Debunking the Myth of Overpopulation

Posted: April 20, 2011 by Alan Shlemon in Etcetera

I met the President of the Population Research Institute this past weekend while I was speaking in Portland. He showed off some clever, but short and funny videos that debunk the notion of overpopulation and other myths. What’s cool is that they also provide the science behind their claims. Check out some of their videos.

  1. Brett Kunkle says:

    Thanks for this info, Alan. My 16-year old gets hit with this stuff from her public high school teachers.

  2. Rob says:

    I think you might misunderstand the power of exponential growth. If population grows at say 2% annually, then the time required for the population to double is about 36 years. When you start with a small population it takes a lot of doubling time periods (the 36 years) to reach our current population. But, how long until we reach 12 billion people? Yup, just 32 more years. How about 20 billion? Yup, 72 years. How many more doubling periods can we keep this up for? There is a limit to growth. In fact there is a great book by a group of MIT professors titles ‘Limits to Growth’ that talks about exactly this. Also, you might consider watching Professor Bartlet’s life work on exponential growth:

    This is a much bigger issue than what a few simple marketing videos make it out to be.

    • Thomas Loghry says:

      Yes, but that’s assuming that all remains constant and that the population actual increases rather than decreases. With such variations, such a simplistic mathematical conclusion would not be accurate.

  3. Rob says:

    Population has been growing exponentially since the beginning of time. This is simply a mathematical fact. And there is no good reason to make us believe this will magically reverse course. Anyone who thinks otherwise is simply ignoring the facts.