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National Geographic “Seven Billion” program identifies world’s most typical person, a Han Chinese man

U.S. National Geographics Society has launched a program, “Seven Billion,” exposing the current conditions of us humans on this planet. The video below is a segment on what the “typical” person looks like. Based on a certain set of criteria used, a right-handed, cell phone owning, 29 year-old, ethnic Han Chinese man was selected. The image of the Chinese man was created by the Chinese Academy of Sciences compositing 190,000 29 year-old’s from China.

I highly recommend a visit to the “Seven Billion” web site. The title of course is the total number of people on this planet today. It has many interesting statistics. For example, 13% of the world’s population speaks Mandarin as their first language. They are followed by 5% Spanish and 5% English. China is expected to have 50+% living in urban areas by 2015. See my prior post, “Father’s Prairie, Mother’s River – the feelings of one billion people on the move,” where I talked about this mass migration of Chinese population that is happening these few decades.

It is smart for National Geographics to have established a relationship with the Chinese Academy of Sciences in the past and now leveraging it. Likewise, I am sure they have teamed up with similar organizations in India and other countries in pulling necessary materials together.

Many people wonder why the American perspective is so pervasive. I would say, by producing this “Seven Billion” program, the American way of looking at the world gets propagated. This is so, because having capital, having a domestic market capable of giving the return on investment, National Geographics is willing and does it.

Thus, as I have always said, as China becomes richer economically, the Chinese perspectives will increasingly get heard.

  1. Charles Liu
    March 4th, 2011 at 10:11 | #1

    That composite face look a little Japanese to me. It’s also bit 娘 if you ask me, possibly from sampling of female faces?

  2. Ban Yani
    March 4th, 2011 at 10:51 | #2

    So it’s not Chris Devonshire Ellis? [link deleted]

    [Folks, this is spamming. I am leaving this up as an example. Will be deleting these in the future. yinyang March 4, 2011]

  3. March 8th, 2011 at 00:41 | #3

    You know, when I saw this, I half expected it to look like someone I knew or someone I’ve seen before… but alas this face did not seem familiar in the least. Although it was definitely very interesting to see.

  4. March 8th, 2011 at 06:00 | #4

    OK, I will admit it.

    It is ME! I am the typical human being on National Geographics.

    Darn! Now everyone on the web knows what I look like!

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