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    I've no idea if this is true, but it sounds true, and I thought I'd share it:

    "If we could shrink the earth's population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all the existing human ratios remaining the same, it would look something like the following:
    There would be:
    57 Asians
    21 Europeans
    14 from the Western Hemisphere, both north and south
    8 Africans
    52 would be female
    48 would be male
    70 would be nonwhite
    30 would be white
    70 would be non-Christian
    30 would be Christian
    6 people would possess 59% of the entire world's wealth and all 6 would be from the United States.
    80 would live in substandard housing
    70 would be unable to read
    1 would be near death; and 1 would be near birth
    1 (yes, only 1) would have a college education, and
    1 would own a computer"
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  • #2
    Very interesting, 6 of them will be very rich, but only one of them could have a computer

    Kind of funny.


    • #3
      I remember seeing something like that before.
      Now I looked it up (a.k.a. Googled) and found some sites with the same numbers.
      Concidentally (not) the 1 computer gets shot down first.

      This link ( ) seems to have a more believable list - at least on of the poor guys gets a computer this time.

      OK, so here I go getting all serious on something that was supposed to be just cute (sorry guys 'n girls)

      Seems that the numbers stem from a work of Donella H. Meadows ( which dates from 1990.
      Some other numbers may have changed in the last 16 years and, although it doesn't even appear on her list, the 1 computer owner from around 1990 may not have been that far off!


      • #4
        I think sensible people use other peoples computers Doug!


        • #5
          Originally posted by byRo
          [BORING STUFF][INDENT]OK, so here I go getting all serious on something that was supposed to be just cute (sorry guys 'n girls) [/BORING STUFF] Rô
          Not at all boring, Rô! Following your lead, I googled up links to pages including an artist's Flash visual presentations of "The Village"

          A similar, but not identical updated version of The Village:

          The Sustainability Institute, created by Donella Meadows, which includes archives of her writing -- including, under the HOPE section, "An Endangered Species Can Be Fun"

          Links to sustainable food and systems thinking as a method of solving the problem of creating a sustainable food supply... I LOVE the internet, and I love Google!
          Two basic principles underlying systems thinking are:
          1) that an adjustment to one part of a system is apt to have more than one effect, and
          2) that anticipating those multiple impacts is helpful in understanding a system and choosing a course of action to affect it.

          Originally posted by chris h
          I think sensible people use other peoples computers Doug!


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