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> Date:         Thu, 4 May 2000 00:04:48 +0200
> From: Irina Rempt <[log in to unmask]>

> On Wed, 3 May 2000 [log in to unmask] wrote:
>
> [someone whose name has been snipped wrote:]
>
> > Who decides who dies in the process of converting?
>
> > Are you referring to loss of medical tech?  Or what?  I don't quite
> > understand why anyone would be dying.
>
> Because a hunter/gatherer society can support fewer people on the
> same area of land than an industrial society. The population will
> have to decrease. Personally, I think it would be a matter of
> survival of the fittest.

And invoking nanotech and so on to make deserts and mountains livable
won't help. There is six acres of dry land for each person now living.
How large a territory does a hunter supporting a family need?

There is only one animal on Earth abundant enough to allow hunting to
be our main source of protein (cf. Swift). That solution should speed
up the transition quite a lot too.

Lars Mathiesen (U of Copenhagen CS Dep) <[log in to unmask]> (Humour NOT marked)