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    2050 is going to be lit.

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    Nigera's most populated city, Lagos (pictured), is among African metropolises poised to become the globe's new megacities.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HeatBlast View Post
    Carl Sagan made it poignant we are a way for the Universe to know itself,
    Yeah I think that's a pretty good quote except I would say that we are a way for the universe to try to explain itself. Even before people evolved you can see this process in all other organisms where an organism's DNA/RNA(its knowledge substrate) only survives when it represents an explanation of its environment. When humans evolved it represented a huge paradigm shift because people could explain things using language and mathematics which allows us to build technology that lets us survive in just about any environment.
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    [IMG]https://ourworldindata.org/exports/historical-and-projected-population-by-region_v32_850x600.svg[IMG]

    2050 is going to be lit.
    The biggest factor there will be the evolution of culture. My guess is that projecting our current understanding of culture into the future is not going to lead to accurate predictions over the long-term.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PC2 View Post
    Yeah I think that's a pretty good quote except I would say that we are a way for the universe to try to explain itself. Even before people evolved you can see this process in all other organisms where an organism's DNA/RNA(its knowledge substrate) only survives when it represents an explanation of its environment. When humans evolved it represented a huge paradigm shift because people could explain things using language and mathematics which allows us to build technology that lets us survive in just about any environment. The biggest factor there will be the evolution of culture though. My guess is that projecting our current understanding of culture into the future is not going to lead to accurate predictions over the long-term.
    Toba is laughing at you...silly puny creature.

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    And speaking of Mother Nature; Male fertility crash accelerating worldwide: study

    The study found sperm counts fell by more than 51 percent between 1973 and 2018. And while sperm counts have been dropping for decades, the decline rate appears to be speeding up.

    “I think it’s a crisis that we [had] better tackle now, before it may reach a tipping point which may not be reversible,” lead author Hagai Levine of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Hadassah Braun School of Public Health told The Guardian.

    Levine added to The Times of Israel that the findings “serve as a canary in a coal mine. We have a serious problem on our hands that, if not mitigated, could threaten humankind’s survival.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadowferal View Post
    And speaking of Mother Nature; Male fertility crash accelerating worldwide: study

    The study found sperm counts fell by more than 51 percent between 1973 and 2018. And while sperm counts have been dropping for decades, the decline rate appears to be speeding up.

    “I think it’s a crisis that we [had] better tackle now, before it may reach a tipping point which may not be reversible,” lead author Hagai Levine of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Hadassah Braun School of Public Health told The Guardian.

    Levine added to The Times of Israel that the findings “serve as a canary in a coal mine. We have a serious problem on our hands that, if not mitigated, could threaten humankind’s survival.”
    Depression, drugs, forever chemicals, pollution and obesity will do that, humans are very good at killing themselves in more ways than one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadowferal View Post
    Toba is laughing at you...silly puny creature.

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    And speaking of Mother Nature; Male fertility crash accelerating worldwide: study

    The study found sperm counts fell by more than 51 percent between 1973 and 2018. And while sperm counts have been dropping for decades, the decline rate appears to be speeding up.

    “I think it’s a crisis that we [had] better tackle now, before it may reach a tipping point which may not be reversible,” lead author Hagai Levine of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Hadassah Braun School of Public Health told The Guardian.

    Is that a really a problem, unless we're doing it to ourselves? Men produce the shit by the millions EVERY DAY and then it shoots it into a sock. Not exactly a finite resource. Survival and cultural pressure to pump out as many kids as possible have dropped. Women aren't going around saying I CAN'T FIND ANYONE TO FERTILIZE MY EGGS!

    People are opting to have fewer babies and later. At some point, natural selection kicks in. What we don't want to be doing is poisoning ourselves though. Thats an important issue to tackle but not just because dudes are only shooting 30 MILLION swimmers instead of 50 MILLION.

    We're kind of good at fu-- reproducing as far as apes go

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    Quote Originally Posted by qwerty123456 View Post
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enviro...-ion_batteries
    Thats just Lithium ion batteries^.

    What's the solution? More paper? Going to need a shitload more acres of tree farms and machines to cut and process them. Everything costs something. You can't recycle every atom. Shit runs out.

