Overpopulation is the root of all evil.

It's both fascinating & distressing that hardly one seems to tie almost all of our current problems back to overpopulation. It's as if the word "overpopulation" has been erased from the collective psyche of humankind, even though humankind continues to reproduce at an alarmingly prolific rate.

For example: one of the most pressing issues today, global warming, is discussed, dissected & disputed up the wazoo, but in none of the discussions is overpopulation ever cited as a root cause. Obviously, if human activity causes global warming, then more human activity will cause more global warming - or, to put it another way: the more humans there are, the more human activity there is; the more human activity there is, the more global warming there will be.

But no one is willing to discuss the impact of the size of human population in relation to global warming. I'd like to know why.

And it's not just global warming, either - standards of living are eroded by overpopulation, wages are brought down, infrastructures & healthcare are degraded, shortages become more pronounced - for example, the water shortage in California: it's amazing how California is forced to grapple with its water problems every year as its population swells anarchically, and yet, no one seems to even think, "Hey, maybe the size of our population has something to do with our chronic water shortages." Why is that? Is it a deliberate lack of consideration of that aspect of the problem, or is it just plain stupidity? 

How getting in sync with your partner can lead to increased intimacy and sexual desire

Researchers discover a link between nonverbal synchronization and relationship success.

Sex & Relationships
  • Scientists say coordinating movements leads to increased intimacy and sexual desire in a couple.
  • The improved rapport and empathy was also observed in people who didn't know each other.
  • Non-verbal clues are very important in the development stages of a relationship.
Keep reading Show less

How humans evolved to live in the cold

Humans evolved to live in the cold through a number of environmental and genetic factors.

Image source: Wikimedia Commons
Surprising Science
  • According to some relatively new research, many of our early human cousins preceded Homo sapien migrations north by hundreds of thousands or even millions of years.
  • Cross-breeding with other ancient hominids gave some subsets of human population the genes to contend and thrive in colder and harsher climates.
  • Behavioral and dietary changes also helped humans adapt to cold climates.
Keep reading Show less

Stan Lee, Marvel co-creator, is dead at 95

The comics titan worked for more than half a century to revolutionize and add nuance to the comics industry, and he built a vast community of fans along the way.

(Photo: GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
Culture & Religion
  • Lee died shortly after being rushed to an L.A. hospital. He had been struggling with multiple illnesses over the past year, reports indicate.
  • Since the 1950s, Lee has been one of the most influential figures in comics, helping to popularize heroes that expressed a level of nuance and self-doubt previously unseen in the industry.
  • Lee, who's later years were marked by some financial and legal tumult, is survived by his daughter, Joan Celia "J.C." Lee.
Keep reading Show less