December 19, 2016

IT BEGINS WITH HATING HUMANS:

Three minutes with Hans Rosling will change your mind about the world : He has influenced leaders from Melinda Gates to Fidel Castro. Now, he is on a mission to save people from their preconceived ideas. (Amy Maxmen, 14 December 2016, Nature)

Rosling's charm appeals to those frustrated by the persistence of myths about the world. Looming large is an idea popularized by Paul Ehrlich, an entomologist at Stanford University in California, who warned in 1968 that the world was heading towards mass starvation owing to overpopulation. Melinda Gates says that after a drink or two, people often tell her that they think the Gates Foundation may be contributing to overpopulation and environmental collapse by saving children's lives with interventions such as vaccines. 

Posted by at December 19, 2016 3:53 PM

  

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