Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Overpopulation, Or Just Another Psyop?

The last vlog I posted was about belief and the wisdom of questioning what we believe. In my experience, the beliefs that hurt us most are those we notice least.
I keep hearing the global population estimate of aproximately 7 billion unquestioningly stated as a fact. Even people who don't accept that there are too many of us, never challenge that figure. But it is an estimate, and its source is the UN! Can we really assume that their estimate is accurate? TPTB have a long history of fudging data to suit their agendas, so I don't think it's unreasonable to ask.
Their numbers don't really make sense. It looks like something really awful happened to Afganistan in 2008, but the first seven years of war and occupation supposedly coincide with a huge population boom! According to this graph, the population of Iraq is steadily growing since 2000. Who'd 've thunk it? And, is this a joke?
I can't say for certain that the 7 billion estimate is wildly wrong, but I have doubts about it when I consider the following:
1. Most developed countries in the Northern hemisphere have reported birth rates of less than replacement levels for decades.
2. China, the most populous country in the world, instituted a one child per couple policy in 1979. This has greatly reduced population growth for two generations. A second child is sometimes permitted, but only if the first is a girl. There are now 120 boys for every 100 girls born in China. Those extra 20 boys will not count towards future reproduction.
3. The world's total alleged population has more than doubled since 1965, and rural populations continue to be urbanised, yet almost no new cities have been built in that time.
4. Shouldn't massive population growth, in conjunction with increasing automation of human labour, have resulted in greater unemployment than we see?
5. The estimated world population is partly based on estimated birth and death rates. Are the multitude of soft-kill projects and fertility reducing toxic assaults being corrected for? What about all the children who disappear?
Is it just me, or is this beginning to sound a lot like climate "science"?

It isn't hard to see how our belief in overpopulation benefits TPTB. Just imagine if world population wasn't increasing, or (more likely) increasing far more slowly than estimated. If growth rates are falling faster than claimed, then future population projections are wrong as well. If we didn't believe there are too many of us...
Would we still think life is cheap?
Would our perceived value as individuals increase?
Would we seriously demand to know why our living standards keep falling?
Would "little me" feel a bit bigger?
Would we believe we need to compete to survive?
Would we feel more generous?
Would we accept all this centralised and punitive control?

Just asking.

6 comments:

  1. Love it. It's always a good idea to ask 'why do we think that?', even though the practice has become terribly unfashionable of late. If we don't really know how the answer's been obtained, we can't exactly believe it at face value. That's not to say it's wrong, of course. And we might not understand the science, but we can still ask the same question of those who do: 'why do you think that?' One of my personal favourites at the moment is Hubble's constant. Purely for interest, but I can't quite seem to find the bottom of that rabbithole.

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    1. Thanks, Speedbird.
      Asking, "Why do I think that?" is a great habit of mind! It's an especially good query to make whenever we notice the tell-tale discomfort of cognitive dissonance. That's when we have the best chance of revealing unconscious beliefs. It's frustrating to live in a world in which nearly every source of information is tainted by politics and/or ego. It's really disappointing to realise that the field of science is as bad as any other when it comes to stating theory as fact. Skepticism never gets applied to the belief systems of skeptics. Debunkers are usually just as careless of facts and assumptions as are the debunkees. I start to wonder if there are any honest people left in the world. If I could have a superpower, I'd want the ability to always know what is true and what isn't. I'd rather have that than any other thing in the world!

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  2. Good to see you back.
    It is generally known (although not widely broadcast) that the human race is in a state of zero population growth and has been for a while. The proof - If you take a pair of everybody (man & woman - with some leftovers to pair!), they reproducing an average of 1.3 children. In other words, put 2 in and get 1.3 out.
    People sadly can't see this because we have such a huge global population already. It is ironic that it takes time for ZPG to be noticeable!
    But, as you point out, I'm sure there are also other factors that are rarely considered.
    All the best.
    Carl (The 'Guide)

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  3. Hi Carl.
    Thanks for pointing that out. The constant hand-wringing about overpopulation is unrealistic, and almost certainly about engineering a belief that human lives have negative value.
    Of course, "The Report From Iron Mountain" recommended exactly that stategy: humanity as its own enemy. I don't believe the author's claim that the report was satire. Satire has a particular flavour, completely missing from TRFIM. But if I'm wrong, and is made-up, then Leonard Lewin is not only a poor satirist but also the most accurate psychic who ever lived.
    All the best to you too.

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