The AnkiDroid Collection (Part 30) – Poverty & Jericho

Ankidroid additions related to Science, History and Philosophy. More information about Anki can be found in this article.

The Lifting Out of Poverty

The following is stated in the video below:
More people were lifted out of poverty (in absolute and relative terms) between the years 2000 and 2015 than were lifted out of poverty in the sum total of human endeavour before then. In 1980 where 4 people in 10 lived on less than 2 dollars a day (adjusted for inflation), now it is 1 in 10. This is the greatest alleviation of poverty in human history.

In a survey of college educated adults in the UK about extreme poverty only 12 percent of participants thought extreme poverty had been alleviated in this time period.
After the Soviet Union collapsed, there existed fewer countries turning to communist dogma to formulate their economic policy and hence more countries participated in the broad free market that we drive poverty down to its lowest level than we have ever seen in history. Then what is driving the anti-capitalist ethos?


The Oldest Known City Which Still Exists Today

Based on archaeological evidence Jericho (a 10-acre area) in the Palestine territories (west bank) is thought to have existed from 10000 BC just after the last ice age (115000 – 11700BC). This pre-pottery – neolithic new stone age was formed from once Nomadic hunter gatherer tribes; prehistoric humans who coalesced on the ‘fertile crescent’ (see image left) of the Middle East helped by the uniqueness of the grasses and seeds in the area which could be cultivated and replanted.

From once being semi-migratory they subsisted on the land of fixed locations in round mud brick housing. Underground tributaries made life very fertile. Remains of gazelle, cattle, boar, sheep and goat were found and agricultural produce – wheat, barley, peas and beans.

“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”- Michel Legrand

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