Mao Wuz Here: The Great Leap, Uh, Forward?

Originally posted at Science 2.0 on 16 December 2009.

I came across this graph from the US Census Bureau on io9. They project the linear trend after 1965 out to 2050, assuming no major changes, which is always dangerous. The short story is that the Ehrlichian fear of massive overpopulation may not come true due to worldwide reductions in population growth. The human population might peak in the not so distant future. I might have to rethink my prediction of when evolution will finally vanquish creationism/intelligent design.

But, let’s ask the real question. What the hell happened in 1960? Continue reading “Mao Wuz Here: The Great Leap, Uh, Forward?”

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