[ExI] Population growth & Life-Extension

Adrian Tymes atymes at gmail.com
Fri Aug 27 16:32:07 UTC 2021

On Fri, Aug 27, 2021 at 9:26 AM Ben Zaiboc via extropy-chat <
extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:

> On 27/08/2021 17:02, Adrian Tymes wrote:
> On Fri, Aug 27, 2021 at 2:25 AM Ben Zaiboc via extropy-chat <
> extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:
>> Graph showing effect of life-extension on population growth:
>> This assumes that extreme longevity will reduce the desire to have
>> children, which seems a reasonable assumption, given the usual real reason
>> for having kids (to look after you in your dotage). Note the extreme
>> difference between having an average of 2.5 kids and 2. Note also that 2
>> kids per couple is no longer 'replacement rate', as there is no death. Of
>> course there still would be, but from accidents etc., not from ageing.
> True, the usual reason would go away - but with no death, people with
> other reasons would have a lot longer to have and raise kids.
> Ok. So how much would that affect things? Would it negate the benefits of
> life-extension?
> I realise we don't know the answer to that, but is it a reason to say "No,
> let's not bother with life-extension, it won't help"?
Hell no.  Again I say: continued population growth is a net benefit.  Yes
it has problems, but those are outweighed by the advantages.  If we can
have life extension AND population growth, so much the better!
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