Maarten Hofman

Project Manager, Ya'axch
Punta Gorda, Belize

About Maarten

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Languages

Dutch, English, French

Areas of Expertise

ecology and the environment, Ecology and Evolution, Conservation, evolution and intelligent design, science and religion, science, Environmentalism

I'm passionate about

nature - music (playing) - diversity (biological, cultural, lingual, etnical etc.) - earth - evolution

Universities

Antwerp

People don't know I'm good at

gymnastics - writing

Favorite talks

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Maarten Hofman
Posted about 3 years ago
Why do so many think that population growth is an important issue for the environment? Don't they know the facts of demographics?
Family planning is indeed what I had in mind as a more plausible alternative to Hitler or Tse Tung practices. I really think that, taking into account the rising living standards in currently small-footprint countries, it would be worth the effort of reducing projected population increase by half, with contraception, women empowerment, abortion,family planning and policy measures such as decreased child allowance from the 3rd child onwards...
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Maarten Hofman
Posted about 3 years ago
Why do so many think that population growth is an important issue for the environment? Don't they know the facts of demographics?
I was aware of the trend of the figures Hans mentions, and I think he may be right in his way of thinking. The only thing that worries me (and I don't have figures to throw out here unfortunately), is that the world population has been able to reach 7 billion only by using a lot of finite fossil resources (e.g. ground water, minerals,oil, gas, coal, etc.). Sustaining the current population would deplete some of these reserves by 2050 or soon after. Any kind of population increase would only speed up the process, unless humanity manages in the same time span to decrease not only its energy use, but also resource consumption by considerable amounts. Given some market mechanisms currently in place, and the time generally needed for public opinion to change, chances are slim that we will be able to live up to that, even with the current population.
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Maarten Hofman
Posted almost 5 years ago
Richard Dawkins: Militant atheism
Thanks for your book suggestions. I'll pass them on whenever it seems appropriate to me. It is hard to disentangle the reasoning of ardently religiuos people. As a non-believer, I don't know where to start to convince them. I take your book suggestions as my best guess, regarding your experience. I do agree that some people cannot live without their illusion, so choice is always theirs, but I really think that providing information and thoughts cannot do any harm, for they will only register these if they are open to it in the first place.
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Maarten Hofman
Posted almost 5 years ago
Richard Dawkins: Militant atheism
Frank, Kyle, Dave, it is a pleasure to hear that you've all 'breached the wall of faith', even though, as Frank said, live is probably harsher (mentally) when you do so. It is good news to hear that the wall CAN be breached, because I always believed this to be impossible. So you guys are most welcome evidence to refute my believe, so to speak :) Would it be an idea for you to set up a forum for people who 'breached the wall', to exchange experiences of why and how it happened? As a source of inspiration for doubting believers?