Thursday, January 29, 2009

Will Naked Apes Take Over the World?

"Unless we can colonize other planets on a massive scale and spread the load, or seriously check our population increase in some way, we shall, in the not-too-far-distant future, have to remove all other forms of life from the earth."*

That was written in 1967!

Author Desmond Morris apparently thought we were pretty close to a population crisis, but I was baffled by his estimation of what will happen in another 222 years:

"In 260 years' time, if the rate of increase stays steady - which is unlikely - there will be a seething mass of 400,000 million naked apes crowding the face of the earth."

We now have almost 7 billion. I don't know, is the rate if increase staying steady? I think it's growing exponentially! We might be there soon...

*Morris, Desmond "The Naked Ape Trilogy: The Naked Ape, The Human Zoo and Intimate Behaviour" (Random House, UK: 1994) p.162


Blogger Devil Mood said...

Scary!! Stop having so many kids, people!!

4:49 p.m.  
Blogger Phronk said...

8 billion? Seriously? Man, I guess I haven't thought about it since I was taught 6 billion as a kid.

We're all gonna die.

8:14 p.m.  

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