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Will saving poor children lead to overpopulation?

Will saving poor children lead to overpopulation?

(3:32) Swedish public health expert Hans Rosling explains a common misunderstanding about population growth - that saving the lives of poor children in developing countries will lead to population growth. Although counterintuitive, the truth is the opposite.

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glortman glortman (1584 days ago)
Hans Rosling is the dude.
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Hans Rosling is the dude.
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Guest: Population control (1579 days ago)
Well, in the long run, after a huge population explosion and inevitable famines, pestilences and wars that follow you WILL get population under control. All the way down to zero possibly. Otherwise - nope. Try the same experiment on rabbits. You'll see.
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Well, in the long run, after a huge population explosion and inevitable famines, pestilences and wars that follow you WILL get population under control. All the way down to zero possibly. Otherwise - nope. Try the same experiment on rabbits. You'll see.
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Guest: J K (1584 days ago)
This only works when a societal changes naturally lower infant mortality. Artificially lowering infant mortality with food and medical subsidisation of third world countries has zero effect on the birthrates of surviving children. In fact, by artificially propping up unworkable numbers in the third world you add constant fuel to the fire of misery and pain that blights these parts of the world. If anything we should be educating them to help themselves, in the long term this is more productive and a vastly more efficient use of available resources.
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This only works when a societal changes naturally lower infant mortality. Artificially lowering infant mortality with food and medical subsidisation of third world countries has zero effect on the birthrates of surviving children. In fact, by artificially propping up unworkable numbers in the third world you add constant fuel to the fire of misery and pain that blights these parts of the world. If anything we should be educating them to help themselves, in the long term this is more productive and a vastly more efficient use of available resources.
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Guest: Beau Guest (1584 days ago)
Dur.
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Dur.
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Guest: (1584 days ago)
bollocks! you start from the wrong premise and reach the wrong conclusion.
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bollocks! you start from the wrong premise and reach the wrong conclusion.
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WalterEgo WalterEgo (1584 days ago)
How do you think the birthrate in the West came down if it wasn't by artificially reducing infant mortality with improved healthcare? It has to be combined with education, and it takes time, but it works.
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How do you think the birthrate in the West came down if it wasn't by artificially reducing infant mortality with improved healthcare? It has to be combined with education, and it takes time, but it works.
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Guest: (1579 days ago)
Latest comment: Walter, do you realise that the photo you use is stolen from the Clinical Psychiatry textbook? Illustration to the chapter on imbeciles.
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Latest comment: Walter, do you realise that the photo you use is stolen from the Clinical Psychiatry textbook? Illustration to the chapter on imbeciles.
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