More People, Better Earth — Part 2

{Read part 1 of this series.}

There is a pervasive persistent popular misconception. It goes this way: that the world is like cows grazing on a pasture. If there are a lot more cows than the pasture can sustain, then at some point given enough time, the cows will deplete the available grass and the pasture will be exhausted and that will be the end of the story.

This is obviously logically true. But that’s because cows don’t increase the capacity of the pasture; they only deplete it. Cows don’t have the ability because they don’t have brains that develop technology to increase the carrying capacity of the pasture. But humans are not cows. Humans have the ability to increase the capacity of the land they have by inventing resources they need.

Recall that resources don’t exit in nature. All resources are human-made. Sure nature provides the raw materials but they only becomes resources after humans invent appropriate technology that transforms stuff into resources. Continue reading “More People, Better Earth — Part 2”

More People, Better Earth — Part 1

One of the more compelling reasons for understanding how the world works is that it helps in reasoning ourselves out of wrong ideas. I speak from personal experience. Among all sorts of wrong ideas, I used to think that overpopulation was one of the reasons that some countries are poor. The logic was not wrong — only the underlying assumptions were wrong. I wasn’t any stupider than I am today. I was only less informed about what the world is about than now. Now I know better only because I have had the time and the inclination to learn how the world is.

The logic of something can be water-tight but if you begin with wrong premises, the conclusion will be wrong. You have to get the premises right to have any hope of reaching correct logical conclusions. Continue reading “More People, Better Earth — Part 1”

Freedom to Discriminate

Anirudh asked:

What about a hospital that denies treatment to a person based on their race/religion? What about a hospital that agrees to treatment or waive off the bill, subject to the condition that the customer convert to their religion?

That was in response to my post on “Anti-discrimination Laws” where I stated my position on the matter  —

I have two, and only two, rules with regards to discrimination: First is that every entity (individual and collective) should have the freedom to discriminate to its heart’s content without interference from third parties. The second is that the government must be strictly forbidden to discriminate against any person or group. Continue reading “Freedom to Discriminate”