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Demographic philosopher Glenn Campbell predicts the end of civilization... and the rise of something new.
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Few of us would question that the world is overpopulated. In 50 years, the human population has roughly doubled, from 4 billion to almost 8 billion. Wouldn't it be best if humanity brought down it's numbers to a sustainable level, like 4 billion again? Probably, but there is no painless way to get there. If birth rates fall, as has already happened, it leaves us with a huge excess of ailing old people and not enough active workers to support them. In many ways, government and economies are addicted to growth, and when the growth reverses, a plethora of bad effects can be expected.
Throughout the world, birth rates have fallen dramatically, and most countries are now below replacement fertility, or the number of babies needed to refresh the population. Only recently, the world was worried about a "population explosion". Now an implosion seems more likely. Why is this so? Why aren't people having children in the same numbers as they used to? The core reason is simple: People aren't having children because the costs outweigh the benefits.
Defining the Generations

Defining the Generations

2019-11-1800:28:09

How do we define Millennials, Baby Boomers and Gen X'ers? While no individual should be judged by the year of their birth, large groups of people tend to have different life experiences based on when they were born. Older Americas, for example, may have experienced the Great Depression, World War II and the Swinging Sixties, and this affects both their worldview and their economic impact on other generations. Starting with the oldest still alive, Glenn Campbell reviews the commonly accepted generations and explains how they experienced the world.
Millennials (born 1980-1994) often accuse Baby Boomers (born 1946-1964) of ruining the world, and vice versa. Boomers have saddled younger generations with huge debts they cannot repay, while Millennials are derided as "snowflakes" who expect the world to take care of them. Demographic philosopher Glenn Campbell explores the statistical reasons for this conflict. With their sheer numbers, Boomers powered the biggest economic expansion in the history of the world. As they move into retirement, this engine will sputter, leaving the Millennials in a deflating growth bubble. (Skippable—covered better in Ep. 16)
While medical science is saving more lives than ever before, the overall longevity of the population isn't improving. In the USA, longevity is even begining to decline. Why is this so? Part of the answer is that each life saved results in greater medical costs for that patient in the future. Higher costs, in turn, are eroding the social factors that prevent disease. The medical system is focused on saving people from heart attacks rather than preventing them. The net result is exploding health care costs while lives only get shorter. 
The European Death Spiral

The European Death Spiral

2019-10-2200:17:22

Europe is in deep trouble. In every country, fertility has dropped below replacement level, but not all countries are equally affected. Southern and Eastern Europe are in the worst shape, in part because they are losing their best talent to Northern Europe. Germany and other countries of the north are "energy vampires" sucking the rest of Europe dry.
Good and Bad Discrimination

Good and Bad Discrimination

2019-10-2100:12:15

Discrimination comes in two forms: You can be "discriminating" or "disciminatory" in the products and people you choose. You can apply deep criteria that accurately predict a successful outcome or superficial criteria that don't. The challenge in life is trying to predict the future performance of the product you are choosing, especially when applied to mate selection.
Demographic philosopher Glenn Campbell announces the release of the first draft of his manifesto, "The Modular Family: Redesigning How Children Are Raised". This document is a blueprint for a new family structure intended to reduce the cost and improve the quality of childrearing. Instead of couple of children raised by 1 or 2 adults, Glenn proposes up to 18 children raised by dozens of adults.
Making Sense of Eugenics

Making Sense of Eugenics

2019-10-0800:20:11

Eugenics, or the science of human breeding, has been used to justify some of the worst atrocities of the 20th Century, but it has been with us since the beginning of time. Whenever a couple has a baby, that are engaged in a eugenics experiment. Demographic philosopher Glenn Campbell reviews what eugenics can and cannot do and what the earliest proponents got wrong. The best aim of eugenics is not to create a master race but to assure diversity.
Demographic philosopher Glenn Campbell claims no formal credentials in demographics or any of the other topics he discusses, but he has had some life experience. In a simplified life story, he describes highlights of his past as might relate to the Demographic Doom project. He is best known as a televised expert on Area 51 with a lesser-known stint as a Family Court observer. A world traveller with 87 countries in his passport, he has seen extreme poverty, extreme wealth and countries emptying out.
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