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2012-10-31 07:59:36 AM
99.9% of every species in existence that has ever lived has gone extinct
 
2012-10-31 08:15:12 AM
All of them.
 
2012-10-31 08:30:09 AM
16
 
2012-10-31 08:46:15 AM
Boy, Jesus really kicked off a population boom, didn't He?
 
2012-10-31 08:52:54 AM

I_Am_Weasel: All of them.


farkkkk yoooooouuuuu
 
2012-10-31 09:05:28 AM
Still?
 
2012-10-31 09:18:22 AM
Just me. The rest of you were hatched.
 
2012-10-31 09:19:43 AM
We should count. I'll start...

1
 
2012-10-31 09:21:11 AM
Threeve
 
2012-10-31 09:21:35 AM
That's funny, because I would have sworn that you are all figments of my imagination.

/solipsism seems like a cool philosophy. I wonder why there aren't more of us.
 
2012-10-31 09:22:51 AM
Why does that chart indicate that there were 0 people until 8000 BC? That makes no sense.
 
2012-10-31 09:23:32 AM
Let's see...
Adam 1, Eve 2...oh wait, they weren't born. So we have to start counting from Cain 1, Abel 2.... etc.
 
2012-10-31 09:23:51 AM
Time to thin out the herd
 
2012-10-31 09:23:52 AM
fewer than should have been, thanks to abortion.
 
2012-10-31 09:24:45 AM
Kinda puts a crimp in reincarnation theories...
 
2012-10-31 09:25:08 AM
Interesting graphic but it's taken from How Many People Have Ever Lived on Earth by Carl Haub which includes an explanation of how the estimates were derived.
 
2012-10-31 09:25:48 AM

karnal: Time to thin out the herd


At the pace earth resources are being consumed and depleted with any regard for future generations, that will take care of itself relatively soon.
 
2012-10-31 09:27:08 AM
maybe it sits at 0 because of the previous zombie outbreaks putting us in the negative! ^_^
 
2012-10-31 09:27:30 AM
"Which are more numerous, the living or the dead?"

"The living... For the dead no longer exist."

- The Mahabraratta
 
2012-10-31 09:28:05 AM

Jairzinho: karnal: Time to thin out the herd

At the pace earth resources are being consumed and depleted without any regard for future generations, that will take care of itself relatively soon.


FTFM
 
2012-10-31 09:29:38 AM
Eleventy billion.
 
2012-10-31 09:29:43 AM
Funny how the population boom started at the end of the last ice age. It's as if we started exploring the planet at that point.
 
2012-10-31 09:31:03 AM
Jairzinho


karnal: Time to thin out the herd

At the pace earth resources are being consumed and depleted with any regard for future generations, that will take care of itself relatively soon.


Nature takes care of overpopulation in its own way.....Disease, Starvation.....Predators
 
2012-10-31 09:31:35 AM
That's a whole lotta lovin'...
 
2012-10-31 09:31:40 AM
Five, plus or minus a margin of error.
 
2012-10-31 09:32:56 AM

TeddyRooseveltsMustache: Why does that chart indicate that there were 0 people until 8000 BC? That makes no sense.


Not zero; just less than one billion.
 
2012-10-31 09:33:41 AM
Boy things took off 8,000 years ago. Was that agriculture?

How long until the Christian fundies grab this, manipulate it to say seeeeeeeeeeeee even scientists agree with bible!
 
2012-10-31 09:34:04 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doomsday_argument
 
2012-10-31 09:34:15 AM
Well, let me put it this way. If all the corpses buried around here were to stand up all at once we'd have one hell of a population problem.
 
2012-10-31 09:34:35 AM
Year Population
50,000 B.C. 2

Um...
 
2012-10-31 09:34:45 AM
People have had sex hundreds of billions of times.

Just not you.
 
2012-10-31 09:35:25 AM
The dalai lama tells me it's much less, since most of these are rebirths of people who didn't get it right the first time.
 
2012-10-31 09:37:44 AM

Jairzinho: karnal: Time to thin out the herd

At the pace earth resources are being consumed and depleted with any regard for future generations, that will take care of itself relatively soon.