    Yeah we have been around for a blink of an eye and in that time have created massive areas completely mined out of nearly every resource, areas so toxic we have to hire people to scare off animals from coming near it, dry lakes we emptied of water, and pollution up the wazoo. How long do you think humanity will last? If you want it to be over 1k more years we are def going to need to steal from the stars as well.

    Disease and warfare are results of overpopulation. Much easier for diseases to spread with more people. Wars happen because someone doesn't have enough resources so they try to take another.\
    Its important to look ahead, but I think you're focusing too much on problems we haven't approached yet. Some of this is like being worried about how to replace the wagon before you even know how to get a horse to pull it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Draco-Onis View Post
    Depression, drugs, forever chemicals, pollution and obesity will do that, humans are very good at killing themselves in more ways than one.
    And of course the denial that problems exist to begin with...as proven by recent events.

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    I mean, the only reason why everyone is so mushed together is because they like to build everything in the same place. There's so much space.

    As for resources, world hunger doesn't exist because there's too many people, it exists because someone with a lot of money wants it to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xilurm View Post
    I mean, the only reason why everyone is so mushed together is because they like to build everything in the same place. There's so much space.
    Practical logistics: Not everywhere is reasonably inhabitable, many places have greater value/utility either for their resources or for preservation as wild spaces. Sprawling spread is usually kinda pointless and wasteful, density rules.

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    THE AMERICAN SOUTHWEST IS CALLING YOU!

    ...nevermind the lack of water.. no, really it's fine...seriously.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Endus View Post
    Capitalism is antithetical to a prosperous, stable humanity.
    Nah, even if presented a choice, 90% of the population would just choose whatever the cheaper solution was in the moment, not whatever is "sustainable."

    Spend twice as much on a burger to have it sustainably farmed? Nah.

    You'd have to convince the entirety of the population that they really need to suck it up and make the tougher more sustainable choices and just go with less out of life than they do... or you'd have to remove their choice in some form. Good luck on the former, and fuck off with the latter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeepBoo View Post
    Nah, even if presented a choice, 90% of the population would just choose whatever the cheaper solution was in the moment, not whatever is "sustainable."

    Spend twice as much on a burger to have it sustainably farmed? Nah.

    You'd have to convince the entirety of the population that they really need to suck it up and make the tougher more sustainable choices and just go with less out of life than they do... or you'd have to remove their choice in some form. Good luck on the former, and fuck off with the latter.
    Why do people choose the cheaper option? Hint: It's why capitalism is antithetical to prosperity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HeatBlast View Post
    Why do people choose the cheaper option? Hint: It's why capitalism is antithetical to prosperity.
    Yep. We're talking greed here, and in my mind that doesn't just mean the bottom line, but also stratification of society. People oriented issues will always be irrelevant and business oriented issues will be enshrined as law. ("Corporate personhood" Corporate welfare, bribery as "freedom of speech," ect..)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xilurm View Post


    I mean, the only reason why everyone is so mushed together is because they like to build everything in the same place. There's so much space.

    As for resources, world hunger doesn't exist because there's too many people, it exists because someone with a lot of money wants it to.
    Resources my person Resources..

    Only finite resources and if people demand to live a certain lifestyle we cannot sustain. Many other big factors such as unfettered capitalism and more nations catching up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edge- View Post
    Practical logistics: Not everywhere is reasonably inhabitable, many places have greater value/utility either for their resources or for preservation as wild spaces. Sprawling spread is usually kinda pointless and wasteful, density rules.
    Oh and also if you believe in this thing called nature and ecosystem building everywhere and anywhere would likely cause it collapse on itself.

    This is great image where the green images are the biomass for all wild animals where the rest if for human consumption and use.




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    Quote Originally Posted by HeatBlast View Post
    Why do people choose the cheaper option? Hint: It's why capitalism is antithetical to prosperity.
    I legitimately don't know what you're trying to say or indicate here, but the reason most things are able to be made cheaper is because it's the easiest way to do something. If you're talking about exploitative labor of people, "green" ways of doing things don't magically get cheaper just because you start paying everyone more.

    The price of the green solution goes up equally.

    If you start trying to force externality costs into goods, that's effectively removing choice, because you're trying to encourage behavior and stop people from doing the easiest/cheapest thing by tacking on artificial costs that don't arise from the simple economics of the creation of the good.

