Nov 23, 2017 8:03 AM
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Henshin Edie and Emily in Amenta
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...I have no idea what you're talking about.

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Uh here you can't make kids by magic but to make them the normal way you have to buy a credit. 

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That is not a thing where I'm from. And normally we don't make kids by magic either, this has been a very unusual day.

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I guess if your magic can make enough space? Sounds nice.

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Make enough space?

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For all the people to live.

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We haven't run out of planet yet.

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Oh, I guess that'd work too. Ladah is wiggling. He sets him down, murmurs something. 

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China's doing population controls, but nobody else is, yet.

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In our world once a few places started then they got worried about their neighbors running out of space and overrunning them and there were preemptive wars and - lots of wars - and then eventually everyone agreed on treaties about growth rate and now they mostly all stick to it.

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Yikes. No, that hasn't happened to us.

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Probably will, though. Unless you just get it together with the treaty in the first place. He sits down heavily.

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What was the population when this happened?

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I think we started worrying around six billion? But we might have different land area. There are thirteen billion of us now.

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We've got seven billion and I don't think anyone's seriously worrying...in fact, I think Japan's below replacement rate.

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That's weird. 

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Even the population that is horribly mistreated and that everyone's probably going to murder pretty soon has kids. I can't imagine any conditions that'd get us to have kids below replacement without population controls.

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I guess it must be an alien thing.

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I guess. We figured everyone'd be like that, because of evolution.

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I think evolution didn't anticipate birth control.

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I guess that'd work on species that don't actually want kids.

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A lot of us do. I do. Just not all of us.

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I think that then in a couple generations all of you will. But I could be wrong.

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Maybe. Who knows? Anyway, if it gets too bad we'll figure out how to terraform Mars or something.

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