AbyssalMage wrote:Life is LINEAR when stretched out over 1000's of years....
No it isn't.
It's exponential, with food source being the limiting factor to additional growth.
So yes, if you look 10,000 years ago, you'll find stagnation in human populations simply because hunter-gatherers cannot feed themselves above a certain very low population density.
But if you starting looking 5,000 years ago, when humans began farming on a large scale, you'll see the exponential growth.
Let's take an example from over 100 years ago. In 1800, the world population was about 1 billion (according to the estimates I linked) you. In 1700, it was about 600 million. If you draw a line between those two points, it would imply that human population was rising at 400 million per century, with a population of zero at 1550. But clearly, there were plenty of humans around in 1550 (about 500 million of them).
It quite clearly isn't a linear function, and I think you're proving Bartlett's claim that "The greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential function."
Well, I understand it, but you don't.
AbyssalMage wrote:Deaths are also exponential when desease/famine happen because these things have a domino effect in the region(s) they occur in.
In a very limited time frame, the deaths from a disease could be exponential.
Smallpox was certainly quite deadly in the Americans as the Europeans spread it.
So was the Black Death in Europe.
But after just a few years, once these epidemics were over, people kept on breeding and quickly made up for their losses, keeping that curve moving upwards.
AbyssalMage wrote:If you notice, world humanitarian aid is what prevents things from getting ALOT worse than it already is.
Malthus is probably rolling in his grave right now.
No, throwing food at poor countries is what's CAUSING the famine, disease, poverty, and war.
The more food you give them, the more each female can breed (see above), and the more food you will need to give them in the future, to support all of their offspring. And then their offspring breeds, causing an exponential feedback loop with your "humanitarian aid" as the catalyst.
As long as they continue to breed irresponsibly, the more food you give them, the bigger their population becomes, and the worse their problems get.
If you really wanted to provide "humanitarian aid" to these nations, you would provide permanent birth control to every female in these countries as she reaches puberty.