Celebrity advice (was: Advice to a Junior in High School?)

Gerrit Holl gerrit at nl.linux.org
Wed Aug 27 21:11:43 CEST 2003


Andrew Dalke wrote:
> Me:
> > Given a population of 4 billion (roughly, over the century) and assuming
> > the US rate is average for the world, that's
> >
> > >>> 4000000000 / 100000. * 9.2
> > 368000.0
> > >>>
> >
> > or roughly 0.5% of the deaths attributed to murders in the cause of
> > war.  Roughly in line with Terry's claims.
> 
> Oops!  That's *per* *year*.  Multiply by 100 to get the number
> of homicides in a century == 37 million.

In a (post-)(civil-)war situation, the difference between homocide
and war can be extremely vague, so this number may me much higher (and/or
the number of war deaths lower). Not every death is classifyable.

Gerrit.

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