Re: Civilization and Evolution

T&B Schmal (
Fri, 09 Aug 1996 21:35:12 +0000

> Turbo17930 wrote:
> >
> > Civilization... will eventually result in Man's disappearance from
> > earth. Example? Resource use. Only a blind fool fails to recognize
> > that humanity is consuming the finite resourses available to us.

Don't get too wrapped up in cliches. Let's look into a future where
instead of 1% of the earth's population starving to death, 5% do. Maybe
for a few years 10% do. Maybe half of the earth's population dies of
starvation. Eventually we will get down to that match of resources and
people that gets us back to that happy 1%. I don't think anyone can show
that the number will go all the way to zero simply from resource usage.

In four dynasties in China the population soared to close to a billion,
then would drop to half that but at no time did the population drop to

I think you are looking at resources in the wrong way. Yes, there is a
finite anount of ariable land. When it is all being used population
growth stops but that doesn't mean the end of mankind.

Tom Schmal
Never say any man is hopeless, because he only
represents a character, a bundle of habits, which can be checked by new
and better ones. - Swami Vivenananda