The Royal Society issued a report recently on overpopulation and resources. An unwelcome sequel to the Limits to Growth, the authors managed to confuse economics, ignore technology and subscribe to the anti-humanist authoritarianism of the green movement.
Every new mouth is a burden. Everny new mind is a curse. Extra people should be discouraged. And then we have the Singularity University:
"He [Peter Diamandis] talks about "three billion new minds coming online" in the next few years, Silicon Valley-speak for "being born". These minds are an opportunity, he insists, because "the rate of innovation is a function of the number of people actually communicating and this is growing explosively with the internet".
Ironic that the article on the Singularity University appears in the Guardian. Not a newspaper renowned for its techno-progressivism. But progress is marching forward all the time: and it looks like the Greens are wrong every time. The tsunami of progress should overwhelm their Cnut like ways.
Perhaps the Singularity University could take over the Royal Society, since it appears to have taken on the role that the oldest scientific association has abandoned...