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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Religion and Babies

One of my former students, Cindy Tsai, just alerted me to the fact that Hans Rosling has recently posted another video lecture (this one is 13 minutes) on TED. This one is nominally on "Religions and Babies," but the punch line is more generally on the topic of why the world's population continues to grow even though the birth rate is dropping. I love this guy's graphics, and I admit that I did not disagree with anything he said. He is not very nuanced, but he gets the point across, and it's an important one--we have to plan for a world of 10 billion people. Check it out.

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