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Dead outnumber the living!

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  1. GRW

    GRW Pillboxologist WW2|ORG Editor

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    I know much of this is guesswork, and that you can "prove" anything with statistics, but this is thought-provoking. In the last 50,000 years around 107 BILLION humans have lived, as opposed to the 7 Billion estimated to be alive right now, so the dead would appear to outnumber the living.:eek:
    "The population of the planet reached seven billion in October, according to the United Nations. But what's the figure for all those who have lived before us?
    It is often said that there are more people alive today than have ever lived - and this "fact" has raised its head again since the UN announcement about the planet's population reaching a new high.
    The idea helps fuel fears that the population is expanding too fast.
    It is true that if you delve back into the mists of time, the population of Earth was tiny in comparison to today and logically it might seem plausible that the living outnumber the dead.
    It is agreed by most demographers that the UN figure for the number alive today is reasonably accurate. The problem is, how do you calculate how many have ever lived, and where do you start?
    One group to have done the work is the Population Reference Bureau in Washington.
    Wendy Baldwin from the Bureau says that the normal starting point is when Homo sapiens first walked the earth, about 50,000 years ago.
    So you have a starting point and an end figure but it's the time in between that causes the problems. "For 99% of that time there is no data," she says.
    This means experts have to make an educated guess."
    BBC News - Do the dead outnumber the living?
     
  2. belasar

    belasar Court Jester Staff Member

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    Which demonstrates that polititans would do well to keep their mouths shut.
     
  3. Victor Gomez

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    If they all get resurrected to ascend into heaven as the preacher told me the other day..........sure is going to be crowded for a while down here---107 plus 7 is 114 Billion, and if we get to listen to each others judgement----it could take quite a while. He said all would be judged on that day--so I am wondering how long that day is going to be. Where there is one sleeping to a bed now there is going to be about 16 so it is likely to be pretty crowded until the people start ascending or descending. Historian, how long do you think this day is going to last? Belasar do you think your going to be a Court Jester on that day too? I won't tell him your from Tejas too.(as our Mayan calendar begins its countdown).
     
  4. RabidAlien

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    Heh. That would be assuming God is only able to judge one at a time. He's God. I figure it'll all be over before you know what hit you! Except for the amount of time you're standing in front of the Judge's table, of course....dunno about you, but I'm prolly gonna be there a while. Sweating.
     
  5. f6fhellcat

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    Well, if the zombie apocalypse cones along, we're all doomed.
     
  6. GRW

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    Victor,
    As long as it's done by the time the celestial pubs open..........;)
     
  7. Victor Gomez

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    I so try to pin Gordon in a controversy...............and this is the only concern he has.:confused:..........as the rest of us wrestle in apocalyptic, mortal, literal biblical interpretative judgement and damnation of unprecedented numbers which he started.
     
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    Priorities, my dear chap....priorities!:p
     

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