catmoon wrote:Dire warnings have aways been with us. A classic example is a book tited The Population Bomb which sold over two million copies, scared the bejazus out of everybody, and whose predictions never came to pass. The author predicted in 1968,
-a substantial increase in the death rate in the next two decades. It fell 30%.
-that India could not possibly feed a population of 600 million. The current population of India is 1.2 billion, and since the book was published poverty and malnutrition rates in India have fallen from 90% to 40%
-that we were on the brink of global mass starvation. UN stats on undernourishment are that global rates have fallen from 33% to 16%.
The author still does not admit to having made a single major mistake.
That all the doomsayers in the past have failed does not mean that mankind will never have to face the consequences of its actions. This bubble will pop.
Huseng wrote:It brings to mind that I'm probably going to die prematurely...
viniketa wrote:Define "prematurely". Life expectancy has climbed dramatically in recent years. Fifty years ago it was between 60-70 for most counties (African states typically lower).
You seem preoccupied with death and doom recently, Huseng. Is this some form of electronic Chöd?
gyougan wrote:That all the doomsayers in the past have failed does not mean that mankind will never have to face the consequences of its actions. This bubble will pop.
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