2021-07-25, 07:44 PM (ISO 8601)
Re: What are technologies that a time traveler could easily introduce to ancient time
Originally Posted by Tvtyrant
For the vast majority of human existence, your population grew as long as you had enough food and enough land to cultivate that food. When you didn't get that land? Your population reacted the same way as any other animal that outgrew its ecological niche. It collapsed. Famines, plagues, wars, until the population stabilizes or you get more food.
This is called the Malthusian trap.
This has been going on for millenia until sometime in the industrial revolution we managed to increase our food supply faster than our populations. This is one of the few times by which we actually can look at stuff and *not* be worried about food. By the way, it's also one of the reasons why stuff was so **** back then. Not enough stuff to go around, so it was based around making sure a large population had no stuff.