Thursday, February 23, 2006

Revisiting Malthusianism

So I'm back to debating with Brian, a fellow Wanderer, about what's really in short supply: physical resources or intelligence?

What's lacking I'm thinking is more contextual / alchemical. We need some new myths (means good stories, not untruths).

I'm taking the standard Fuller School line here. The Hunger Project took a similar tack (i.e. tried to "shift the context") but people got cynical hearing talk like that.

My views are more popular in the developing world, which sees lowering birth rates through raising living standards as the only ethical way forward. Global energy grid etc. etc.