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Chantal Soldini

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What can we do to improve human population control?

Besides world hunger, poverty and inequality, humanity faces another social phenoma: over-population. I recently read Dan Brown's newly published book Inferno. The book talks about over-population and (spoiler alert!) how a plague was produced to leave 1/3 of the population infertile.

It got me thinking, if we did find the technology to do this, would we do it? Should we? Then again, isn't reproduction a basic human right? Yet, this same right is making our already limited resources even more limited.

What do you think fellow TEDizens. Are we taking enough initiative as it is regarding birth control? Are campaings of contraceptive methods enough or should we have a more radical approach? There are already countries that support the idea of population control, amidst them China and India. Is this enough?

Let me know what you think.

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    Oct 28 2013: Hi Chantal,

    I don't think "we" are in a position to control anything.
    The notion of control itself has problems ..
    I think that humans get into trouble when they assume they are qualified to control .. it quickly becomes a power-lust, and humans already have way too much power.

    Try thinking of it in terms of adaptation?
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      Oct 28 2013: Hi Mitch,
      I particularly like your point of view. You are absolutely right when you say that power can cloud our judgement, but isn't reproduction our responsibility and therefore something we already control? I also agree that overpopulation can be something we can approach as something we have to adapt to instead of keeping it under control, yet, what of the change is too fast and we can not adapt in time? We as a species might be able to adapt, but the environment around us might not.
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        Oct 28 2013: Hi Chantal,

        I think we already have the in-built mechanisms that regulate population.
        But the fear of death prevents us from responding.

        The media is now telling us that women's education is the key - and I think there's an element of truth in that.
        But our modern concept of education is flawed.
        Children are not "educated" - they learn all by themselves - the community must accommodate that learning and provide resource to assist the inquiry of the student.
        One does not educate a child, one simply allows the child to learn - the questions come . answer them.
        Ken Robinson has a lot to say about that - it's worth looking at his TED talks.

        The true reason for overpopulation is the collapse of community governance - it has been replaced by expanding mercantilism.
        So .. the answer is not control .. merchants control us now - just stop them doing that and we have our solution.

        I think that when communities reject power, they become more matriarchal - it is the woman who chooses who and when mating occurs. Patriarchal communities tend toward violence and force.
        • Oct 30 2013: Yes, we do have a mechanism that regulates the population. It is the finite nature of the planet we are on. That regulator kills children when adults average too many babies.

          Frankly, this is a disgusting regulator to use and that is the regulator that we have always used.
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          Nov 7 2013: I am chinese when i birth that time was most strictly policy control population so directly outcome cause many poor family became more poor and someone choose run away around the country.The fact convince this approach have some affect that control population but make other impact out off people thought that is the only child problem.As this problem occur
          society have more competive sence not the cooperative because thouse younger from little years old themselves learn must posses self things not know what is share and cooperative .So control population is necessary and take some measures solve occur problems at thesame time.

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