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From: "Andy Robertson" 
Subject: Re: (urth) PEACE: Smart's relatives
Date: Sat, 19 Oct 2002 16:46:59 +0100

I have been kind of out of things for the past few weeks, but I will just
drop a note about life expectancy:

It has **always** been the case that someone who reaches 20 can expect to
get to 60.   This is so now in very poor countries.   Life expectancies are
averages, not limits.

What has changed is the proportion of people who get to puberty.  There used
to be a *lot* of children dying before reproductive age.  Fewer now.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Michael Andre-Driussi" 
Sent: Saturday, October 19, 2002 4:18 PM
Subject: Re: (urth) PEACE: Smart's relatives

> Roy quoted me and wrote:
> >>Let's say Smart was born in 1900, when life expectancy for a man was
> >>48 (iirc), and died in 1963 at age 63.  Any relative who was old enough
> >>help him when he was 20-something would be 70 or 80-something after he
> >died!


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