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The Big Idea for Sunday, January 19, 2014

An overcrowded, resource-depleted planet is the kind of dystopia that environmentalists and Malthusians warn us about if we don't change our ways.

In today's lesson, however, the computer scientist Ramez Naam argues that these fears are unfounded. For one thing, population trends aren't going the way that models predicted they would. Moreover, Naam argues, the more people, the merrier, as "human brains are the sources of ideas and ideas multiply all other resources and make your life better."


  1. 1 Ideas Are Our Greatest Natural Resource
    Big Think Editors Big Think TV
  2. 2 Population’s Paradox: Balancing Earth’s Two Planets
    Joel Cohen
  3. 3 Population, Part 2: Why 21st-Century Nations Want People to Have MORE Children
    David Berreby Mind Matters
  4. 4 Is There Room for 9 Billion of Us? Demography In A Nutshell
    Jason Gots Floating University

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