As a statistician, there is often discussion of the level of "numeracy" in the general public. This article, published in one of the country's leading magazine of thought, is kind of stunning.
"Six billion is enough." It is? Does it matter how old they are? What skills they have? Where they live? This "just do a global head count" approach to demographics is interesting.
The plan to train the Arab teenagers in France or the youngsters in the orphanages in Russia to fill future jobs in the EU isn't just about teaching a skill like how to type -- ask the West Germans who have tried to absorb a generation of East Germans. It means teaching a world-view.
Hearing someone living in upscale, downtown US say "six billion is enough" sounds a bit simplistic. "Train orphans" sounds beyond smug -- that, unfortunately, sounds like Jonathan Swift.
Apr 2 2007 - 7:18pm