Date: November 24, 2015
Note: Joe Cienkowski suggests that there haven’t been enough parents in existence, between “Noah’s ark” and today, to produce the population volume we have today.
Two things struck me.
The first has already been covered by another commentator. That being, we are keeping people alive much longer, which inflates the population.
The second is in response to “running out of parents”.
If Joe is presuming the obsolete “nuclear family” model, which produces two to three children per set of parents, to be the norm throughout history, then his suggestion here might make sense. Because you could at least gage it against some sort of model (no matter how naïve it’s usage). Thing is, that model is relatively new in human history, and already a thing of the past as the norm.
Here is one huge problem, however.
Even just going back 70 years in history, some sets of parents were having a dozen or more children between them. And this was by a time, when we were no longer losing half of our children before they hit the age of five years. I come from such a family, and have aunts, uncles and cousins I’ve never even met.
Even if they were just having five, six, seven, eight children, that is a lot in comparison to todays average. And it’s a lot to survive into adulthood. These two factors likely explain our population explosion.
It’s not a matter of simple mathematical division. Successful parental reproduction has always been a variable of wide flux. We cant just attribute “X” number of children to every set of parents, and decide there weren’t enough parents to produce and support them all.
As a side note, we also should not forget all the children produced outside of marriage…from one night stands…affairs…rape…from pairs of people, who aren’t necessarily going to assume the role of a parent.
Oh…and “Noah’s ark”, is about as unscientific and fairy tale like, as it gets. This cannot seriously be factored into anything, at all. It’s an incompetent starting point.
If we ever had a way of measuring all variables from the very beginning of life on this planet, taking into account the myriad of benefits versus challenges we faced in any era of time, we’d likely find there is nothing explicitly wrong, about where we’ve ended up today.
Lucky?…Yes. Extraordinary evolution?…Yes. But nothing explicitly wrong about it.