Wednesday, July 05, 2006

EARTH -- A new Perspective


If Earth's population was shrunk into a village of just 100 people with all the human ratios existing in the world still remaining, what would this tiny diverse village look like?

That's exactly what Phillip M. Harter, a medical doctor at the Stanford University School of Medicine, attempted to find out. This is what he found:

57 would be Asian
21 would be European
14 would be from the Western Hemisphere
8 would be African
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
89 would be heterosexual
11 would be homosexual
6 people would possess 59 percent of the entire world's wealth, and these 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 pregnant
1 would have a college education
1 would own a computer


Thanks to Erin M., in NC, to Bart, a "slightly insane, very tired, but reasonably perceptive guy" in the Netherlands, and to the folks at for this post.


AnnieElf said...

Very sobering, Pepek. I linked this to my blog. People need to see this reality check. Thank you.

pepektheassassin said...

But really, we already KNEW this, didn't we....?

Pixletwin said...

I feel sorry for the 11th homosexual... One really is the loneliest number. I hope she's not the one who is pregnant, college grad, with a computer who is near death....

pepektheassassin said...

lol. Pix, you're SOMETHING! I don't know what, but...funny, anyway.

pepektheassassin said...

PS If you have a computer, you're never lonely. Assuming it's working, of course.

Nienke Hinton said...

I'm curious what these numbers were, say, 100 years ago. I fear they will be the same or more startling going forward.

Tammy said...

WOW! That was interesting. Thanks for sharing this.

michelle said...

very enlightening, thanks for sharing it! :)

ms*robyn said...

well at least there may be a witch among the non christians.... I wonder?