Neglected aspects of the population numbers problem
Only a few parts of this document have been translated to English. Originally published in full in Russian February 14, 2007 at www.biotic-regulation.pl.ru/Russian/brr-dem.htm; moved to www.bioticregulation.ru January 11, 2009.
- I. INTERNAL DEMOGRAPHIC PROBLEM
- I.1. Population load of children and the elderly
- I.2. Speculations around the internal demographic problem
- I.3. Developed versus third world countries: why the established relationships are dangerous
- I.4. Developed countries versus petroleum exporters: why the established relationships are dangerous
- I.5. Can oil remain a free market commodity?
- II. EXTERNAL DEMOGRAPHIC PROBLEM:
POPULATION AND ITS ENVIRONMENT
- II.1. Natural individual territory as the basic human right
- II.2. How and why the basic human right got permanently violated
- II.3. Urbanization and the genetic program of Homo sapiens
- II.4. Stability of the human-friendly environment
- II.5. "Living standard" and employment rate, two misleading indices of life quality
- II.6. Culture as a drug in the overpopulated world
- CONCLUSIONS: What is to be done?
- APPENDIX 1 (Lotka's equations as the quantitative bases of demography)
- APPENDIX 2 (What is the main problem of the modern civilization?)
- APPENDIX 3 (Legal property right and free market economy)
The demographic problem has two parts, of which one is a focus of intense social debates across the world, while the second one largely remains in the shade, despite its by far greater importance.
The first part concerns the internal population problem — how the population can stably persist in an environment presumed to be practically unaffected by the population. That is, how the working part of the population can most efficiently provide for the living of the non-working part of the population (children and the elderly), at the same time retaining high competitive capacity of the population as a whole.
The second part is the external problem of how population can survive in the environment, which — in reality — is profoundly affected by functioning of the population itself. In other words, how to preserve an environment suitable for the population existence? This fundamental problem, as we show, is directly related to the inherent biological and ecological rights of Homo sapiens, e.g., to the mental health of humans. Namely this primary problem had to be solved first of all by each new species evolved during the four billion years of life's existence. If a biological species successfully solved the first, internal problem, but could not solve the second, external one, the species had no chances of survival. It was discarded by natural selection as an evolutionary error. In the meantime, while laying so much emphasis on the first problem, modern humanity is effectively totally ignorant of the importance of the second one. In Appendix 2 we discuss why namely the external demographic problem is the greatest survivorship challenge for humanity.
In this article we analyze the demographic problem in all its integrity from the point of view of natural science. How many people can inhabit the planet without violating each other's inherent, genetically encoded rights? What are these inherent biological and ecological human rights? What are the causes of the present-day limited understanding and primitive interpretations of the population numbers problem? What societal formations in the modern world are pregnant with most danger with respect to the stability of the civilization? What is going on today and what should be done in the future, if one wants to ensure a future for the humanity?
We start by considering possible solutions of the first problem and how it is generally approached in modern societies.