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

Emlyn emlynoregan at gmail.com
Wed Aug 11 13:15:44 UTC 2004

I would have called it "DePopulation Bomb", but that's probably why no
one asks me to speak anywhere :-)


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----- Original Message -----
From: Natasha Vita-More <natasha at natasha.cc>
Date: Wed, 11 Aug 2004 07:57:23 -0700
Subject: [extropy-chat] [SALT] The DEpopulation Problem,
	this Friday (for forwarding)
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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 required).

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,

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

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