|"Simple" Math Question (to keep Namir busy)|
Message #1 Posted by Chuck on 2 May 2007, 8:48 p.m.
I know I've seen this discussed before, and could probably do a search to find the golden answer provided by the likes of Wikipedia) but that would take all the fun out of debate....
Let's assume there are 6 billion people alive today, and it's fairly safe to say that none were alive 100 years ago. But, in the last 100 years there has been many births and deaths of people not counted in the current 6 billion. Plus, many numerous other factors during the milleniums past have had drastic affects on population (what century saw the only MAJOR world population decline.)
So my question is...what is your best estimate of the total number of different people (homonids, bipedals, etc., your choice what to include) that have ever been born?
My knee-jerk response was triple, or about 18 billion, but I think that is woefully small. What's your best guess???
No fair looking up info on the Web.