Yeah, but wouldn't it be nice if politicians acted like grownups and initiated a serious discussion with the public about how we can make choices that transition to a sustainable population level in the least painful way possible before the enviro-economy makes those decisions for us, catastrophically?
 
2012-10-31 09:38:12 AM
If that were true, there would be many, many more cemeteries.
 
2012-10-31 09:38:25 AM
Gonna need a definition of "person" first.
 
2012-10-31 09:39:04 AM

Hack Patooey: Year Population
50,000 B.C. 2

Um...


It's a bit arbitrary, but you have to draw the line somewhere for where "human" begins. IIRC, 50k BC is around the time of Mitochondrial Eve, which seems a decent place.
 
2012-10-31 09:39:15 AM

Hack Patooey: Year Population
50,000 B.C. 2

Um...


Human population is older than that
 
2012-10-31 09:39:58 AM

Tommy Moo: Hack Patooey: Year Population
50,000 B.C. 2

Um...

It's a bit arbitrary, but you have to draw the line somewhere for where "human" begins. IIRC, 50k BC is around the time of Mitochondrial Eve, which seems a decent place.


Mitochondrial Eve is estimated to have lived around 200,000 years ago,[2] most likely in East Africa,[3] when Homo sapiens sapiens (anatomically modern humans) were developing as a population distinct from other human sub-species.

From Wikipedia
 
2012-10-31 09:41:01 AM
How many people have ever been born?

Has anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?
 
2012-10-31 09:42:27 AM
Including subby, one too many.
 
2012-10-31 09:42:40 AM
42
 
2012-10-31 09:42:50 AM
I remember this being a million dollar question on Who Wants to be a Millionaire? It was from a few years ago when they said 101 billion:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9OVpPjlxHw
 
2012-10-31 09:43:10 AM

Epoch_Zero: How many people have ever been born?

Has anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?


You've got to be kidding me. I've been further even more decided to use even go need to do look more as anyone can. Can you really be far even as decided half as much to use go wish for that? My guess is that when one really been far even as decided once to use even go want, it is then that he has really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like. It's just common sense.
 
2012-10-31 09:44:30 AM

Gleeman: Kinda puts a crimp in reincarnation theories...


My explanation is that there are the same number of people with souls, and a lot of hollow men.
 
2012-10-31 09:45:18 AM
Molavian


People have had sex hundreds of billions of times.

Just not you.


Now we got subbys mom out of the way, we can start counting.
 
2012-10-31 09:46:52 AM

Hack Patooey: Year Population
50,000 B.C. 2

Um...


from the How Many People Have Ever Lived on Earth article by Carl Haub:

Any such exercise can be only a highly speculative enterprise, to be undertaken with far less seriousness than most demographic inquiries. Nonetheless, it is a somewhat intriguing idea that can be approached on at least a semi-scientific basis.

And semi-scientific it must be, because there are, of course, absolutely no demographic data available for 99 percent of the span of the human stay on Earth. Still, with some speculation concerning prehistoric populations, we can at least approach a guesstimate of this elusive number.

// Haub realizes that it's just a "highly speculative" "semi-scientific" estimate. Do you? I am sure he would be intrigued to learn your better approach...
 
2012-10-31 09:47:09 AM

Molavian: People have had sex hundreds of billions of times.

Just not you.


We've clearly hit a trillion. There's no way total sexual encounters / children had is less than 10.

That's something to be proud of, as a species. 1 trillion farks. I'd like Carl Haub to estimate when the trillionth fark happened.
 
2012-10-31 09:47:18 AM
Daddy Daddy. It was just like you said
Now that the living outnumber the dead.

Where I come from it's a long thin thread
Across an ocean. Down a river of red.
Now that the living outnumber the dead. I'm one of many.

Daddy Daddy. It was just like you said
Now that the living outnumber the dead.
Speak my language.

Hello. Hello.
Here come the quick. There go the dead.
here they come. Bright red. Speak my language

-- Laurie Anderson
 
2012-10-31 09:48:34 AM
On a somewhat related note:

upload.wikimedia.org

//Hotlinked.
 
2012-10-31 09:49:54 AM
The question that should be asked is......

upload.wikimedia.org

How many people COULD have been born?
 
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