage: When it works, and why it doesn’t for work ‘blue hydrogen’.

Carbon Capture and Storage: When it works, and why it doesn’t for work ‘blue hydrogen’.

If the earth is overpopulated, so what?

Politics. Left & Right: Merit = Wealth?

What should we fear: The link from fear to hatred.

Lead, Crime and Justice

The Housing Price Trap: A global bubble?

Left Vs Right: Ideologies Clash And Outrage

Peak Population: We May Never Return.

Peak Population: We May Never Return.

Economic Cost Of Peak Population: Market Crash in Japan, China, The World.

My Body My Choice: Polarization and Outrage, But Who Is Pulling The Strings?

Population Growth Advocacy: Mislead Immigration Support, or Greed & Tribalism?

Population Growth Advocacy: Mislead Immigration Support, or Greed & Tribalism?

A Crisis Of Truth: Do ‘Alternate Facts’ Represent A Threat To Humanity?

A Crisis Of Truth: Do ‘Alternate Facts’ Represent A Threat To Humanity?

Births Per Woman: Not quite what you would expect.

Births Per Woman: Not quite what you would expect.

Overpopulation solutions? See it as a ratio, not a number.

Overpopulation solutions? See it as a ratio, not a number.

Environmental Damage: The Overpopulation Indicator

Environmental Damage: The Overpopulation Indicator

Novak Djokovic Australian Open Adventure(AO 2022)  A Shakespearean Style Tragedy?

Novak Djokovic Australian Open Adventure(AO 2022) A Shakespearean Style Tragedy?

Djokovic: Rescued from PR Disaster By Australian Leader “Scotty from Marketing” Morrison!

Djokovic: Rescued from PR Disaster By Australian Leader “Scotty from Marketing” Morrison!

Jobs in the ‘ECO’ age part1: outsourced & offshored?

Industrial/Growth Age vs Information/Eco Age

The population ‘catch 22’

All Free? The Tech Industry is so dumb!

Population: Brace, the slow down has started!

Biden vs Trump: A World Changing US Election?

Biden vs Trump: A World Changing US Election?

2020: Trump ‘wins’ on election Night?

2020: Trump To Declare Victory on election Night? Violence and Intimation? (revision II)

OK, Election day over, who won and what now?

OK, Election day over, who won and what now?

Winners! but.. without the senate?

US Election: Why The Flip The Switch States?

Donald Trump: Victory Still Possible?

What if Trump isn’t lying?

US 2020 Election: Never ending story

US 2020 Election: Never ending story

System Failure: USA, Jan 6th 2021

System Failure: USA, Jan 6th 2021

Off Topic Surprise: Aslan Karatsev and how self- image can mask ability.

Search: What Search Results do others see, and can search hurt me?

Trump: Real Problem, No Solution

Influence Industry / Free Tech / Social Media: Index

Australia: Climate Policy Fail? Or Democracy Fail?

Coffee: How many cups a day is ok, or even beneficial?

The Limitations of Perception

How long can/should/will population growth continue?

the economic impact of population growth and immigration

Dilemma: Should Facebook own the Internet (or world)?

Peak Child: When, and what does it mean?

Peak Child: When, and what does it mean?

Lessons from Trump: For The Democrats and the World

Population Growth Change Lag: The Population Pipeline

Population Growth Change Lag: The Population Pipeline

Microsoft and newspapers join forces to fight Google

The Google Persuasion: Delaying the inevitable?

Monopolies: A global trend?

The New Economics of Population Growth in a Finite world

Wealth Inequality: Who wants More Inequality?

Population – Wealth Equations

A herectic look at sport

Solution: A quota system with equity?

Sport and Gender Equality

Race, Racism and Skin Colour: what does ‘race’ determine?

Democrats: Self Sabotage?

Tribalism: Good, neutral or bad?

Free Education? Why not user pays?

Australia: Per Capita Recession?

Populist right vs Economic Conservatives

Alert: A seismic shift to right for Australia, signal of a worldwide problem

Timeline
Population Explosion: What happened to get to 8 Billion people?

Population Explosion: What happened to get to 8 Billion people?

Ukraine: Putin and China, method or madness?

Ukraine: Putin and China, method or madness?

WWIII?

WWIII?

Salami Tactics Battle In Ukraine: What Can Be Done To Stop Russia, and China, and Potentially, WWIII.

Salami Tactics Battle In Ukraine: What Can Be Done To Stop Russia, and China, and Potentially, WWIII.

The Irony of The Bloomberg 2020 Campaign

The Irony of The Bloomberg 2020 Campaign

ScoMo Ingenious EV Plan: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, leading climate action blocker, stretching the truth again?

ScoMo Ingenious EV Plan: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, leading climate action blocker, stretching the truth again?

So Long Mr. Putin, And Thanks. But Meanwhile….?

So Long Mr. Putin, And Thanks. But Meanwhile….?

Obama and Xi Jinping announcement: a huge step for climate action? Or a backward step?

Trump: Conceding? Or Plotting?

The G20 outcome, a plan to make the earth a worse place?

Foreign fighters: Is it really a surprise that ISIS/ISIL can recruit from the west?

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s Australia Day Surprise: Another title for Prince Philip. Foolishness, or other motives?

Australia: Yet another prime minister?

Australian Budget: Ignorance or Lies?

Brexit and Trump: Common Theme?

Brexit: Litmus test, Labor vs Liberal

Syria: Why Assad did not use chemical weapons to kill Syrian citizens

The AUKUS FUKUS Fracas: Submarines, Really?

Lord Trumpemort And The Coup Eaters.

Why wait? We should end population growth NOW!

Why wait? We should end population growth NOW!

China Population Surprise: Peak Population in 2022.

China Population Surprise: Peak Population in 2022.

Paradox Resolved: Why The Population Explosion Is Ending and birth rates falling.

Paradox Resolved: Why The Population Explosion Is Ending and birth rates falling.

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All: May 31, 2016

Next steps for mankind don’t include the Sci-Fi dream of a new home planet.

There is a dream, often explored in science fiction, where humanity inhabits not just one planet, but many.

While the dream is still centuries away, as is ‘Earth 2.0‘, the reality, working towards small outposts on Mars or the Moon or even beyond is overwhelming compelling and can provide many rewards.

Humanity may get back up outposts, but for centuries, will have no real second home, and over 99% of us will still need to live on our one finite planet.

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The Growth Age is Over

The reasons the growth age is over are: the unprecedented population growth has come to an end there are no more ‘new worlds’ further improvements

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