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I'm a British mathematician, been in the Netherlands for 35 years ("chercher la femme"). Recently became a double proud grandfather. Have a compulsion, but it's not secret, to want to correct miscarriages of justice involving abuse of science, see Dhamaka's plea

THE 9-11 was my 50th birthday. That's why I use it in my internet name, but English fashion, 11-9. The other part is my surname.

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Worried about climate change?

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I'm not worried by climate change. I'm worried by overpopulation - harbinger of the four riders of the apocalypse: hunger, pestilence, war, and death. Add pollution (air, water, earth, sound ...) while we are at it.

Actually better not to worry too much. Carpe diem!
29th Apr 2009, 13:13   | tags:,,,


Dhamaka says:


29th Apr 2009, 18:01

JokerXL says:

Famine, Pestilence, Death... and the other one

29th Apr 2009, 19:43

Dhamaka says:

Practhett has him as SOAK

29th Apr 2009, 20:19

Rich says:

Mmmm. Both issues are kind of intertwined. It's not really an either/or situation, and overpopulation's a massively relative issue.


29th Apr 2009, 20:39

gill1109 says:

@Rich: indeed the issues are intertwined. Looking at the science I believe that global warming is for real, but I am not convinced that human activities are the main cause. There is a school of thought (and it does not just consist of persons subsidised by the oil industry) that the next ice-age is just around the door, as a completely normal thing, and a warm blanket of CO2 is actually just what we need to stave that off for just a couple of years. But so what? The effects of over-population on the environment are very plain to see - decrease in natural diversity, a brown pall of smog over the whole world (look at the horizon) which I believe is more human origin than volcano origin. I think that overpopulation is a massively massive issue since it does lead to war, plague, and famine. And as far as I can see we have been getting more and more dangerously close to these riders of the apocalypse throughout the 20th centrury to now. I don't think that we who sit comfortably in the developed world are going to be immune to them. At the same time democracy is withering away (we now just have bread and circusses) and our states are at the same time weaker and more totalitarian while alternative states (maffia etc) are getting stronger and stronger.

30th Apr 2009, 09:59