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Discover an infamous bet between two professors, which sought to predict whether the earth would run out of resources due to a growing human population.
In 1980, Paul Ehrlich and Julian Simon bet $1,000 on a question with stakes that couldn’t be higher: would the earth run out of resources to sustain a growing human population? They bet $200 on the price of five metals. If the price of a metal decreased or held steady over the next decade, Simon won. If the price increased, Ehrlich won. So, what happened? Soraya Field Fiorio investigates.
Lesson by Soraya Field Fiorio, directed by Avi Ofer.
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