How many descendants?
Very few people bother to determine what an amazing potential for overpopulation they have. Let us consider yours. If you and your wife have a meager two children, it would seem you are not adding much to the world. But let’s suppose that in 5 years each of your children has two children. In another 25 years,each grandchild has two kids. In another 25 years, each great-grandchild has two offspring-and so on for a thousand years. How many descendants would you have?
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You would have over one trillion descendants.
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