FS 301. The Human Overpopulation Crisis
Eric R. Pianka
Traffic Jam in China (161 miles long!)
Watch Domino Effects
LA Times 5 part story on overpopulation
Why are humans in such a state of total denial ("temporal blindness") about what we are doing to this planet?
People are becoming aware of some of the many consequences of overpopulation, but most still refuse to recognize the underlying causes: an economic system based on perpetual growth, and too many people. Just as the pharmaceutical industry targets symptomatic relief for man-made ailments rather than addressing underlying root causes, widespread attention to the many spin offs from growthmania and overpopulation diverts attention away from the real problem.
Watch Nina Paley's cartoon The Stork (3 min.)
Watch Ernest Cline's Dance, Monkeys, Dance (3.5 min. turn up volume).
Watch ERP on The Human Overpopulation Crisis (26.5 min.).
Watch Class Video The Human Overpopulation Crisis (8 minutes).
Watch NASA's "Average Temperatures 1884-2012" (45 seconds)
Outline of Subjects to be covered in this Course
The Human Overpopulation Crisis
Professor Eric R. Pianka
Creation Mythology (Intelligent Design?)
Scientific Methods and Human Knowledge
Fundamentals of Population Biology
Life History Theory
Optimal Reproductive Tactics
Population Growth and Regulation
Earth's Life Support Systems (EoE_Link)
Oxygen and Temperature
Cities are unsustainable
Food, Water, and Shelter
Millennium Ecosystem Assessment
Symptoms of Overpopulation (EoE_Link)
Impact of Humans on the Environment
Global Warming (or the politically correct "Climate Change")
Water, Ocean Fisheries
Unburnable Fossil Fuels
The Weakest Link
Vanishing Book of Life
Humans: The Scourge of Planet Earth
Reg Morrison's "Evolution's Problem Gamblers"
Noam Chomsky: Security and State Power
Noam Chomsky: Prospects for Survival
Watch "MegaSlums" (50 minutes)
Solutions to Overpopulation
The Age of Consequences
Let's put everybody in Texas!
When Civilization Collapses
Can Human Instincts be Controlled?
Selection for Uncaring Humanoids
Return to the Hunter-Gatherer Mode
Packing Your Survival Kit
Class Lecture notes
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Last updated 23 July 2008 by Eric R. Pianka
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