brain sizes: Einstein's and women's

Bob LeChevalier lojbab at lojban.org
Wed Sep 4 23:14:21 EST 2002


"John Knight" <jwknight at polbox.com> wrote:
>What little jewish "Einstein" [read: PLAGIARIST AND LIAR] whispered in
> your litte ear that current population growth has no historical
> significance?

Common sense, for one thing.  Historical records, for another.

>The populations of Africa aren't exploding because us honkeys helped
> them with anything.  If anything happened in Africa recently, it was
> the JEWS Salk and Sabin whose polio "vaccines" spread AIDS all over
> Africa, which is now killing them at even greater numbers than
> they've ever been killed, in history.

Obviously you haven't a clue what the historical death rates were.

300 million people died of smallpox alone in the 20th century, even
with vaccination, and it was largely wiped out by 1975 when the world
population was only 3 billion, half of what it is today.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/discovery/medicine/smallpox_01.shtml

AIDS may now be the leading killer in some southern African countries,
but even so it hasn't come near the death rates from the historical 
levels with which cholera, diphtheria, sleeping sickness, smallpox,
and other endemic diseases killed kids before the modern era.  

Even today with anti-malaria drugs, malaria kills 1-2 million per year
of the 270 million that get the disease.

http://www.mongabay.com/0904.htm

>Twenty-percent of the global population suffers from disease at any one time, according to the World Health Organization. Here are the estimated deaths in 1990 associated with various diseases. 
>SOURCE: World Health Organization 
>Infectious and parasitic diseases 17.5 million 
>Acute respiratory infections 6.9 million 
>Diarrheal diseases 4.2 million 
>Tuberculosis 3.3 million 
>Malaria 1.0-2.0 million 
>Hepatitis B 1.0-2.0 million 

http://www.aegis.com/news/newsday/1992/ND920601.html

Cholera used to be a scourge even in non-tropical countries.  Cities
were DANGEROUS places to live.  In 1849, 678 people died in Chicago of
cholera out of 25,000.  In St. Louis, it was 4,557 out of a population
of 63,000

Yellow fever killed 12,000 of 180,000 in New Orleans in 1853.  When 1
in 15 people die of just one disease in a year, the average lifespan
tends to be VERY short, which is why Africa even today has average
lifespans in the 30s, 40s and 50s.  In the 19th century and before,
average lifespans were in the 20s
http://lsm.crt.state.la.us/cabildo/cab8a.htm.

In the US 100 years ago, both tuberculosis and influenza were each as
deadly as cancer now is.
http://www.time.com/time/teach/archive/981012/text4.html

More that twice as many soldiers died of disease in the Civil War,
almost 600,000, than died on the battlefield.
http://www.cl.utoledo.edu/canaday/quackery/quack8.html

To put all this into a bottom line, the following is a graph showing
the decline in death rates over the last 200 years
http://www.umanitoba.ca/faculties/medicine/history/notes/mh6a.html

Note from that chart that the historical death rate was over 25 per
1000 at the beginning of the graph in the 1750s.  The US death rate is
now around 8.7 per 1000, and the world average death rate in 9.0 per
1000.
Modern Africa, even with AIDS, is for the most part far below the
historical death rates:
Tanzania 12.9/1000
Togo 11.2/1000
Sudan 10.3/1000
Sierra Leone 19.6/1000
Rwanda 21.0/1000

If their death rates were to rise to the historic 25 per thousand
level or higher, as might happen with the AIDS epidemic, African
population growth will likely drop to zero.

http://www.ehs.org.uk/pdfs/Wrigley%201a.pdf
discusses the changes in population in England after 1680, showing how
all the factors in population growth interplay.

lojbab



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