Sunday, October 22, 2006

I write about demographics...

I have written about demographics for many years, and find it entrancing.

But I do not understand why about 104 girls are born for every 100 boys.

Any ideas?
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TK (to come, in publishing lingo):

Posts re: Why identical twins are different, the five senses, the long boom in equity prices, why I do believe the GOP will do better than expected, and that exceptionally American holiday, Thanksgiving, when we gather together to ask the Lord's blessing... and much more.

I love blogging: It is fun and frrrustrating.

Ben

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

But I do not understand why about 104 girls are born for every 100 boys.

I think you have this reversed: there are more boys born than girls. The ratio varies somewhat geographically, often substantially due to artficial things like sex selection or even female infanticide (e.g. India and China), but for natural births boys outnumber girls (as far as I know). Various reasons are hypothesized/postulated for this.

October 22, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you a Christian now, Ben? I thought you were Jewish. I didn't know Jews used the word "Lord" these days. Doesn't that mean "Jesus"?

You said in this post: "that exceptionally American holiday, Thanksgiving, when we gather together to ask the Lord's blessing..."

October 22, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ben, you should know that Thanksgiving is not an "exceptionally American holiday" as you said in an earlier post. The feast we know as Thanksgiving is closely related to an annual tradition called the "Harvest festival," which has occurred all over Europe since pagan times, particularly in the United Kingdom.

Canadians celebrate it as well -- in fact, the first Thanksgiving in North America predated the Pilgrims, occurring in 1578 in what is now Newfoundland.

On United States soil, the first Thanksgiving actually occurred in Texas, among the expedition of Spanish conquistador Francisco Coronado. He had made friends with a group of Texas indians, which had helped him find food. "In the sense of a feast in gratitude to God celebrated by Europeans in North America," this was the first Thanksgiving in the US, according to Wikipedia.

October 22, 2006  

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