Friday, February 14, 2014

50 Reasons We're Living Through the Greatest Period in World History

By Donald Sensing

50 Reasons We're Living Through the Greatest Period in World History

Very thought provoking. Item number 5, for example:

5. The average American now retires at age 62. One hundred years ago, the average American died at age 51. Enjoy your golden years -- your ancestors didn't get any of them.
I am not sure that is quite the case for 100 years ago. Life expectancy simply means the expected age at which half of a given age-cohort will have died. Life expectancy changes the older you get. For example, in 1900, life expectancy for newborns was just over 48, meaning that half of infants born that year would be dead part way into 1948. But half of people who were already 20 in 1900 could expect to live to age 62. 

Nonetheless, the point is well taken. Consider that in 1911, life expectancy at birth was 50 (rounded to nearest year) but by 2011 it had risen to 76. 

All these figures are for white males for no reason other than that table was at the top of the page. Numbers for other groups are also given. See this page.

One more reason from the list:
16. Worldwide deaths from battle have plunged from 300 per 100,000 people during World War II, to the low teens during the 1970s, to less than 10 in the 1980s, to fewer than one in the 21st century, according to Harvard professor Steven Pinker. "War really is going out of style," he says.
Read the whole thing.