Suburban Senshi iChat #1256: “The Most Important Video you may ever see”
#1256: “The Most Important Video you may ever see”

 Sat Oct 13 05:44 2007 - Logging Started (suburbansenshi-chat)

Mizunomics01> I wasn't able to sleep, so I found a friend online who pointed me to a very interesting series of videos, comprising a lecture given by a famous University of Colorado Professor on Energy Resources, Population growth, and just how much trouble we are in.
Mizunomics01> There is a little bit of math, but it's explained clearly and it's very simple.
Mizunomics01> If you have the time to spend watching it (these 8 parts) you may find it very, very instructive.
Mizunomics01> If for nothing else, because it shows how even a little bit of gradual growth can have catastropic consequences within our lifetime, and how the "facts" being given to us by the nonscientific media do not jibe with even the simplest scientific calculation.
Mizunomics01> What follows is Dr. Albert A. Bartlett's presentation on "Arithmetic, Population, and Energy."

 Sat Oct 13 06:01 2007 - Logging Stopped (suburbansenshi-chat)


If we ever get arcologies, as Paolo Soleri envisioned, wouldn't the need for "massive urban sprawl" go away, allowing the outside to be reclaimed by nature (or at least the city's Parks and Recreaction department)? People wouldn't choose 2-D urban life when a 3-D urban environment is available, just like we diginauts have chosen to inhabit the World Wide Web rather than dialing up various BBS's.

"There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact."
- Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi

Bogey • 10/15/07 12:06am

Oddly enough, I remember reading science journals way back in junior high that at the current rate of consumption most of the planet's natural resources would be exhausted by the middle of this century. And we've all heard the reports of how the global population is expected to reach upwards of 12 billion by the end of this century.

I'm inclined to agree that the popular media places entirely too much faith and optimism in technological advancements to offset population problems. Unfortunately, the reality is going to be a slap in the face for us.

Ultimately, Earth is going to be transformed into a hive-world composed of huge arcologies surrounded by massive urban sprawls surrounded by huge swathes of depleted landscape. Water is probably going to have to come from high-volume reclamation and refiltering plants combined with massive desalination. And, of course knowing how humans are, there's going to be a HUGE economic disparity between the people who live inside the arcologies and those who live outside...because why would any "civilized" person want to brush elbows with the likes of "wasteland" dwellers?

The only "good" thing would be that with the climate changes food production will likely decline sharply, resulting in shortages even in 1st-world nations that would ultimately result in the worldwide decline of obesity ( although unfortunately combined with an even larger increase in worldwide malnutrition and starvation because GOD FORBID some of the gluttonous slobs out there should EVER have to go on a diet!!!! ).

Solarchos [e-mail] • 10/13/07 08:34pm

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