“Thomas Malthus and the ​Malthusian Catastrophe: Plan wrong or yet to come?”

Presented by ​Ken Goodrich
September 9, 2019

On Sunday, September 15, Ken Goodrich will lead a forum on the philosophy, theology, predictions and impacts of Thomas Malthus, a late 18-century Anglican cleric and scholar. Malthus', “An Essay on the Principle of Population,” popularized dangers of population growth as a scientific theory commonly known as the Malthusian law of population and associated concepts such as a Malthusian Catastrophe or Collapse. Malthus' essay was one of the most influential works of the 1800s, inspiring Darwin's formulation of the Theory of Evolution and helping to shape Great Britain's response to the Irish Potato Famine.

While Mathus' theory is seen today as pseudoscientific and largely discredited, the underlying concepts remain a powerful influence in society and science. We'll explore how these influences shape our thinking and whether they are justified.

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