Like compounding interest on an investment in the stock market: (17:00) What about the Aztecs, Mesopotamia, Egypt? Need conducive physical environments , they weren’t continuous, only in China and India Why Europe and US? They aren’t ancient. Europeans had the industrial revolution and scientific revolution: Increased productivity, as tech increased, so did surplus, more people alive longer thanks to science Isn’t every place on earth part of civilization? Every place on the globe has access to tech, ag. Surpluses, medicine, int’l aid, urbanization. One of the reasons why populations are growing all over the planet, but the physical region is not the same, historical background/lineage, cultural attitudes (Family size) are not the same so population growth rates are not the same Population is not evenly spread out World Region Populations: East Asia: 1.5B, South Asia: 1.4B, Sub Saharan Africa: 700M, Southeast Asia: 600M, Middle East: 550M, South America: 500M, Western Europe: 400M, North America: 340M, Eastern-Europe: 200M, Russia: 145M, Japan: 127M, Mexico: 115M, Central Asia: 100M, Turkey 70M, Central America: 45M, Caribbean: 40M, Australia/NZ: 23M Some regions are growing, while some are actually getting smaller
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