10/08/2005

Evolutionary psychology and Peak Oil

Evolutionary psychology and "peak oil:"
A Malthus inspired "heads up" for humanity.

Evolutionary biologists are aware of the concept of ecological "carrying capacity,"
and Malthus' application of these ideas to human populations. Malthus wrote:


"It is an obvious truth, which has been taken notice of by many writers, that population must always be kept down to the level of the means of subsistence; but no writer that the Author recollects has inquired particularly into the means by which this level is effected..."
-- Thomas Malthus, 1798

An Essay on the Principle of Population
http://www.ac.wwu.edu/~stephan/malthus/malthus.0.html






And more recently, Dawkins echoed Malthus' concerns:

"If there ever is a time of plenty, this very fact will
automatically lead to an increase in the population
until the natural state of starvation and misery is restored."
-- Richard Dawkins


This is exemplified in a well known paper by David Klein,
"The Introduction, Increase and Crash of Reindeer
on St. Matthew Island" (see: http://dieoff.org/page80.htm )

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