    As for the prosperity thing, that depends on what you consider the most prosperous living. I personally want to live in my own fucking castle, have my own mega yacht, my own plane, do fun shit like ski/eat out/lounge on a beach/etc every single day. Capitalism definitely makes that easier for me. I have more stuff here for my commensurate job and social standing than I would anywhere else in the world. I have a bigger house, fancier car, better computer, better tech, etc. All for cheaper prices. In addition, I get paid more here for the type of work I do than I would most other places, too. So, I get more money, I pay less taxes, and things are cheaper. Win-win-win.

    Anywhere in the EU is vastly less prosperous for my tastes. About the only thing they have going for them over me that I'd want is cheaper health care, but realistically I don't give a shit because 1) I have excellent healthcare and it doesn't cost me an arm and a leg like some people seem to pay. 2) I don't actually use much healthcare because I'm not some unfortunate being with maintenance drug requirements or chronic illness.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BeepBoo View Post
    As for the prosperity thing, that depends on what you consider the most prosperous living. I personally want to live in my own fucking castle, have my own mega yacht, my own plane, do fun shit like ski/eat out/lounge on a beach/etc every single day. Capitalism definitely makes that easier for me.
    You only get that crap in the US if you're born to the right parents these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeepBoo View Post
    I legitimately don't know what you're trying to say or indicate here, but the reason most things are able to be made cheaper is because it's the easiest way to do something. If you're talking about exploitative labor of people, "green" ways of doing things don't magically get cheaper just because you start paying everyone more.

    The price of the green solution goes up equally.

    If you start trying to force externality costs into goods, that's effectively removing choice, because you're trying to encourage behavior and stop people from doing the easiest/cheapest thing by tacking on artificial costs that don't arise from the simple economics of the creation of the good.
    "Externality costs" are in fact real costs that arise from the simple economics of the creation of the good, you're just privileged enough to be insulated from them - insulation which is itself just as artificial as "tacking on externality costs".

    Moreover, "goods being cheaper" is not automatically an indicator of improved quality of life for one simple reason: planned obsolescence. Cheaper goods tend to be significantly less durable, meaning that people ultimately need to buy more of them to the point there's not actually a net reduction in cost for the consumer; all the while generating vastly higher amounts of waste. "Green solutions" entail higher product durability which can and does ultimately save people money over the long term. See: Boots Theory.

    The reason that the rich were so rich, Vimes reasoned, was because they managed to spend less money. Take boots, for example. He earned thirty-eight dollars a month plus allowances. A really good pair of leather boots cost fifty dollars. But an affordable pair of boots, which were sort of OK for a season or two and then leaked like hell when the cardboard gave out, cost about ten dollars. Those were the kind of boots Vimes always bought, and wore until the soles were so thin that he could tell where he was in Ankh-Morpork on a foggy night by the feel of the cobbles. But the thing was that good boots lasted for years and years. A man who could afford fifty dollars had a pair of boots that'd still be keeping his feet dry in ten years' time, while a poor man who could only afford cheap boots would have spent a hundred dollars on boots in the same time and would still have wet feet. This was the Captain Samuel Vimes "Boots" theory of socioeconomic unfairness.
    holy shit, we actually have the nofly list. holy fucking bingle. what?! :3

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadowferal View Post
    You only get that crap in the US if you're born to the right parents these days.
    As opposed to anywhere else in the world where it's just not even a possibility or you STILL have to be born to the right parents (but the pool of "right" parents is just much smaller)?

    The US has vastly more millionaires than anywhere else in the world. The only conclusion I can draw from that is that it's easier here than anywhere else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeepBoo View Post
    As opposed to anywhere else in the world where it's just not even a possibility or you STILL have to be born to the right parents (but the pool of "right" parents is just much smaller)?

    The US has vastly more millionaires than anywhere else in the world. The only conclusion I can draw from that is that it's easier here than anywhere else.
    Or that the US's economic structure is better set up to consolidate money for the right families.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BeepBoo View Post
    The US has vastly more millionaires than anywhere else in the world. The only conclusion I can draw from that is that it's easier here than anywhere else.
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