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Population Policies

Marian L. Tupy’s article “Disagreeability, Mother of Invention” (November 16) is excellent and thought-provoking. However, I disagree with the conclusion in the last paragraph that our society should encourage population growth to ensure vigorous innovation and invention. This view assumes that a high rate of invention is more desirable than other goals to which lower population growth contributes, such as preserving natural habitats and protecting the environment. It is certainly arguable that these other goals and similar ones that greatly benefit current world inhabitants are more important than maximizing innovation. This article is an example of a claim that

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