Oh, the irony!

Over 200 years ago, Reverend Thomas Malthus warned of the end of the world.  The tiny nutshell version of his argument was that humans could reproduce faster and so the world’s population would be demanding more food than could be supplied.  This overpopulation versus limited resources would lead to starvation and therefore the end of mankind.

By his reasoning we should have died out a long time ago.

The world is still here.  Population is growing through increased lifespans, not higher birthrates but Thomas Malthus’s own family tree died out only 86 years after he wrote his “Essay on the Principles of Population”.  

Of all his predictions, it seems that was one he didn’t see coming.


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