Cognitive Thrift 13 – Population

In-Sight Publishing

Cognitive Thrift 13 – Population

Scott Douglas Jacobsen & Rick Rosner

May 23, 2017

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Scott Douglas Jacobsen: That leads to a population implosion, which seems like the major concern in Japan and Singapore, for instance. 

Rick Rosner: A population implosion is not the worst thing in the world if it’s uniform. What people worry about is being overwhelmed by – this whole area gets tricky, you want to avoid racist characterizations, you start getting in the Herrnstein and the other guy, those arguments are icky and fallacious, and they tend to blame victim for unfortunate economic situations.

Jacobsen: Our arguments apply across or within the species. It does not matter the nation or ‘group.’ If you are wealthier, if you are less religious, if women have more rights, and if you are more content in general, then your birth rate will be lower and this could lead to issues around population being below replacement rate.

Rosner: Yea. Though, being slightly under replacement rate wouldn’t be the worst thing if it applied to the entire world, the population gradually dropping from 7.3 billion to 7 to 6.5, or even lower, over a couple generations would buy us some leeway to deal with some of the problems we’re having with having so many people.

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Rick Rosner

American Television Writer


Rick Rosner


Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Editor-in-Chief, In-Sight Publishing


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