Is Overpopulation the End?

The world’s population does not seem like it gets talked about enough. And when it does, it’s usually by somebody with gloomy predictions and shallow understanding. To solve both of these problems, here is one of the world’s most beloved statisticians talking on the subject for an hours.

Key takeaways:

-Population hits a peak in developed countries. This is largely due to the drop in infant mortality rates inspiring parents to try having less children, contraceptives and education, and a general shift in cultural norms and lifestyle.

-The global population is estimated to peak at around 11 billion. The additional four billion people will almost all come from Asia and Africa, the least developed parts of the world.

-We have reached ‘peak child’. The population is still growing, but the number of children on Earth has reached its peak. The older and smaller generations will die off and be replaced by the younger, big generations. Once the current, peak generation of kids becomes the oldest segment of the population, the peak of eleven million will be reached.

-Our perceptions of the current quality of life in different countries is completely wrong, because the world’s development in the past 50 years has been drastic to say the least. You would be embarrassed at your results of a “which country has a higher infant mortality rate?” test.

-The poor tend to all look the same from where we’re at, the top segment of earners. However, a person living on less than one dollar a day (the definition of extreme poverty, currently on billion people), who doesn’t know if there will be enough food on the table each day, is living a radically different lifestyle that the person living on ten dollars a day. Extreme poverty can be eradicated.

-The bottom fifth of people (stacked by income) can hardly afford a pair of shoes

-The second from bottom fifth of people hope to buy a bicycle, a transformative investment

-The next fifth of people will invest in a motorbike

-The second-from-top fifth will buy a car

-The richest fifth of people can travel by airplane

-The few megawealthy can contemplate space travel

-The top fifth of earners currently consumes more than what we think is possible for everybody to have. Population does not have to be the end of us, as long as our consumption is kept efficient and low.

Transformational Problem Solving

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This is helpful in demonstrating one of the most useful laws that humans miss- resistance is not always the way to stop something. It’s a balance of give and take ❤

I have been blessed to have this and much more shared with my through an amazing program offered by SAGE – Senior Advocates for Generational Equity

Is Bill Gates Evil?

I just watched a video of Bill Gates on MSNBC, talking about “Clean Energy, Donald Trump, And Stocks”. It was dope. He’s a strong speaker, and incredibly well informed on his areas of interest. He’s also particularly good at admitting what he doesn’t know, and dodging invitations to emotional or critical statements.

He has a strong air of, “not only do I know about the crazy shit people would want to argue with me about, and not only have I researched and considered those things, but I am on top of my shit to such an extent that I can remain silent as the ridiculous swarms of bullshit pass by and try me.” (This parts more of an opinion).

He talked about Trump with the calmest tone of anybody who’s, let’s say, trying to save the world from climate change, and overall made me feel pretty optimistic. Sweet video, I’d recommend it.

And then- I clicked on a suggested video called “Bill Gates just met with Trump at Trump Tower, look what he said” by a channel called “end times prophecy news” (youtube hasn’t forgotten my intense interest in all things end times from a few years ago).

I didn’t watch much of it. I glanced over some of the comments, restrained myself from jumping into the ridiculous conversations, and wrote a lone comment that I think anybody could benefit from, especially somebody as fascinated by conspiracies as I once was. I share it with you now:

Background: People believe that Bill Gates is evil

“One would have to study a tremendous amount to really understand the motives of Bill Gates and the world in which he operates- and then, I think they would realize that he is a pretty normal (except really smart and successful) guy who is doing his best to make a positive impact.

Having been consumed in conspiracies for some years of my life, I find it amazing how confidently people speak of understanding the world situation, even as they’ve done almost no background research. One can easily find a self-confirming stream of information that will make you feel like you know what’s going on. Yes, the mainstream is dumb, but an easy answer to the situation is preying on that very dumbness, not curing it.

Religion is the classic, simple explanation of why things are the way they are. We can come to conclusions quickly, having hardly tapped the potential of our own understanding. We can be loud, critical, and dogmatic- completely ignorant to how we would otherwise be able to actually change somebody’s mind.

If we stop defending what we know, and start trying to disprove it, we are finally on the path to truth.”