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Topic # 220245 2-Aug-2017 07:56
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I saw an article on the BBC News site: "Sperm count drop 'could make humans extinct'"

"Humans could become extinct if sperm counts in men continue to fall at current rates, a doctor has warned.

Researchers assessing the results of nearly 200 studies say sperm counts among men from North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, seem to have halved in less than 40 years.

Some experts are skeptical of the Human Reproduction Update findings.

But lead researcher Dr Hagai Levine said he was "very worried" about what might happen in the future.

The assessment, one of the largest ever undertaken, brings together the results of 185 studies between 1973 and 2011.

Dr Levine, an epidemiologist, told the BBC that if the trend continued humans would become extinct."

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-40719743

I'm skeptical: there are so many people, that even if everyone used cannibalism exclusively, humanity would be around for a while.

"If the average human weighs 50 kilograms and eats a couple thousand calories per day, then—according to Ryan North—then one person contains enough meat to feed another person for about a month.

If, every month, half the population eats the other half, we could go for 32 months of cannibalism before the second-to-last person was eaten by the last."

https://what-if.xkcd.com/105/


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  Reply # 1835362 2-Aug-2017 07:59
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Well there's a cheery thought. Better stock up on BBQ sauce for the coming apocalypse.

 

 


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  Reply # 1835365 2-Aug-2017 08:07
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I'm all for a global population reduction.


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1835367 2-Aug-2017 08:15
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Why does low sperm count necessitate cannibalism?

 

A long as livestock sperm count is OK we should be absolutely fine on the food front.

 

 





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  Reply # 1835368 2-Aug-2017 08:16
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DarthKermit:

 

I'm all for a global population reduction.

 

 

"Sperm count drop 'saves world from overpopulation”

June 3rd 2098: Earth dodges a bullet!
Scientists say without the effects of Oestradiol and Bisphenol-A reducing sperm counts back in the early 2000's the earth's population could have reached 15 billion by this year.
Sociologists say: In the past people bred like rabbits! Now that creating babies requires an intensive IVF program with "artificial sperm" every child is a "wanted child"


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  Reply # 1835369 2-Aug-2017 08:18
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No real information about rates in eastern/middle eastern and African countries and a bunch of unanswered variables, especially around collection points (i.e. where they fertility clinics). Anyway, a dramatic decline in the human population wouldn't be bad thing for the planet, although it might be a bad thing for some groups of humans.


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  Reply # 1835373 2-Aug-2017 08:32
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Dratsab:

 

No real information about rates in eastern/middle eastern and African countries...

 

 

Aha! It's a North Korean plot! They're going to take over the world *democratically*. The clue is even in the country's secret official name! "DEMOCRATIC PEOPLES!!! Republic of Korea"

 

Do you realize that in addition to fluoridating water, why, there are studies underway to fluoridate salt, flour, fruit juices, soup, sugar, milk, ice cream? Ice cream, Mandrake? Children's ice cream!...You know when fluoridation began?...1946. 1946, Mandrake. How does that coincide with your post-war Commie conspiracy, huh? It's incredibly obvious, isn't it? A foreign substance is introduced into our precious bodily fluids without the knowledge of the individual, and certainly without any choice. That's the way your hard-core Commie works. I first became aware of it, Mandrake, during the physical act of love... Yes, a profound sense of fatigue, a feeling of emptiness followed. Luckily I — I was able to interpret these feelings correctly. Loss of essence. I can assure you it has not recurred, Mandrake. Women, er, women sense my power, and they seek the life essence. I do not avoid women, Mandrake...but I do deny them my essence.

 

Jack D. Ripper, Dr Strangelove, 1964

 

 


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  Reply # 1835374 2-Aug-2017 08:32
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'Time travel could be possible."

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'Humans could evolve wings and fly so we don't have to use airplanes and save the polar bears."

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  Reply # 1835376 2-Aug-2017 08:34
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I could keep making these could statements and I'm always gonna be right.

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  Reply # 1835615 2-Aug-2017 12:00
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All men should do everything possible to produce as much sperm as possible and as often as possible - to keep in practice and to ward off accidental count drop. Use it or lose it. laughing


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  Reply # 1835616 2-Aug-2017 12:03
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All men should do everything possible to produce as much sperm as possible and as often as possible - to keep in practice and to ward off accidental count drop. Use it or lose it. laughing

 

 

And save it up for when you get married. laughing

 

 


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  Reply # 1835621 2-Aug-2017 12:10
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Welcome to the Manmaiden's Tale. Fertile men kept and milked for their sperm. Ruled by a Feminocracy. The perfect society.

 

 





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  Reply # 1835622 2-Aug-2017 12:15
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All men should do everything possible to produce as much sperm as possible and as often as possible - to keep in practice and to ward off accidental count drop. Use it or lose it. laughing

 

 

Oh don't be a wa***r. tongue-out


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  Reply # 1835679 2-Aug-2017 12:48
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There was an interview on Breakfast with the NZ researcher after this story broke. She said though the original NZ study found sperm counts had dropped, when subsequent studies were done they found that drop had stabilized.

Sometimes people draw a line when they should be drawing a curve.

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  Reply # 1835747 2-Aug-2017 14:09
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There's quantity, but there's also quality.

 

Soon everybody will buy their test tube baby of choice from Amazon.


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