X-Message-Number: 15788
Date: Fri, 2 Mar 2001 21:23:15 EST
Subject: Re: CryoNet #15772 - #15778

In a message dated 3/2/01 2:01:34 AM Pacific Standard Time, 

 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 read 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 non-white
  30 would be white
  70 would be non-Christian
  30 would be Christian
  89 would be heterosexual
  11 would be homosexual
  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
  50 would suffer from malnutrition
  1 would be near death; 1 would be near birth
  1 (yes, only 1) would have a college education
 1 would own a computer >>

I saw that 'research' a few months ago, and the college education claim is 
plain wrong.  If there are 6 billion people in the world, then by your 
estimates, 1 college education would come out to 60 million people (1%).  
Well, in the United States alone, over 70 million people are alive in this 
country have had some college education (meaning one year or more, of 
post-high education over the past 40 years)  Add 70 million more from Europe, 
50 million from Russia, Ukraine (the former Soviet Union), 80 million from 
China and India,  50 million more from Indonesia, etc., 30 million from 
Japan, and you get closer to  4% of the world's population.  Albeit a small 
amount, but you have to remember that half of the world's population is not 
yet at college age.  So, in terms of the population over 18 (when college 
education usually starts), the figure is probably closer to 8% of the adult 

8% is a hell of a lot more than 1%. 

Let's just keep the facts straight!

Ed Reifman

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