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Population

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.

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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.
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Optimum Population: nature’s birth control.

Optimum Population: nature’s birth control.

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

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

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?

the surprises hiding in life expectancy numbers.

the surprises hiding in life expectancy numbers.

Peak Population 2055: Really? That soon?

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

Population on a Finite World: No Vacancies.

Population on a Finite World: No Vacancies.

If the earth is overpopulated, so what?

The Housing Price Trap: A global bubble?

Peak Population: We May Never Return.

Peak Population: We May Never Return.

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

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

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

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

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

Industrial/Growth Age vs Information/Eco Age

The population ‘catch 22’

Population: Brace, the slow down has started!

How long can/should/will population growth continue?

the economic impact of population growth and immigration

Peak Child: When, and what does it mean?

Peak Child: When, and what does it mean?

Population Growth Change Lag: The Population Pipeline

Population Growth Change Lag: The Population Pipeline

Monopolies: A global trend?

Immigration: A Political Confidence Trick

Lessons from SciFi: Future Expansion

Environmental footprint and maximum population.

Population: just how did the ‘engine’ switch off

Ageing population: a problem, or myth with an agenda?

Ageing population: a problem, or myth with an agenda?

Population: Why more than the current change is required.

The population lag: the first reason for the contradiction.

Farming Humans and Future Population.

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

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

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

Brexit and Trump: Common Theme?

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.

Topics and Subtopics.
All: Population

Why Population growth even before the explosion?

Throughout history, although no other species on Earth has experienced such long term overall population growth, even before the recent population explosion, the human population kept slowly growing.

Yes, we recently had an unprecedented population explosion, driven by is hidden by by the near elimination of previously tragic infant mortality, but against the background of long term growth, many of us never didn’t even realise their was an explosion.

But what drove population growth even before the explosion? What will now happen as the explosion ends?

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Ghost cities and ghost homes: housing finance crisis?

Anyone who believes in indefinite growth in anything physical, on a physically finite planet, is either mad or an economist.”

Attributed to Kenneth Boulding in: United States. Congress. House (1973) 

This applies to not just to population growth, but just maybe also to the growth in value of housing.

This page is a look at ‘ghost cities’ and ‘ghost homes’, and the window they provide into how distorted investment can become in the pursuit of growth.

The end result of the distortions can be overvalued assets funded by highly leveraged ordinary citizens. If that is the case, not just with ghost cities but beyond, the correction will clearly present a financial crisis.

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Peak Population: We May Never Return.

For the environment, our peak population will be a nightmare. This page explores alternatives for the future of population, and the possibility that the current peak population will be the last time there are ever this many humans on Earth.

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Optimum Population: nature’s birth control.

What controls population in nature? Why is overpopulation rare? Predation and resource constraint are commonly suggested answers, but in practice these alone would result in repeated huge population swings.

Human birth rates are falling at a rate that has some fearing population collapse, but is there reason for alarm, or might this be a natural response to the threat of overpopulation?

Determining whether our future is population one of continued growth, collapse, or stability, almost certain requires understanding lessons from nature and examining how they apply to us.

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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.

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