View Full Version : How much people does it take to make the world overpopulated?

01-16-2011, 05:58 PM
The most baffling of the ancient paradoxes is probably the Sorites Paradox, attributed to Eubulides in the 4th century BC. The word “Sorites” comes from Greek sōros, “heap”, and the riddle is sometimes also called “the paradox of the heap”. The conundrum lies in two assumptions which, by themselves, seem totally reasonable, but combined together, quickly lead to a bizarre conclusion.

Assumption 1. A single grain of sand is not a “heap”;
Assumption 2. If some sand is not a “heap” initially, one more grain won’t make it a heap.
Conclusion: No finite amount of sand qualifies as a heap.

The proof is simple. Let N be any finite number, as big as you like. We claim N grains of sand don’t make a heap. By the first assumption, one grain isn’t a heap. Now apply the second assumption over and over: 2 grains aren’t a heap; nor 3; nor 4… after N-1 steps, we’re forced to agree, N grains of sand do not a heap make. Since we proved this for an arbitrarily large N, that means no finite graincount is high enough!
What can we learn from Eubulides’ puzzle? The most important lesson is that language is inherently vague.

We can apply this to world human population:

One human isn’t overpopulation, and a non-overpopulated world surely has room for one more person. Conclusion: no finite population qualifies as overpopulation. Another exciting breakthrough courtesy of The Riddler!

Do you blindly accept the overpopulation threat?

Do you question things?

01-16-2011, 06:23 PM
We can live comfortably with 9 billion

01-16-2011, 06:50 PM
it's not the number of people, it's the number of food.

01-16-2011, 07:45 PM
^^exactly. but is the issue is mostly not phrased that way.

As long as there are food, clothing and shelter, what's the problem?

01-16-2011, 07:47 PM
We can live comfortably with 9 billion

How tall and wide could a highrise building be before it is too large?

netscape check two
01-16-2011, 08:01 PM
There are already too many people, expecially when so many of them are fat asses.

01-16-2011, 09:09 PM
How much is too much and why is it too much?

And too much of who -who is too much and who is not too much?

What do the 'too much people' look like?

01-16-2011, 09:12 PM
If you believe there are too much people in general, then you should back up that belief with action by not reproducing.

Are you willing to back it up like that?

Uncle Steezo
01-19-2011, 04:08 AM
check has no penis.

01-19-2011, 08:49 AM
I think 100 Trillion would be fair.

netscape check two
01-19-2011, 11:24 AM
Style likes to bathe with a countless amount of fat asses at one tme.

01-19-2011, 11:29 AM
I think 100 Trillion would be fair.

Most people do not live that long to reproduce the necessary amount of offspring to reach that number.

Wars, disease, accidents and all that keep population in check.

Bottom line, the world probably cannot ever be overpopulated.