Fr. Phil Bloom wrote:
"To have everyone lie down in Jacksonville, Sassone pictured them lying on their sides for his three square feet. I suppose he was assuming an average thickness less that 6 " and a height less than 6 '. We'd probably need a cross section of volunteers to prove it one way or another."
Unfortunately, my thickness across the middle is now greater than 6", so I wouldn't be able to fit into this small space. Of course, if we make sufficiently ridiculous assumptions, we can have the entire world population dancing on the head of a pin!
When I was a kid, the population control folks did have something like that. They showed us a picture of a small globe with people squeezed together on the outside, even a few falling off. I was surprised to discover, 40 years later, that altho world population had doubled, you could still fit us all (snugly) into one U.S. city. (Admittedly one w/ a larger than average area)
Fr. Phil Bloom
Overpopulation (Facts vs. Fears)
The "Baby Bust" and the Future of Social Security
The amazing example of Hong Kong
Population Research Institute offers an in-depth study of these questions.
Population Reference Bureau "providing timely and objective information on population"
A letter from Brian Carnell who operates a popular website which discusses both sides of this issue.
Your comments or questions are welcome.