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In which John discusses some of the maps he uses to try to understand the big stories of contemporary human life on Earth. The maps used in this video and other sources. First, our world in data is an AMAZING resource: http://ourworldindata.org

1. The world population divided into tenths: https://www.reddit.com/r/MapPorn/comments/8j2rso/each_section_has_10_of_the_worlds_population/

2. Peru and Somalia are bigger than you might expect: https://www.reddit.com/r/MapPorn/comments/8jif61/the_true_sizes_of_peru_and_the_usa_with/ and
https://www.reddit.com/r/MapPorn/comments/8f5vua/the_true_size_of_somalia/

3. Mean years of schooling have risen worldwide: https://ourworldindata.org/global-rise-of-education

4. CO2 emissions over time have risen. https://ourworldindata.org/co2-and-other-greenhouse-gas-emissions

5. So has the temperature almost everywhere on Earth: https://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2015/11/graphics-climate-change

6. This fascinating map of global borders shows how new most nation states are, and how recent their borders were established: https://www.reddit.com/r/MapPorn/comments/7ndxz9/i_tried_to_find_the_date_of_origin_for_every/

7. A dramatic increase in the percentage of births attended by trained healthcare workers has contributed to a dramatic decline in maternal mortality worldwide: https://ourworldindata.org/maternal-mortality

8. I'm not one of those people who think we're on the verge of conquering death, but we are delaying death significantly, although much work remains to be done, especially among impoverished communities. But in the last 35 years, life expectancy has increased by over ten years in most nations. Nothing like this has ever happened before--we've never seen a consistent, worldwide increase in life expectancy. Like, never. So that is worth celebrating. https://ourworldindata.org/life-expectancy

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So on the Youtube channel Healthcare Triage doctor Aaron Carroll often says that data is not the plural of anecdote. But in a world where there are so many factual anecdotes out there it can be difficult to see the larger truth that data can tell us for instance there are terrible crimes every day in the United States, but that doesn't change the fact that the US homicide rate is lower than it was 10 or 20 or 30 years ago. Anyway to try to understand the world better I often use maps and here are seven that I found especially helpful. First we have this map which divides the human population into tenths I like this one because it reminds me that Canda, the United States, Mexico, most of the Caribbean, Chile, Peru and more only constitute 1/10 of the world's population (?~0:40)