I have long suspected that large population densities are bad for humans. How bad? Look at the resulting population of every major city in the world, and you come to the conclusion, Very Bad.
What is bad? Bad is families breaking down. People turning their back on social norms that promote harmony and peace of society. Crime, sloth, and acceptance of the perversion of social norms eventually becoming common place.
I ran into this study showing what happens to rodents in a simulated urban center.
The summary is that males lose their purpose and eventually become asexual. Females lose mothering instincts and eventually become infertile. The population literally dies out completely, not because of disease or violence, but because it turns its back on all its social norms that originally led to reproduction of the species.
This leads to an insight and a question.
First, if you want to have descendants for as long as there are people on this earth, teach your children to live in the countryside away from urban centers.
Second, the question. Should dense urban centers be banned for the good of culture, society, and the existence of our species? Should there be a legal limit to population density? Honestly, I don’t know, but I think this study says, “Yes.”
(source: “Death Squared: The Explosive Growth and Demise of a Mouse Population” by John B Calhoun MD, Proc. roy. Soc. Med. Vol 66 Jan 1973)
The regular TV news outlets have let us know we have nothing to worry about as far as the Coronavirus that has shut down a large chunk of China. Only 200 people have died. And, this is only a bad flu. “Remember to wash your hands!”
Reliable independent news outlets say the virus is likely a manmade virus created by slicing the Aids virus with a Flu-like virus and maybe others. The virus targets adult males, and uses children as carriers to spread through communities via public schools. China has been in full incinerate-the-bodies-and-coverup-the-deaths mode for a while now. This virus has an R0 of at least 4 and the mortality rate is around 11%.
Both sources say the Coronavirus has reached close to half the countries on earth.
Most worrisome is that there are no reported cases in Africa or South America, which means they haven’t found any of the cases that probably are in those areas, and it is spreading unchecked.
Historically, during the 1918 flu pandemic, whole cities shut down to prevent the spread. This pattern has repeated itself in China already. If this virus is as contagious as the independent outlets are reporting, it is not unimaginable that every major city in the world will be forced to shut down for at least a few weeks in 2020.
Shutdown cities means no food from supermarkets. Have enough food on hand to last a few weeks or even a few months without leaving your house.
Hopefully countries outside China succeed where China did not succeed in stopping the spread of this virus.