Essays on Infinite Lifespans
Even if there were a population problem in a few countries,
extending the human life span would worsen the problem no
or reducing violent crime. Who would want to keep these
deadly threats high in order to combat population growth?
If we want to slow population growth, we should focus on
reducing births, not on raising or maintaining deaths. If we
want to reduce births, we might voluntarily fund programs
to provide contraceptives and family planning to couples in
poorer countries. This will aid the natural developmental pro-
cess of choosing to have fewer children. Couples will be able
to have children by choice, not by accident. Women should
also be encouraged to join the modern world by gaining the
ability to pursue vocations other than child-raising.
OVERPOPULATION DISTRACTS FROM REAL PROBLEMS
Major downward revisions in population growth through-
out the UNs sixteen rounds of global demographic estimates
and projections since 1950 have drained the plausibility of
any overpopulation-based argument against life extension.
We can better understand the real problems that are talked
about in relation to overpopulation instead as issues of pov-
erty. Poverty, in turn, results not from having too many
people, but from several major factors including political mis-
rule, continual warfare, and insecurity of property rights.
As Bjorn Lomborg points out, we find many of the most
densely populated countries in Europe. The region with the
highest population density, Southeast Asia, has about same
number of people per square mile as the United Kingdom.
Although India has a large, growing population, it also has a
population density far lower than that of The Netherlands,