Julian Simon, a noted economist, persistently argued that there are not too many people, and that the quality of life will only improve as the human population increases. This is because he believed that our supply of resources is virtually infinite, by virtue of an infinite capacity to substitute one resource for another. Availability of resources was, for Simon, limited only by human ingenuity to find and use them. Hence, he argued that our condition will improve as population increases because there will be more clever people who will be able to arrive at innovative solutions. (Note: Simon is an economist, and approaches resource limitation questions from an economic perspective, which allows for infinitely increasing growth.) To learn more about his perspective, which is actually shared by many, see the article by Simon listed with supplementary readings in the Study Guide ).
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