Monday, March 12, 2007

Factoid Alert: The Living Outnumber The Dead?

The human population has swelled so much that people alive today outnumber all those who have ever lived, says a factoid whose roots stretch back to the 1970s. Some versions of this widely circulating rumor claim that 75 percent of all people ever born are currently alive. Yet, despite a quadrupling of the population in the past century, the number of people alive today is still dwarfed by the number of people who have ever lived.

Read the rest of the Scientific American article here.

[HT: Arts & Letters Daily]

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