Friday, February 06, 2009

Up next: a screeching halt

Have you met my good friend e^x? No? Then repeat after me:

If something cannot go on forever, it will stop. --Stein's Law

If something cannot go on forever, it will stop. --Stein's Law

If something cannot go on forever, it will stop. --Stein's Law

And we still worry about the value of stocks. No no, my friend. The real issue is that there's just too many of us being born already. That will stop. Either we will do it willingly, or the environment will impose it on us whether we like it or not.

So, which one shall it be? The gentle way, or the brutal way? Have we learned anything from our history that could enable us to make a prediction?

3 comments:

jarober said...

You do know that in the industrialized world, population is either stable or falling, and that current trends have world population peaking in 2050, and then falling (fairly rapidly, as it happens)?

Andres said...

Hopefully so. However, it has not happened yet. Also, assuming it happens, what do we do until then? And how will we adapt to the change? I'd like to see us doing more homework in advance.

Alex said...

I totally agree, population cannot grow on forever.

I recomend this book: Ishamel.
It is mind opening, just like smalltalk, =)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ishmael_(novel)