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Do the dead outnumber the living?

 
 
Reply Sat 4 Feb, 2012 02:55 pm
It is often said by Tea Party activists and A2K recidivists that there are more people alive today than have ever lived - and this "fact" has raised its head again since the UN announcement about the planet's population reaching seven billion.

Arthur C Clarke's classic, 2001: A Space Odyssey, makes the assertion:

"Behind every person now alive stand 30 ghosts, for that is the ratio by which the dead outnumber the living."

Do you agree or dissent?
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jespah
 
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Reply Sat 4 Feb, 2012 03:26 pm
@Tryagain,
There are the living, there are the dead, and there are those who are watching Jersey Shore.
Rockhead
 
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Reply Sat 4 Feb, 2012 03:28 pm
@jespah,
and then there are the newly baptized dead.

what of them. and where do zombies figure in to all of it?
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Setanta
 
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Reply Sat 4 Feb, 2012 03:30 pm
This takes no account of the undead, who are neither dead nor alive . . . typical bigotry of the quick and the dead . . .
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CalamityJane
 
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Reply Sat 4 Feb, 2012 04:02 pm
Are the Chinese ghosts included in that count?
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