What is the real threat to homo sapiens: overpopulation or overconsumption? The New York Times looks at the unrealized predictions of Dr. Paul Erlich who warned of a “population bomb” catastrophe in the 1970s and is now sounding alarm bells concerning overconsumption of resources:
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The second half of the 1960s was a boom time for nightmarish visions of what lay ahead for humankind. In 1966, for example, a writer named Harry Harrison came out with a science fiction novel titled “Make Room! Make Room!” Sketching a dystopian world in which too many people scrambled for too few resources, the book became the basis for a 1973 film about a hellish future, “Soylent Green.” In 1969, the pop duo Zager and Evans reached the top of the charts with a number called “In the Year 2525,” which postulated that humans were on a clear path to doom.
No one was more influential — or more terrifying, some would say — than Paul R.