Critical Mass


John B. Calhoun (1917–1995) an American ethologist and behavioral researcher, better understood that a species can remain healthy only as long as its population does not exceed the environment’s carrying capacity. Calhoun’s research that started in 1947 on a colony of Norway rats, and his 1968 mouse experiments, can better describe the “growing pains” the world is experiencing today.

Critical Mass can explain most of the current social problems we are facing today. Hunger, poor health, the further division of “the people,” violence, crime in general, lack of resources, and the societal break down of social empathy. While we can examine the smaller cycles that critical mass can create, the fact is we have infested Earth with our ever growing population and it has created the smaller social problems we now face. The highest violence and crime will occur in the more dense populated areas.

Humans are only a more sophisticated species of mammal. What drives us is still the same thing that drives every other mammal on this planet, survival. Some may argue that what drives us is the need to reproduce; but the need to reproduce and bare offspring only happens when the surroundings are optimal for reproduction. We are now witnessing in this era more same sex couples living together, more oral and nonproductive sex than productive sex; and a heightening of sterility; erectile dysfunction; cancers in the reproductive organs; and abortions.

People often think that most disasters and other effects to them, will affect their senses like watching it happen on the big screen. They think it will be dramatic and instantaneous and their senses will help them to cope and function through the turmoil. What they fail to see is the slow progression of destruction to their environment and the slow progression of their declining mental function and health. It escapes their senses because they have had time to adapt to their current situation. The slow progression is more damaging in the long run than all the natural disasters hitting us all at the same time. We are lulled into a false sense of security as we slowly become extinct.

Our subconscious and instincts do alert us, but we can be so focused on our smaller cycles we tend to compartmentalize the bigger cycles in life. When we do this we project a smaller version of the bigger cycle into our smaller cycles in life. Much like a parent suddenly finding the need to kill their child(ren), or the normal happy employee turning a gun on the coworkers they have worked alongside of for years. Or the sudden need to lash out in violence. When we fail to recognize, sense, or ignore the bigger cycles of our eroding environment and impending doom, it starts to reflect in our everyday life, mental health, and overall health.

The smaller social problems we are facing are just a symptom of a much larger picture of where we are headed. Smaller symptoms often times give us clues to follow in order to bring us to full conscience so we may then see the bigger reality of what is happening. But what can we do when the majority of the population refuses or ignores the reality of the bigger cycle?

Making 6.7 billion people achieve full consciences is a slow process. It can be as slow as the destruction process itself. So I guess the question would be which one will come first, “Our extinction with the total destruction of this planet (our home); or every one of the soon to be 9 billion finally achieving full consciousness to stop the destruction?”

It is projected that when the population hits critical mass at 9 billion, we will have used up every resource this earth has to offer. All the land will be populated by humans. Animals, birds, and ocean life will have become extinct. The only plant life that will survive is the genetically altered plants made by science. Since 1970-2014 all animal species have declined to less than 50 percent of their total population. This is no longer science fiction, conspiracy, or a hidden secret. We are destroying this earth like an infestation of termites, and covering its surface, and leaving our droppings like the common cockroaches.


John B. Calhoun’s Utopia for rats

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