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Is it true that the living today outnumber the dead?

Is it true that the living today outnumber the dead? If so how so?

Dear Kevin
The "population explotion " was a term made popular in the late 1940's and early 1950's. During this time a rumour circulated that there might be more humans alive today than past populations combined. This rumor was based on the ideas of Thomas Robert Malthus, who in 1798 theorised that the worlds population would double every 25 years, like it had in England's colonies in America.

Although incorrect, the rumour expressed a valid concern over the human load on the world. However, to outnumber the total of all past human births we would need to accumulate 242 billion people on this planet. The present world population of 6 billion is only two and a half percent of that figure.

Yours Truly
Mr Mountie

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