The Ecological Citizen, Interview with Paul Ehrlich

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Date of Publication: January 2018

Year of Publication: 2018

Publisher: Ecocentric Alliance

Author(s): Paul R. Ehrlich, The Ecological Citizen Editors

Journal: The Ecological Citizen

Volume: 1:2

Pages: 154-155

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The Ecological Citizen editorial team interviews Paul R. Ehrlich on the extent his early research informed his views on human overpopulation, what he believes to be the most promising means for curbing global human population growth, the role he sees for concerned citizens, and much more. You can access the full interview here.

The Ecological Citizen is a peer-reviewed ecocentric journal that is published twice a year in association with the Ecocentric Alliance.

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  • stevenearlsalmony

    By evading scientific knowledge of what could somehow be real about ourselves and the planet we inhabit; by widely sharing and consensually validating utterly false, hubristic thinking regarding super-human ‘masters of the universe’ capabilities; by denying that earth is relatively small and finite with a frangible environment, it may be that the human community is not be able to evade the consequences of our patently unsustainable behavior.

  • stevenearlsalmony

    Why is the human population exploding worldwide? Extant scientific research of human population dynamics indicates that human population dynamics is essentially similar to (not different from) the population dynamics of other species. Therefore, human population numbers can be acknowledged as a function of food supply.

    Food not population numbers is the independent variable in the relationship between food and population of all species, just as food is the independent variable in the food-population relationship of other organisms. If this was not the case, the human species would be placing itself in some inexplicable way above the natural world of living things and consequently outside the scope of science. That is to say, human beings would have to be mistakenly viewed as separate from the natural world as well as beyond the bounds of scientific inquiry. Human population dynamics would have to be misperceived as different from the population dynamics of other species. And erroneously seen as exceptional.

    Homo sapiens sapiens is irrefutably a part of the natural order of living things. Humans are integral beings of the natural world within which our species evidently evolved; we are legitimate ‘objects’ of scientific research? After all, the objects of science are the multitudinous parts of God’s Creation, nothing more or less. Whatsoever is IS, is it not?