Ivor O’Connor

February 4, 2014

Future Apocalypse?

Filed under: Uncategorized — ioconnor @ 1:25 am

I was watching and reading this interview http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/21/elon-musk-interview_n_4613227.html and was surprised by the pessimism and talk of religion.

  • “I’m more optimistic than Stephen Hawking or Martin Rees, the head of the Royal Society in Britain. He thinks it is quite likely that our civilization will end in this century. I hope he is wrong.”
  • “The birth rate is inversely correlated to wealth, education and religious. The wealthier and more educated you are, the less children you have. Religion, however, is closely correlated to having children. The more religious you are, the more children you have. This is true across countries and within countries.”
  • “Religious extremism. If that grows over time, particularly if it is an anti-science Luddite form, is an obvious threat.”

I’m also surprised he feels the need for increasing our world population. Seems we humans are an out of control virus. We currently have about 7 billion people on the planet and it looks like we will have 10 billion before there is any hope things will get under control. My own point of view is that we would be better off at under 1 billion people. I suppose one person’s utopia is another person’s apocalypse. Though I hope my utopia is achieved by people realizing they are capable of doing much more than having families and the world population rights itself through attrition. Not via zealots with bibles and pitch forks.

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