Wednesday, February 06, 2019
"Is the World Running out of Children and Sperm?" -- what if a virus could do this?
The Good Stuff goes beyond population demographics: “Is the World Running out of Children (and Sperm?)”
Geophysicist M. King Hubbert developed used the bell curve (in a manner similar to Charles Murray) to predict peak oil and other resources, and the same idea seems to apply to population, as richer countries now have lower birth rates.
But the film makes the alarming suggestion that men are producing less sperm, or less effective sperm, which sounds like a sci-fi scenario (like “Children of Men”). Theories include pollution, later marriages, more stress, and conceivably unidentified viruses.
TGS also offers “Why Are Violent Killers Almost Always Men?” Like the 90s film “Natural Born Killers”?
Picture: Smithsonian, American History Museum, draft physical