At the last Next Nature Power Show, artist Arne Hendriks gave a lustrous talk on the possibilities of downsizing humanity to better fit the earth.

Last week Arne gave a longer talk on the same topic at TEDxBrainport. Interestingly enough in this new talk Arne not only promotes shrinking humanity as a means to avoid all kinds of overpopulation related disasters, but also adds a positive reason to his argument: shrinking humans could be a way to realize the long dream of human powered flight.

The crucial question: if human eugenics ever becomes acceptable should it be employed strictly to avoid disasters or also to realize human dreams? If we choose for the latter, why not add some wings? Anything is possible, as long as we avoid a situation in which humans don't recognize each other as humans anymore.

Enjoying this story? Show it to us!


Share your thoughts and join the technology debate!


  • I think Veritas is missing the point - this is a thought experiment (or a work of art, you decide) that is intended to get us thinking in creative ways about solving the global environmental crisis. I'm guessing Veritas is somehow equating Hendriks' thoughtful and funny attempt to improve life on earth for all humans with the Nazi policy of social Darwinism. The two could not be further apart. But sure, let's wish death on Koert. Eugenics is murder, but wanting to kill the author of a blog post somehow is not.

    Posted on

  • Koert Van, you make me sick. You and your Agenda 21 propoganda. If you really support eugenics then why not just end your life now, and save the planet. SCUM.

    Posted on


    Posted on

  • Is a really good idea for sure. But i think it would be also good not to be obligatory and that also other people find different ways of living. Maybe those that goes to mars would need to be smaller for sure so that they can have enough food and populate the planet with enough human power there. But also there could be other options, like combine ourselves with plants and get our energy from there and also remove all those extensions that we need ( computers, cellphone, cars, etc ) by incorporate some of those as part of our organic body. I know my proposal is not in nature like this one but doesn't meant it can't be done nor that isn't a good idea. Definetly keep growing larger and bigger is not a good idea...

    Posted on

More like this