Overpopulation: The root of the world's biggest problems?

Think about this:

  • It took millions of years for humans to reach a population of 1 billion
  • That milestone happened about 200 years ago
  • 100 years ago, there were 1.6 billion people around
  • Today there are 6.7 billion people walking the Earth
  • In 50 years, there could be 9 billion

More to think about:

  • 200 years ago, forests covered about 40 percent of the planet's land mass
  • Today we are closing in on 20 percent coverage, losing close to 1 percent per year

 And some more:

  • Species loss today is about 1,000 times greater than the Earth's background level
  • In 1950, no fish stocks had collapsed
  • Today, 30 percent of fish stocks are unharvestable
  • Before 2050, all fish stocks may be collapsed

 And even more:

  • In the past 100 years, sea levels have risen 4.33 inches -- for which natural process cannot account
  • By 2100, that change could amount to more than 20 inches
  • The world's temperature has risen 1.1 deg C (2 deg F) since 1900
  • Average temperatures may climb by to 1.9 deg C (3.5 deg F)

LinkedIn meets Tinder in this mindful networking app

Swipe right to make the connections that could change your career.

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Swipe right. Match. Meet over coffee or set up a call.

No, we aren't talking about Tinder. Introducing Shapr, a free app that helps people with synergistic professional goals and skill sets easily meet and collaborate.

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10 books to check out from Jordan Peterson's 'Great Books' list

The Canadian professor has an extensive collection posted on his site.

Jordan Peterson with Carl Jung and the cover art of Jaak Panksepp's 'Affective Neuroscience' (Image: Chris Williamson/Getty Images/Big Think)
Personal Growth
  • Peterson's Great Books list features classics by Orwell, Jung, Huxley, and Dostoevsky.
  • Categories include literature, neuroscience, religion, and systems analysis.
  • Having recently left Patreon for "freedom of speech" reasons, Peterson is taking direct donations through Paypal (and Bitcoin).
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Scientists claim the Bible is written in code that predicts future events

The controversy around the Torah codes gets a new life.

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  • Mathematicians claim to see a predictive pattern in the ancient Torah texts.
  • The code is revealed by a method found with special computer software.
  • Some events described by reading the code took place after the code was written.
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Should you invest in China's stock market? Know this one thing first.

Despite incredible economic growth, it is not necessarily an investor's paradise.

  • China's stock market is just 27 years old. It's economy has grown 30x over that time.
  • Imagine if you had invested early and gotten in on the ground floor.
  • Actually, you would have lost money. Here's how that's possible.