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Tytuł: Overpopulation addressed in Stanislaw Lem's work
Wiadomość wysłana przez: Robert Boettcher w Maj 23, 2014, 02:24:54 am
As far as I can recall, Lem deals with the exponential rise in numbers of the inhabitants on a planet in two books.

In Fiasco it is described in the Section where DEUS describes how the power blocks balances shifted (because of the emerging nations, participating in the project of maintaining the ice ring just like the others, were superior only in the number of their population)

In the Futurological Congress it is the Central Theme and in shortened, abbreviated form handled in the first speech held in the Congress.

I have always wondered why no cultural or economic system on Earth has yet taken into account how many inhabitants consuming how much planet Earth can actually support. All we hear is that we consume to much and that its going to be bad.

But discreet or concrete measures as mentionedin the Congress are not executed in the scope necessary to make an impact so it seems. Or they are not publicly discussed at all.

So I wonder whether the globalized culture of man on Earth is lacking its reason in this vital part of their civilization, namely to sustain its own existence.
Tytuł: Re: Overpopulation addressed in Stanislaw Lem's work
Wiadomość wysłana przez: Q w Październik 08, 2014, 07:19:15 pm
As far as I can recall, Lem deals with the exponential rise in numbers of the inhabitants on a planet in two books.

Lem deals with question of overpopulation in many of his essays and feuilletons (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feuilleton) - expl. "Sex Wars".
Tytuł: Re: Overpopulation addressed in Stanislaw Lem's work
Wiadomość wysłana przez: Terminus w Grudzień 24, 2014, 12:25:16 pm
I have always wondered why no cultural or economic system on Earth has yet taken into account how many inhabitants consuming how much planet Earth can actually support. All we hear is that we consume to much and that its going to be bad.
But discreet or concrete measures as mentionedin the Congress are not executed in the scope necessary to make an impact so it seems. Or they are not publicly discussed at all.
So I wonder whether the globalized culture of man on Earth is lacking its reason in this vital part of their civilization, namely to sustain its own existence.
We can be hopeful that UN is the realization of Einstein's idea of a 'Global Government', a centralized brain of Mankind, that could make any decisions at all - including the ones pertaining food production/distribution, and the flow of goods. As we are well aware, however, UN is not an impressive organization execution-wise. Nothing that UN council decides ever happens, to put that in brutal short.

Either that changes quickly enough, or Mankind will die.