[FoRK] SciAm on the possibility of Malthusian food shortages

Stephen Williams sdw at lig.net
Wed Aug 27 09:20:22 PDT 2008


Jeff Bone wrote:
>
> On Aug 27, 2008, at 12:40 AM, Stephen Williams wrote:
>
>> Jeff Bone wrote:
>>>
>>> Another data point...
>>>
>>>  http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=are-malthus-predicted-1798-food-shortages&ec=su_malthus 
>>>
>> Which does nothing to even suggest that Anti-Malthusians are right.  
>> There is nothing in that article but comfort that we will continue to 
>> solve our problems, and even lays out the obvious solutions we 
>> already have on deck.
>
> Aren't those two sentences a contradiction?
Yep, flip the sense of the first one.  It clearly gives the history of 
success of Anti-Malthusians and suggest nothing that shows that they are 
about to be wrong.
>
> I posted this only to support the following point:  the meme is out 
> there, being considered seriously.
Yes, a very old and usually present meme is still there, apparently 
still broken.

sdw
>
> jb



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