Academic journal article Mankind Quarterly

The Coming Age of Scarcity: Preventing Mass Death and Genocide in the Twenty-First Century

Academic journal article Mankind Quarterly

The Coming Age of Scarcity: Preventing Mass Death and Genocide in the Twenty-First Century

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The Coming Age of Scarcity:

Preventing Mass Death and Genocide in the Twenty-first Century Michael N. Dobkowski and Isidor Walliman Syracuse University Press, 1998

There is a constant flow of information about the current Third World population explosion which - notwithstanding the belowreplacement birthrate amongst the European peoples in the more advanced European states - still results in a doubling of the world population every twenty-five years. Yet academic and public opinion seems happy to ignore the resultant ecological threat which overhangs not merely humanity but most higher life forms on this earth. Modern astronomy has revealed the essentially brutal nature of the universe, which is a place hardly favorable to the long-term survival of any living organisms. Yet the one small orb on which we know for sure that life exists seems to be an even more cruel place, where humankind seems by its own actions to be close to dooming itself and its closest of biological kin to future disaster.

Life itself is rooted in intense competition to reproduce and control the breeding grounds and resources that make it possible to sustain life. As this reviewer has so often commented, it is not the meek who will inherit the earth, but the more fertile. Intelligence is only selected for if it assists the species or sub-species to survive from generation to generation. In a natural environment intelligence developed because it facilitated survival of the lineage, but as the human animal accumulated substantial cultural accretions, these have sometimes distorted the application of intelligence into directions which were not conducive to survival. …

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