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[Pc] Re: demographics
> "If we could shrink the earth's population to a village of precisely
> 100 people. . . (snip) . . . There would be: . . . (snip) . . .
> 80 would live in substandard housing
I really enjoyed Georg's post. A couple of the statistics were surprising,
and the overall effect was very interesting.
I have some trouble with the housing part (above); I wonder what
"susbstandard" means for it to include all but 20% of the houses in the
world. I have traveled a good bit in Asia, enough to see how at least half
the world lives, and I have trouble with this one.
I also suspect that some, if not all, of the ratios are based on a national
level of statistics. For example, does the 57 Asians include Asians living
outside of Asia? And des it count non-ethinic Asians that live in Asia?
(i.e. Is the definition of "Asian" one who lives in Asia?)
My wife, Michiko, was also impressed with the effect of this post; she said
that "numbers are often more convincing". Since I don't think of her as a
numbers / statistics kind of person, I thought this deserved some thought.
I suppose that the effect would be much stronger for those in the
overdeveloped countries (minorities assuming a lot of people are like
themselves). I know that before I traveled much, I had vague assumtions
that people around the world "weren't all that different from each other".
Although I can see that deep inside, there is little difference, ways of
living, societal patterns, and cultural attitudes, assumptions and
standards vary a lot. Now that several years has passed since I have
travled outside of overdeveloped countries, I find myself forgetting how
different things really are. Thanks, Georg, for the reminder!
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