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The Coming Unavoidable Population Bottleneck

In the last two centuries the world's nations have, in an order closely related to their relative technical modernity, one after another, gradually become effectively ungovernable.
Example: the world's governments, collectively and individually, cannot control catastrophic global warming. This claim can be elaborated upon in subsequent discussions.
The many other examples, I could quote , including the last century'd progressions of increasingly large-scale wars, with their increasingly devastating weapons of mass destruction, then imply that our future guarantees the worst effects of the symbolic "Horsemen of the Apocalypse" We cannot avoid both widespread localized starvations, multiple local genocides, and huge war casualties, all on a sufficiently large scale to reduce world population by several factors of ten.
The raw material to prove those contentions is already scattered throughout these conversations, and I hope their various authors will respect each others discussions, and append their applications to this conversation.


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  • Sep 25 2012: make your best solution design an execution plan see if you make an impact ?
    • Sep 25 2012: Solutions very well may not exist.
      If they do, they lie out there in the collective intelligence. TED's task, here, is to enlist that resource, and evoke any possible solution. The risk, as always, is the same that all medical personnel face constantly: "To do no harm!!"

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