[extropy-chat] [SALT] The DEpopulation Problem, this Friday (for forwarding)

Natasha Vita-More natasha at natasha.cc
Wed Aug 11 14:57:23 UTC 2004

Forwarded from Stewart Brand from the Long Foundation:

>Birthrates are plummeting worldwide.  Already half the world has 
>"sub-replacement" birthrates. The dearth of babies coming means the makeup 
>of human populations is about to change drastically, and that will affect 
>everything.  Radical population increase defined the 20th century; radical 
>population decrease could well define our current century.  This form of 
>decrease---losing the young and keeping the old--- is something humanity 
>has never experienced before.
>"The Depopulation Problem," Phillip Longman, Friday, August 13, 7pm, Fort 
>Mason Conference Center, San Francisco.   Doors open for coffee and books 
>at 7pm; lecture is promptly at 8pm.  Special showing of Robert Frank's 
>1969 film "Liferaft Earth" at 7:15pm.  You may want to come early to be 
>sure of a seat.  Admission is free (donation of $10 very welcome, not 
>Phillip Longman, author of the excellent new book, THE EMPTY CRADLE, is a 
>senior fellow at the New America Foundation in Washington, DC.  His book 
>will be on sale at the talk.
>"Demography is destiny," as they say.  Every single 20-year-old of 2023 is 
>already born---as is, where is.  We were the first humans to experience a 
>global doubling of population in a single lifetime, and now we learn it 
>was the last doubling.  It turned out to be urbanization that stopped 
>exponential population growth (half the world now lives in cities).  So 
>far we have no idea what will stop exponential population decrease.
>This is one of a monthly series of Seminars About Long-term Thinking, 
>given every second Friday at Fort Mason, organized by The Long Now 
>Foundation.  Future speakers in the series include Danny Hillis, Paul 
>Hawken, Michael West, Ken Dychtwald, Laurie Anderson, and Jared 
>Diamond.  If you would like to be notified by email of forthcoming talks, 
>please contact Simone Davalos--- simone at longnow.org, 415-561-6582.
>You are welcome to forward this note to anyone you think might be interested.
>                                 --Stewart Brand
>Stewart Brand
>The Long Now Foundation - http://www.longnow.org
>Seminars: http://www.longnow.org/10klibrary/Seminars.htm

Natasha Vita-More
President, Extropy Institute  http://www.extropy.org
Founder, Transhumanist Arts & Culture  http://www.transhumanist.biz
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