Malthus T. (1798) An Essay On Population

Malthus T. (1798) An Essay On Population-14
He saw the competitive nature of life as a divine means to inspire men to work.

He saw the competitive nature of life as a divine means to inspire men to work.

Not surprisingly, Malthus, an ordained minister, believed that hunger and disease were aspects of life implemented by God to stop populations from exploding.

Lacking these "positive checks" (as he called them), the world would quickly be overcrowded.

The 1700s in Europe are often referred to as the Age of Enlightenment.

It was a time, we'd come out of the Renaissance.

We'd rediscovered science and reason and in the 1700s, we saw that come about with even more progress of society.

As we exit the 1700s and enter into the 1800s, we start having the Industrial Revolution.They are the precursors in the great army of destruction, and often finish the dreadful work themselves.But should they fail in this war of extermination, sickly seasons, epidemics, pestilence, and plague advance in terrific array, and sweep off their thousands and tens of thousands.One of his influences was Thomas Robert Malthus, a late-eighteenth century economist.Malthus wrote "Essay on the Principle of Population" (1798), which Darwin read and was inspired by.The central theme of Malthus' work was that population growth would always overpower food supply growth, creating perpetual states of hunger, disease, and struggle.The natural, ever-present struggle for survival caught the attention of Darwin, and he extended Malthus' principle to the evolutionary scheme.Darwin had many other sources from which he developed his theory.Yet, if evolution was the machine, and natural selection was the engine, then Malthus' perpetual struggle for resources was the fuel.So in his mind, the population would just keep on increasing.It'll just keep on increasing, until it can't support itself anymore, until the actual productivity of the land can't produce enough calories to feed all of those people.

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