Guys I’ve got great news. What is it? I’m Pregnant! Well yeah, I mean I- I mean, whoa! Congrats! Who would’ve guessed? PERGAGENANT?! But don’t you know the world’s already overpopulated?! What are you, Thanos? (Theme Music Plays) Actually, Bob, the narrative of impending human overpopulation is mostly mythical. Yeah, I heard about that. Isn’t most of that just sensationalism and junk science? What?! How could the possibility of too many people be a myth? There are only so many natural resources. Yes, and No. The concept of natural resources is a pretty misunderstood one. People tend to believe that there have always been a finite number of useful resources to which humans have had access, and that throughout the course of human history, we’ve been dwindling down our supply. But this is a huge oversimplification. While it’s true that we do live in a finite universe, the number of resources we have access to is constantly expanding. How is that possible? Because we’re constantly discovering new resources we never knew could be helpful to us and developing more efficient ways of harvesting what we already value. But what if we run out of resources before we can discover new ones? That doesn’t seem likely. To start with, since 1980, The population has gone from 4.5 Billion to 7.5 Billion, and yet extreme poverty has been cut in half! Wait! So you’re telling me that as our population has increased, poverty has decreased?! But, that’s the exact opposite of what we would see, if more people meant fewer resources for everyone else! Yeah. That’s insane! Well, it might seem insane, if you view humans as liabilities- But the truth is every person is an asset. Beyond being valuable on a metaphysical level, we all have an incredible potential to produce wealth for ourselves and others. And as the population increases, this potential increases as well. In other words, as our need to consume resources increases, so does our ability. Huh, That makes sense. So Sarah’s child won’t be a terrible burden on the world. (sarcastically) Thanks. Nope. In fact, that child has a bright future ahead. What? I just came over here to tell you that I was pregnant, and you ended up lecturing us about some obscure economic principle! Why can’t you just be normal?! Why can’t we have ordinary human interactions? Why is it that every time we hang out, you end up explaining the economy to somebody? (That’s literally his job.) Uh… When is the baby due? I ALREADY HAD IT!! Hey folks, thank you so much for watching. If you enjoyed this video and want to see more like it Please check out fee.org. Thank you!