Religions and babies | Hans Rosling Asia's rise -- how and when | Hans 1 day ago   13:21

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http://www.ted.com Hans Rosling had a question: Do some religions have a higher birth rate than others -- and how does this affect global population growth? Speaking at the TEDxSummit in Doha, Qatar, he graphs data over time and across religions. With his trademark humor and sharp insight, Hans reaches a surprising conclusion on world fertility rates.

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Pieter vander Schoor
Number of children in 2100 will not be more than a couple of thousand, if any at all. #arcticnews (google, not YT)
Jesus is Gods only begotten Son
If you’re wondering if the high levels of abortion effect the figure; wonder no further.
It should be obvious that if you kill more children than you’re allowing to live then of course the population will meet equilibrium before dropping.
The population across Europe was in decline before the mass immigration input. People are killing their children and replacing their prospects of healthy happy christian populations in exchange with radical Muslims who hold to a quranic code of violence and butchery.
Angel Mcfadden
If there is a god,then there is.If there isn’t a god,then there isn’t.Nothing anyone says or does will change whichever fact is true.Hard to believe that billions of people can be so stupid as to spend their short lives arguing which is right.Find out,or not,when you die.
Br K
People in poorer countries need more children to help out. In the old days we used to live without things like money and grocery stores. We had larger families to help with hunting and farming. I'm confused as to why this is so confusing to people.
marie andersson
Who has the right to decide how 'many' people can live on this planet ? The planet is heavily underpopulated because of all we have killed and aborted through wars, abortion poisoning of the environment are missing etc. and people are not getting 'happier and happier' despite that we are getting fewer, they are getting more and more depressed, because we are programmed to 'multiply' and increase in number and life not in death and hinder of life!
Kagiso Tlhabano
This man sounds like Doofensmirts
Samuel Rogers
This was a great talk!
Dahlia
what's with the audience! they laugh and clap randomly and you can see and hear them talking....very distracting and disrespectful!
Akash Guha Thakurata
In India too, this data holds true, child per woman in Hindu household is 1.7 but in muslim household it's 3.5, but the reason for this is lack of education and contraceptive measures due to poverty. I hope it evens out in future.
mr snoop
religion does have an affect ... you just said that they're modernizing, which means that religions are changing
Dan H
Why do they keep clapping at random points in the talk?
Noriel Sylvire
So, can someone clarify it for me?
The gist of the thesis is that religion has no correlation with number of children per couple, but poverty and conflict do?
Desolo SubHumus
This doesn't really prove that religion has nothing to do with population growth or the number of babies per woman. It proves poverty is a huge driver of having more babies, sure, and it shows little correlation between any specific religion and having more babies, but what about the causes of poverty? Look around the world and you'll notice something: the more fervently people believe in their chosen religion, regardless of which religion they choose, and the more religion overlaps into government, the poorer the average person is within that country. Even within a country, the wealth gap between the poor and the rich appears to be wider in places populated by the most religious people.


For the most religious, science (and education in general) is seen as a sort of evil that goes against their god, which in turn leaves people unable to get jobs with the best pay. The exceptions might be TV evangelists, politicians, and the like, but they aren't actually all that religious; they just use claimed religious beliefs to gain the trust of the religious for profit. Silicon Valley has been using 'evangelical marketing' because it is so profitable, although they no longer need to make any sort of pretense that their god wants them to use a product or service - they've actually gotten to the level of turning CEOs and spokesmen into prophets of a sort, and their companies into a new religion rooted in Vulture Capitalism.


The solution isn't as simple to implement as it sounds, but shoring up mandatory education, especially in the hard sciences and in logical thinking, would go a long way towards solving poverty and the issue of too many babies.
Cactus Tree
Religion has to do.
Most religions encourage children
K. W.
Rosling really knows how to make a point...er.
krrrruptidsoless
Guy proves elitists want people to have more children so they can blame all the problems on the things created by overpopulation without saying it's overpopulation.

And reap the profits of an populated planet

Poverty comes from overpopulation

he actually thinks that when there's 10 billion people on the planet. They'll have overcome poverty

Guy is a freaking idiot
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I wish he'd gotten to debate the leader of the nationalist party, he did invite him to talk migration but the nationalist party leader never took him up on the offer. I wonder why...
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Luca L
It is an interesting talk, but I don't really get why he puts Religion into this at all? I never would have come to the conclusion that religion has something to do with that (at least on global levels), but everyone knows poorer countries = more babys...
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Asia's rise -- how and when | Hans Religions and babies | Hans Rosling 1 day ago   17:20

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http://www.ted.com Hans Rosling was a young guest student in India when he first realized that Asia had all the capacities to reclaim its place as the world's dominant economic force. At TEDIndia, he graphs global economic growth since 1858 and predicts the exact date that India and China will outstrip the US.

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