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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 had a population explosion. A period of population growth that peaked at rate over 100x accelerated above the average over human history. Why? Not because of more food, the industrial revolution, or improved farming or access to fossil fuel, but due to modern medicine.
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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: starvation is the last symptom.

Overpopulation: starvation is the last symptom.

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?

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

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

Population: Why more than the current change is required.

The population lag: the first reason for the contradiction.

Farming Humans and Future Population.

Timeline

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

Brexit and Trump: Common Theme?

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

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

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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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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Population on a Finite World: No Vacancies.

Every niche on Earth where life is possible, fills to maximum capacity with life, meaning except for brief periods following Earth changing events, there have been no ‘vacant’ liveable environments for over 4 billion years. Any increase in population of one species, requires a reduction in numbers of other species, in a process Darwin declared “survival of the fittest”.

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One Finite Planet: Why the site title?

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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