[LMB] Nexus population

Paula Lieberman paal at gis.net
Thu Jan 27 05:17:20 GMT 2011

My mother was one of seven siblings.  Her mother was one of eight.  I don't 
know how many brothers and sisters her father had--he had one full sister 
and both his parents were widowed with children from their first marriages. 
My father was one of three, however, his mother was one of five, and his 
father had had more than TWENTY older siblings...

This of couse was pre-automobile-as-main-trasportation...

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Tel" <teldreaming at gmail.com>
To: "Discussion of the works of Lois McMaster Bujold." 
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Sent: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 10:16 PM
Subject: Re: [LMB] Nexus population

On Wed, Jan 26, 2011 at 5:59 PM, Gretchen Wright
<gretchen.wright at rcn.com> wrote:
> -----Original Message----- From: Damien Sullivan
> Sent: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 8:38 PM
> To: Discussion of the works of Lois McMaster Bujold.
> Subject: Re: [LMB] Nexus population
> Alternately, and keeping in mind that Lois started writing in what, the
> 1980s? before the demographic transition had really sunk in (actually,
> it still hasn't in lots of people's minds), assume Earth managing to
> double its population every century, except the surplus is lifted off
> via emigration. That gives like 70 or 80 billion people to scatter
> around the Nexus, not counting further reproduction in the Nexus.

Over 800 years (or however many), 80 billion is 100 million a year.
Over 250,000 (five Barrayars!) a day.

I don't see Nexus space travel having anywhere near that kind of
capacity. Especially before gravity compensation, where ships weren't
accelerating nearly as fast.

> --------------------
> Yes, absolutely ... and besides: the demographic transition is occurring 
> in
> a world *without* the possibility to emigrate to other worlds. How would 
> the
> knowledge that one's children could emigrate and have a whole world to
> themselves, affect the motivation to reproduce? To what extent are people
> limiting their family sizes now *because*, and only because, the world is
> overpopulated? That's unmeasurable.

To the extent that this is a factor, I think it's more due to the
local environment (NYC, say) unconsciously feeling overpopulated,
rather than the entire planet on an abstract level.

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