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Population Matters

Crowded Stopped traffic on I-35 in Austin, Texas. (Copyright © 2015 by Wil C. Fry.) I’ve tried — and ultimately failed — to avoid the conclusion that humanity’s greatest threat is the increasing numbers of humans. The latest UN report says that global population growth is slowing, but will still approach 10 billion by 2050[…]

Dear People Of The Future

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Published on: 2016.03.02

Dear future humans (or whatever sentient earthlings call themselves in your time): Hello from 2016! Congratulations on still existing. I assume you’re thankful that the generation before mine didn’t launch the thousands of ICBMs they built. Naturally, I wonder what advances you’ve made, and whether only the richest and most powerful among you enjoy them[…]

Why Are ‘Nones’ On The Rise In The U.S.?

Empty church pews (Copyright © 2011 by Wil C. Fry.) Results of a new major study from Pew have been much-reported lately. The massive-in-scope survey shows that Christianity is on the decline in the U.S., while the unaffiliated (“nones”) have grown by leaps and bounds. Some publications tried to interpret the findings, some lamenting the[…]

We’re #1! (In Almost Nothing Good) — UPDATED

(Originally published 2014.09.12) The U.S. is #1 in obesity rates (Copyright © 2006 by Wil C. Fry.) Most nations seem to have some degree of the “we’re #1” factor — call it nationalism, pride, what have you. The U.S. has no shortage of this, even in the face of mounting statistics that say otherwise. I’ve[…]

Why Mrs. Duggar Is Right. But Mostly Wrong.

In The News: Michelle Duggar, mother of 19 and star of 19 Kids and Counting says “the whole idea of overpopulation is not accurate” (there are many sources for this; here’s one). Offering “proof”, Duggar said “because the entire population of the world could fit inside of Jacksonville, Florida.” She referenced a quote: “I agree[…]

1998: Cubic Vs. Square Footage

[No date was recorded for this; just “1998”.] (Cubic Vs. Square Footage: As it relates to living area) Please note that this essay will contain many mathematical equations. If you are unfamiliar with math, you may have trouble reading this. To begin our discussion, let us look at an example. Let us assume the average[…]

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