Study finds most people are dead

Saturday, June 7th, 2003 - 1:50 pm PDT

A surprising new study in the New England Journal of Medicine reveals that, despite what common sense tells us, most people are actually dead. “We can’t be 100% sure of the numbers,” remarked Dr. Susan Engleton, a specialist in population studies, “but according to our best estimates, we believe that about 94.3% of all people who have ever lived are now dead.” Given these staggering numbers, she says, “it appears that the small percentage of the human race that is still alive is something of an anomaly.” Engleton says that with further research, science hopes to explain why this certain small percentage of people manages to live while by far the vast majority of others do not.