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"The "not very effective population checks" are a clear feature of the industrial revolution era."

Human population has been growing exponentially since very early on ~ the industrial revolution break is in terms of the rate of growth.

And if that is growth burst in a transition from high birth rate / high death rate demographics to low birth rate / low death rate demographics, it may be masking the opposite move. There are a number of "developed" economies which are below replacement, despite having the resources to support population growth ... something which would not happen under the pre- industrial revolution demographics.

It can hardly compare with millennia of humanoid evolution, touching frequently both the boundaries of extinction and overrun of enhabitted environment

I was explicitly referring to one result of that evolution, homo sapiens [sic] sapiens [sic]. Looking at, first, the extensive population explosion over almost all habitats on the face of the earth, then the intensive population explosition which necessitated the development of intensive agriculture, and then the industiral revolution population explosion ... the empirical evidence seems to be that, broadly speaking, given human populations, and given the opportunity, then somewhere or other there is a human population that is exploding.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.
by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Wed Jul 1st, 2015 at 08:38:38 PM EST
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