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Human population control

Postby animartco » Wed Aug 07, 2013 11:32 am

Population control of apex predators ex. human. Most apex predators control their populations by fighting other troupes or prides, or by a male killing any offspring that are not his own or by only allowing the alpha female of a troupe to breed. In the past humans have had similar checks but at the moment the only viable checks to overpopulation are starvation or disease. This is an anomaly in global ecology. All other species (OK perhaps not rats, but this is because they live so close to man, and have a constant food source) have a working mechanism in place. We used to have (even in Victorian times servants were discouraged from reproducing) working mechanisms in the past, very similar to those of other apex predators, but they have disappeared. Can anyone think of a check more humane than starvation or disease that might be acceptable for use today?
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Postby JackBean » Mon Aug 12, 2013 11:45 am

they do not kill the offspring to control population size :-/ At least not in the sustainable-let's-live-forever way
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Postby animartco » Sat Sep 07, 2013 3:27 pm

WE don't know why they do it. The current explanation is that they want more of their own genes rather than someone else's to carry on to the next generation. Perhaps we give them that motivation because it is our own motivation for war. (the genes of the tribe rather than the individual) But there is no reason why animals cannot see 'the bigger picture' even more easily than we can. They live closer to reality than we do.
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Postby JackBean » Tue Sep 10, 2013 1:28 pm

Now YOU are putting your thoughts into their "minds". Everything suggests the animals are not able to think of the future and plan resources-usage accordingly.
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Postby animartco » Tue Nov 19, 2013 2:08 pm

JackBean wrote:Now YOU are putting your thoughts into their "minds". Everything suggests the animals are not able to think of the future and plan resources-usage accordingly.

Ooh Jack! What precisely suggests that animals don't plan for their futures? I think most of the evidence suggests that they do. There is in fact far more evidence of 'animal planning' than of any long term human planning! Do you need examples?
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Re: Human population control

Postby bioduchamp » Tue Nov 19, 2013 2:59 pm

haven't they had a plan in China since the 70s?
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