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Old November 2 2012, 08:03 PM   #32
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Re: life-extension technology in Star Trek (or lack thereof)

Timo wrote: View Post
Gideon depicts a society so overcrowded that the bodies of the population are literally pressed up against the walls of the building just because they have no place else to go
...Inside one building, an important one where many people would be doing business. Obviously, the same isn't going on outdoors, on a world with actual open terrain and bodies of water.
And what would a gigantic forest composed of billions upon billions of PEOPLE actually look like? I don't suppose it would look all that different from a forest made out of trees... except, like Gideon from orbit, it wouldn't be green.

People today live in conditions exactly as cramped as that. In a busy street, it's literally shoulder to shoulder. In a standard apartment in a really big city, it's easily twenty people living in five square meters of floor space, not just wandering through it on their business.
Yes, in major cities where people voluntarily flock because that's where their business actually is. THEY HAVE A CHOICE. Project that onto a planetwide situation where there isn't any place you can go that DOESN'T have those conditions: the entire surface of a planet with the population density of downtown Tokyo.

It's either leadership fail or widespread logic fail to allow things to get that bad. Either way, it's a world begging for a darwinian weedwacker.

you don't see a lot of that sort of behavior in sentient species
Forgetting for now that we only have one species to meet the specs...
Not in Star Trek we aren't.

Out of those twenty people living in the five square meters, any two might be having sex
You have a fascinating imagination there, Timo.
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