comments Comment Thread – April 27, 2018 By eamaxwell on 27 April 2018 • ( 2 Comments ) Categories: comments Tagged as: academia, conversation, discussion, ecology, faculty, grad school, Grad students, research, research community, Science
Regarding Casey terHosts post on the “The Avengers: Infinity War has an important ecological lesson”:
I enjoyed reading the post about how overpopulation at the root of many modern/future ecological problems links to the motivation of the movie’s villain.
I also agree with a good part of the conclusions drawn by the author and while I hope that a general discussion on the issue will start sooner than later I feel rather pessimistic about its potential success. Be it socio-cultural, economical, religious, historical, political, personal, etc. – about any other dimension of the question is quite literally a bee’s nest when advocating for a conscious decision to have fewer children. This proposed (drastic) solution requires a certain degree of abstraction and retraction of personal interests (weighing of options on a long-term scale with little to no personal gain whatsoever (many may consider it even a loss)) that links probability of consideration tightly with how close to K we come.
I have very little insight as to how much of this bigger question of overpopulation is being discussed and investigated in other fields with regards to possible alternatives or implementation attempts of the fewer children-solutions, aside from China’s one-child policy (which had strong effects on the sex-ratio of newborn children). If anything this post spurred me to look more into it.
Thank you for the post.
All of this is very much linked to my personal feelings and impressions and I mean no offense to anyone’s life decisions about children.
As a quick follow-up: I did not mean to endorse China’s One-Child Policy as a good solution. The misery it brought to many children who happened to be born outside of the politically enforced quota and live without official registration as a citizen and all of the connected problems (involving human trafficking among other terrible consequences) sets a strong example for how very much of a flawed attempt to tackle the problem, this policy was.
see also: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heihaizi