Understanding the Exponential Function (Resources and Overpopulation)


A discourse on the talk by Emeritus Professor Al Bartlett –

“The greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential function.”

Here we find great wisdom, dealing with the fundamental issues facing our planet’s future. More to the point, our human civilization.

Bottom line – “We cannot let other people do our thinking for us

I have long believed that our obsession with growth, (population, GDP, profits, dividends, assets), is illogical if based on non-sustainable resources. Completely sound logic but not for everyone, apparently. Here is the mathematical proof.

So many different issues affecting our lives and more importantly, our future generations, are made clear. Relatively simple basic facts enable us to connect to and understand the motivations, sometimes the lack of motivations, of our collective human race, that underpin the very survival of our civilization.

A later video to be checked out:

Important factors relating to population control: An extract: [Words in parentheses are my additions]

Table of Options:

Increased Populations         Decreased  Populations

  • Procreation                               Abstention (Education)

  • Motherhood                             Contraception/Abortion

  • Large Families                         Small Families

  • Immigration                             Stopping Immigration

  • Medicine/ Public Health      Disease, (Medicine/Vaccinations)

  • Sanitation                                 (With-holding assistance)

  • Peace                                           War

  • Law and Order                          Murder/Violence

  • Scientific Agriculture               Famine/(Scientific Agriculture)

  • Accident Prevention                 Accidents

  • Clean Air                                     Pollution/Smoking

  • Ignorance of the Problem        (Education)

Related Issues:  [My opinions]

Population, decrease/hold/reduce?  No allowance is being made for the hugely different living standards of the various demographic and stage-of-development population groups. The overpopulation, already an issue, is not so much a factor as the disparity of living standards.

Ineptitude of scientific thinkers and reporting. So many scientists and published information are completely wrong or misleading. Countless examples in AL’s video prove the amazing degree of incorrect information promoted by supposedly educated and responsible people. Because of this he stresses that his students consider the facts and understand them! So should we!

Problem with carrying the mathematical growth rate too far. (Assuming it will be allowed to occur).  His hypothesis is that the end result is basically terminal. It assumes that no intermediate changes will occur. Fine when demonstrating his point, but he fails to consider that changes can be expected to take place in practice that will alter the trend and result in departures from his mathematical models.

An unchanging goal of growth rates would result in a complete collapse of civilization, but many practical responses will at least slow or delay an otherwise inevitable end point.

NWO agenda explained. Now we come to the nitty gritty. (Spell check thinks this should read “nutty gritty” 🙂 ) Here is the justification for a rapid reduction in population growth, which is taken further by the NWO powers who go for a reduction, not just in growth rate, but of the actual population total. This is confirmed by Bill Gates – (ref https://tgrule.com/2013/01/28/bill-gates-says-global-vaccination-program-is-gods-work/)

“After all, it was Bill Gates himself who stated as much publicly when he said,

“The world today has 6.8 billion people… that’s headed up to about 9 billion. Now if we do a really great job on new vaccines, health care, reproductive health services, we could lower that by perhaps 10 or 15 percent.””

I believe that we can reasonably agree with Prof. Bartlett that there is a serious survival problem resulting from our not understanding the mathematics when correctly applied to resources and human population, and, of course, not doing much about the understanding. But there are those who already do understand but consider that the solution is world government and a reduction in “useless eaters”, a redistribution of wealth and resources to the the hierarchy, following the right hand column of the “population options” above, and achieving survival of the richest.

Other options are more palatable, but extremely difficult to adopt. Whatever measures are contemplated, they must achieve the reduction of population growth rate to zero, or even a negative if done humanely, (China has attempted this with a “one child” policy, not without issues, but for the correct reasons).  A cessation of wars would have the reverse effect but would provide our children’s children with a reason to respect their forebears, (as distinct from thinking we were insane). All the resulting manpower and funding would facilitate clean water and healthy food resources for the poorest and the development of a sane, humane world.

Well, I can dream, can’t I?

Publishing this without a thorough editing and checking, so it might yet get updated.

Comments might result in a better overall presentation. This is a vast subject, requiring much more research and effort to do it justice, it can never be a complete post but it might get the message across satisfactorily.

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About Ken McMurtrie

Retired Electronics Engineer, most recently installing and maintaining medical X-Ray equipment. A mature age "student" of Life and Nature, an advocate of Truth, Justice and Humanity, promoting awareness of the injustices in the world.
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One Response to Understanding the Exponential Function (Resources and Overpopulation)

  1. hartek says:

    Thanks for sharing this post. “the Golden Rule”. Al Bartlett, quite a personality he is. Thanks for sharing those videos too.

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