Population Explosion

The fear of an impending global catastrophe remains with us, yet global extensive mass species extinctions have occurred in the past but  put so far back in time along the geological evolutionary path that those past events never affected present day humanity.

The climate change belief, and it is surely a belief because it concerns itself with a prophesy of the future, not the present here and now, is based on ignorance associated with a specious understanding of the scientific method. The principal concern lies in the human population explosion, the Malthusian nightmare. But what drives biological population growth?

Place a bacterial culture in a petri dish and watch it. If the microclimate is warm and humid, the bacteria will flourish. But put them into the refrigerator and the culture stops growing. In general, everything else being equal, life forms expand to a dynamic equilibrium for the particular environment in which they are found. So raising temperature results in a proliferation of species, and reducing it results in a decrease in numbers.

For example I live on a 50 acre farm hosting a couple of groups of grey kangaroos, 5 wallabies, Rosella, occasionally kookaburra, and a handful of red-bellied black snakes, among other life forms. Kangaroo numbers are maintained by available grass and more importantly, available water. Less water, less kangaroos.

However, these basic observations and conclusions don’t seem to work too well for humans, leading to the possibility that additional factors might be in play.

Animals are driven by instinct and eat when hungry, copulate when necessary, and generally follow a daily routine of eat, sleep, defecate, and occasionally copulate. Natural attrition keeps population numbers to stable but dynamic numbers unless external effects influence things.

Humans differ from animals in that humans have well-developed memories which Velikovsky posited also included suppressed memories of past climatic catastrophes. These suppressed memories might surface in the here and now as over excited sexual urges dominated by the ego, leading to unsustainable increases in human populations in anticipation of the next global/local catastrophe that leads to catastrophic culling of the  biosphere, ensuring enough of the species remain to repopulate the previously culled regions.

Humans also seem to be different from other species in respect of the activity of recreational sex, which while biologically driven at its core, remains a little understood activity in the ego-world humans have constructed for themselves.  Does it happen because people are bored? The use of the adjective ‘recreational’ suggests they are, but I wonder if there is also an underlying force driving this behaviour.

Another characteristic associated with exploding human populations is the necessity of the division of labour and its corollary the market leading to mass production to supply large masses of people. Are these massive human populations sustainable? Many believe not, and while trying to mitigate the population increases with policies, also ignore, or don’t understand the underlying forces caused by the past, which are also driving human activity.

Observation of, say, kangaroo groups leads to the conclusion that these animals seem to live solely in the present, staying alive by feeding, copulating, and dying. While individuals come and go, the group as a whole remains as an identity over time, showing a continuous recycling of the stuff of living matter in the biosphere.

Where humans differ is with their fabrication of a spiritual world and an afterlife by the machinations of the brain with its process of thinking and memorizing – the ego world; an artificial, captivating, intellectual superstructure. It’s confusing this ego-world with physical reality that seems to be the problem, and in order to understand this we need to first understand the workings of our thinking processes and how some ideas came to dominate the thinking processes in preference to others. Because it’s the divisions caused by the mind fabricating its beliefs that’s the problem we need to solve.

The problem with Bruce Lipton’s conclusion that there has to be a spiritual dimension to life, also mimics that of the ideas of biologist Rupert Sheldrake who also joined a mainstream religion after many years of non-belief; the problem is that it’s still a belief, as this post is as well.

Yes, there is a spiritual dimension to life, but it’s not separate from reality as believed by many. This separation between the physical and spiritual came about by the formation of the ‘ego’ from the thinking process, as did the idea of an after life. It never occurs to the believers that while individuality exists in our, here and now, 3D physical world, that distinction disappears in the unified subconscious quantum domain of unity that is holographically forming 3D physical reality we exist in. So the various near-death experiences reported by some seem much like culturally biassed explanations of the subconscious wholeness by the still living 3D egos which form the core of believers.

And purposefully ridding oneself of thoughts by mantras or other religious tricks will never work because one is using the very thing one wants to be free from to eliminate itself; It’s why religions never solve anything.  The trick is to simply accept that one thinks, neither condoning or condemning it, and being, in a sort of blase fashion, aware of thoughts welling up from our depths, maybe noticing what stimula cause those thoughts to appear. As Jiddu Krishnamurti pointed out, it’s the fear of the unknown that’s the problem and the human uses thought to escape from that fear.

About Louis Hissink

Retired diamond exploration geologist. I spent my professional life looking for mineral deposits, found some, and also located a number of kimberlites in NSW and Western Australia. Exploration geology is the closest one can get to practicing the scientific method, mineral exploration always being concerned with finding anomalous geophysical or geochemical data, framing a model and explanation for the anomaly and then testing it with drilling or excavation. All scientific theories are ultimately false since they invariably involved explaining something with incomplete extant knowledge. Since no one is omniscient or knows everything, so too scientific theories which are solely limited to existing knowledge. Because the future always yields new data, scientific theories must change to be compatible with the new data. Thus a true scientist is never in love with any particular theory, always knowing that when the facts change, so too must he/she change their minds.
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