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Also, the ridiculous number of people who would inhabit earth these days if the universe was more than 6,000 years old... For example, the population of the United States has doubled over the last 50 or so years... At a rate of doubling every 50 years, the world would go from 2 people to 8 billion people... in a mere 1600 years!! Can you IMAGINE if man had been around for 2 million years? Or even half that? Or even half of half? It's unfathomable. Absolutely unfathomable.

GPickypick, Christianity.com Forums 17 Comments [12/1/2003 12:00:00 AM]
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Except that people used to die at much much younger ages, totally throwing off your little experiment in population statistics. And there were plagues, and many more babies died, and women died in childbirth...

11/23/2006 1:45:52 PM


And well Man was only just begining to develop 2 million years ago

11/23/2006 1:58:38 PM


So you're basing the world population growth on the selective growth of only 1/16th of the world population. Yeah, that'll provide you with accurate result.

You really are as dumb as shit.

8/28/2008 7:40:38 PM


Stop doing bad math. This will help:

Are Humans Smarter Than Yeast?

8/28/2008 8:01:46 PM

Reverend Jeremiah

Natural selection, wars, and human on human atrocities..if you are going to start something, please think it all the way through.

9/5/2008 7:27:26 PM


Ever hear of life expectancy? Yeah, it used to be twenty years. People used to die before they would've been considered adults in our culture. Toss yourself off a cliff.

7/17/2010 2:28:38 PM


Before modern medicine, I doubt that the population doubled every fifty years. I think that's been a very, very recent event.

7/17/2010 2:41:13 PM


Yep, because if the population has doubled in the last 50 years, it must have doubled EVERY 50 years since the first two people were poofed into existence. After all, there is no way for the rate of population growth to change...

11/30/2010 4:50:18 PM


It's called the death rate.

Learn2research, gpicky.

11/30/2010 5:47:26 PM


A thousand years ago you were lucky to raise one child to adulthood, to just replace youself. Here's the real kicker, he may never breed successfully, his wife could die while pregnant and an impacted wisdom tooth infects his skull and he dies at 27. We have population and birth records from only 150 years ago where still births were higher and disease took out many more.

12/1/2010 10:04:24 AM


May I also point out that even by your maths, 6000 years would be way too much time. Use a calculator and take 2 to the 120th power because thats what a doubling every 50 years since Adam and Eve would add up to.

In just 3000 years you would have 1,152,921,504,606,847,000 people. I couldn't find an online calculator to go to 120...does not compute lol.

12/1/2010 10:54:16 AM


It hasn't been until recent centuries that population growth increased steadily. Before that we didn't have the infrastructure or the health care to support civilization like we know it today. Living to your thirties was a good run in most cases.

12/2/2010 6:36:04 PM

Because the population of the United States from 1950-2000 is perfectly indicative of the population of the World from -1,800,000 BCE to 2000 CE

3/21/2011 5:13:31 AM


Up until the turn of the 20th century, people only lived to about 30-50 years of age, and the infant mortality rate was somewhere between 20 and 50 percent.
Before 1900 it probably took thousands of years for populations to double, in prehistoric times probably hundreds of thousands of years.

Germ theory and the industrial revolution have helped us to live longer and healtier lives. That's why populations have exploded over the last 50 years or so.

3/21/2011 5:20:45 AM


So, the concept of a population being more or less steady due to it's limited food source is "unfathomable."

Hint: When someone says "overpopulated," they don't mean people don't have enough space. They mean people don't have enough food.

10/20/2011 9:18:00 AM


Way to fail exponentials.
If we had doubled every 50 years for 6000 years, there would have been only 2 people in the year 375 CE. We did not, because they also died like flies.
Pickypick, meet Malthus.

10/20/2011 9:59:40 AM


That's what happens in 1600 years. How about 6000 years, little YEC?

By the way, real data:
Year - World population (mln)
2000 6100
1900 1650
1800 1000
1700 800
1600 700??

Year - Population of Europe (mln)
1800 150
1700 100
1600 105
1500 85
1400 60
1300 90
1200 85
1100 70
1000 60

In the same period China fluctuated between 60 and 150 million, though with different peaks and falls.

Roman Empire (200 a.d.): +-90 million
Apart from censuses in China and ancient Rome, statistics for Europe are quite reliable thanks to registries for baptisms, weddings and funerals - just about the only thing I can thank the Church for.
The big drop in the 14th century is the plague, the smaller drop in the 17th century is religious war, the unprecedented increase in the 18th century is hurray for science. Brought to you by Team Enlightenment.

5/13/2012 1:35:28 PM

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