May you live in interesting times

The tsunami is already among the ten most deadly disasters in recorded history.


Blogger Ragnfrid Trohaug said...

Pompeii seems like a tea party, considering all the other incidents. However, the survey you linked to showed that China has been badly struck when it comes to natural disasters. If this did not happen, would the demography be radically different than now? I now know that Malthus´theory on growth in population is insufficient, but what would China look like if the deadly earth quake in 1556 did not strike?

January 03, 2005 5:24 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm no expert, but probably not. Even allowing for Boserupian neccesity-is-the-mother-of-invention-ness, there is a limit to how many people can live in one place and be comfortable.

One possibility is that the industrial revolution would have come hundreds of years earlier, and started in China instead. Who knows? Not me.

January 03, 2005 9:07 pm  

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