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Upping Our Game Alerting the World to Limits to Growth: New Online Community

Upping Our Game Alerting the World to Limits to Growth: New Online Community

World population may peak this decade and start dropping, over 60% of Coloradans are fed up with the negative consequences of growth of their communities, a new online community and resource for sustainability advocates, Elon Musk keeps populating our conversations, and should Dave run for President of the U.S.?

Upping Our Game Alerting the World to Limits to Growth: New Online CommunityStephanie and Dave sit down with professors Paul Sutton and Chris Bystroff for a conversation that includes an update on Chris’ contraceptive vaccine and Paul’s COP26 experience. 

We announce the launch of a new GrowthBusters online community for sustainability advocates. If you want to bring a speaker like Paul Sutton, Chris Bystroff or Dave Gardner to your campus, you can find out how to contact Nicole, our staffer who’s coordinating the GrowthBusters Campus Tour and the new online community. Stephanie shares a bit about greening her recent wedding, and Dave has shocking news about the carbon footprint of feeding dogs and cats (at least their typical diet).


Running Out of Gas – Episode 26 of the GrowthBusters podcast

World Leaders COP Out – Episode 62 of the GrowthBusters podcast

Footprints to Singularity: A Global Population Model Explains Late 20th Century Slow-Down and Predicts Peak Within Ten Years – by Chris Bystroff

GrowthBusters Campus Tour

New GrowthBusters Online Community

Invitation to Join GrowthBusters Online Community

Colorado Voters Worry State Becoming Too Crowded

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Ecological Economics with Prof Tim Jackson: Scientists Warning into Action COP26 Press Conference – Episode 25 of Planet in Crisis podcast 

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How to Have a Green Wedding – episode 25 of the GowthBusters podcast

Sarah’s Wildlife Friendly Weddingepisode 47 of the GowthBusters podcast 

The Truth About Cats’ and Dogs’ Environmental Impact


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    Nelson Hyde Chick



    What I understand is that without immigration the United States population would be flat. How do you address limiting immigration without being labeled a racist?


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    I would like to comment on the decline in population growth rate. The role of women in this is well known but what is less known is the role men have had and I think this is explained by the experiments by John B Calhoun in the 1950s. Calhoun conducted his “mouse utopia” experiments. These experiments set up a mouse colony with 2 conditions. The first condition was limited space. The mice were confined to an area. The second condition was unlimited food. Calhoun observed what happened.

    First the population boomed but at a certain point males began to isolate themselves and did not compete for mates but spent the day grooming themselves. Calhoun called these males the “beautiful ones” because they did not have the bite or scratch marks of competitive ales. The population leveled and then crashed.

    What do we see in Japan today? We see otakus, hikikomoris (basement boys never seeing the light of day) and soshoku danshi (herbivore men who are not competing for sex partners). What are the conditions of Japan today? Essentially limited space and unlimited food, the same as conditions in Calhoun’s mouse utopia experiments. Huge numbers of men in Japan not having sex. This pattern is recognisable in other countries. In the west we have MGTOWs (men going their own way) and “ghosts” (reclusive or hermit men). Even Iran is seeing a reluctance of men to marry. In Australia even in the big cities and in America and Europe the trend at a lower is apparent. Every second person is condemning men for “not stepping up”, “not committing”, not being “mature”. Jordan Peterson spends so much of his time berating such “irresponsible” men. I think biology and evolutionary psychology offer better explanations. What of modern life could be giving the “population” signal causing the “beautiful males” syndrome? I think high real estate prices may be providing the signal.

    Personally I welcome the trend but it is too little commented on or even acknowledged. I know humans are not mice but we do share the same ancient lower levels of the brain and we can be sure that the conscious cerebral cortex has little to do in matters concerning sex, except to invent reasons to do the stupid.

    As an aside I would also welcome serious effort to develop a male contraceptive. If men, or those still in the game, feel they have the power to control their own fertility they will not be so quick to want to deny it to women.


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