Ask A Genius 198 – Overpopulation, Religion, Government (Part 2)

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Ask A Genius 198 – Overpopulation, Religion, Government (Part 2)

Scott Douglas Jacobsen & Rick Rosner

June 14, 2017

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Jacobsen: Well, if you take both examples, if you take the biggest religions in the world, they account for half of the population in the world; if you take the largest country in the world, you have a national secular policy for control of birth rates and who has kids, and how many.

Each have different forms of control of reproduction, which, for the most part, amounts to control of women generally. These are different manifestations of similar phenomenon, which might be similar phenomenon across primates of controlling female reproduction.

Rosner: Yes, this promotion of reproduction, which controls the push to make more – which governs all animals. All organisms. I am sure you can find some exceptions. It is probably as close to a universal as you’ll find in evolution. I am just guessing.

For humans, that will be coming not necessarily to an end, but it will fall more and more under overt human control, where we will be more and more in charge of what we want to do with the human population.

Whether we want to keep expanding it, for more than 100 years, people have or some people have been worried about increasing human population. The drive or the sex drive—now, that is something under societal consideration.

The things that drive us to make more people will more and more come under our consideration and control.

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Rick Rosner

American Television Writer


Rick Rosner


Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Editor-in-Chief, In-Sight Publishing


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