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Lethe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-26-06 12:01 AM
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150,000 people die every day on Earth
Edited on Thu Oct-26-06 12:04 AM by ikhor
150,000

our problems aren't so bad
:)
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GoddessOfGuinness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-26-06 12:08 AM
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1. But 200,000 people are born every day...
It won't take long for us to run out of room...
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Lethe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-26-06 12:14 AM
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3. for each species, there exists a exponential curve
Edited on Thu Oct-26-06 12:20 AM by ikhor
approx 17,000 children starve every day, so they don't live to procreate

as explained by my zoology professor:

for each species, there exists a exponential curve. It skyrockets, until a limiting factor(s) is met, and then continues on in a sine wave(ish) fashion. This drives the natural selection of the species. (the ones that survive have variant traits that are selected for)

humans are 3/4 of the way up.

the scary thing is, like all other organisms, humans will hit multiple limiting factors, and we will be heavily selected for/against

at least you didnt die today

:)
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GoddessOfGuinness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-26-06 12:34 AM
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7. Still, the 17,000 that starve
are among the 150,000 that die. The total population increases by 50,000 every day. I can't help wondering if AIDS, drug-resistant bacteria, mysterious incurable diseases, and possibly our own bloodthirsty behavior are Nature's way of restoring balance.
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billyskank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-26-06 06:10 AM
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9. Why of course it is
It is arrogance to think that humans have conquered nature. Far from it - we are utterly dependent on nature for everything. Diseases are simply one of the consequences of increasing population. (Wars too, I dare say). It will only get worse until the tide turns and the population starts depleting. It's gonna be ugly, that's for sure.
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-26-06 12:11 AM
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2. Strangers die every day
                daily born   daily died

2006		358,522	     155,012

US Census Bureau worldwide estimate
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Lethe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-26-06 12:29 AM
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5. this came as kind of a shock to me
but apparently nobody cares :(

i mean, thats a LOT of people.
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Quantess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-26-06 12:33 AM
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6. Cheer up!
Did you know that someday, you too, will die?
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Quantess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-26-06 12:28 AM
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4. Death is part of the life cycle.
Sorry to rain on anyone's parade, but, if babies kept being born and no one died, that would be a lousy arrangement.
I asked mom about this at age 10 or so, and she said pretty much what I'm telling you today.
Try asking Patricia Heaton (Everybody Loves Raymond "Debra"), for a different answer.
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rug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-26-06 05:00 AM
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8. How many at sea?
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