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Post Overpopulation, and Dan Brown's "Inferno"
Created by John Eipper on 07/08/19 7:16 PM

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Overpopulation, and Dan Brown's "Inferno" (Enrique Torner, USA, 07/08/19 7:16 pm)

I found the discussion of world population very interesting, and it reminded me of a fascinating thriller by Dan Brown that I recommend: Inferno (2013).

This novel combines the impending doom of the world with a fascinating trip to Dante's Florence and Inferno. There's a group of scientists that are trying to save the world from destroying itself because of overgrowth by causing a plague to compensate for that. In the novel, a character states that "any environmental biologist or statistician will tell you that humankind's best chance of long-term survival occurs with a global population of around four billion."

"Four billion?" Elizabeth fired back. "We're at seven billion now, so it's a little late for that."

The tall man's green eyes flashed fire. "Is it?" (136)

Are you hooked already? It's a spellbinding novel. I wonder if Eugenio Battaglia has read it. You learn lots about Florence and Dante, besides the scientific side of the novel.

Regarding the world's population growth dangers, this is one I don't lose sleep over: I am very confident we'll handle it. With today's scientific advances, and Tor Guimaraes in charge, I wouldn't worry about it!

Scientists seem to be on different sides regarding world's population: some think world's population will eventually start decreasing, even come to a stop. I found a great website with lots of good information, that even includes world population from ancient times to the future (200 million in year 1-8 billion in 2025). This site has an interesting piece of data: "The United States Census Bureau estimates there is one birth every 7 seconds and one death every 13 seconds, with a net gain of one person on earth every 11 seconds." However, family size is decreasing, especially in Spain: they are trying to save the world! Here is the link:


JE comments:  Professor Hilton closely followed the population "problem."  He even hosted a conference in the 1950s or '60s on Latin America's demographic explosion.  I'll see if I can scare up the conference program from my research in the RH archives at the Hoover Institution.

Here's a surprising question from the above link.  Name the world's second-largest city (after Shanghai).  Click and find out.  I never would have guessed.

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