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Thoughts about population, meaning, values, and numbers

How many will celebrate a birthday today?

Divide 365 days into 6.8 billion.  That computes to approximately 18.6+ million birthday celebrations each day of the year.  Birthdays are important.  Birthdays that end with "0" are among the most important.

These cities are important because they could become the world's center just to understand that number.

The world's population is approximately 6.8 billion people. The UN estimates that about 28% of that population is under the age of 15.

Though their estimates do not correspond to the estimated birth rates, for this initial exercise, we have  taken the gross population figure and the estimate of those under 15 years of age in order to do some simple extrapolations.

If we make a sliding scale to 100 years old, we should be able to grossly estimate the population of each year of life. For example, of the 2 billion children under the age of 15, there would be approximately 140,000,000 ten-year olds.

Using that same logic, there could be as many as 120 million twenty-year olds, approximately 100 million thirty-year olds, 80 million forty-year olds, 70 million fifty year olds, 60m sixty-year olds, 50m seventy year olds, 30m eighty-year olds, and 10m 90 year olds.  There are an estimated 600,000 people on earth who are over 100 years old.

Using these gross estimates as points on a bell curve, the total population for each year of life from 1 to 100+ would be approaching the estimated 6.8 billion people who inhabit Planet Earth.

Cities defined only by GPS numbers.  It has not happened yet, but it will soon.

Today, the most universally accepted numbers that define a location are the Global Positioning Coordinates.  Most of us live in a location that is uniquely defined by twelve numbers, six that define the longitude and six that define the latitude.  Within those twelve numbers are the degree (one of 360 degrees), then that is divided by 60 minutes, and then that further is divided into 60 seconds which locates anything on earth within just a few feet. 

Only ten possible cities can be defined by the simplest  coordinates...

The simplest GPS locations:  A single number and all zeroes.  In these locations one is inherently justified to explore every aspect of the meaning of that number. The quantitative becomes instantiated with the qualitative. 

Let us start with 60/60. Of four possible locations on earth, there is only one over land.  That is 60°N 60°E in the Ural Mountains of Russia.  Now, by the time any of us reach the age of 60, we know how little we know and we yearn to know things more deeply.

Travel:  Also, by the time we turn 60 years old, many have some discretionary cash to do something whimsical like take a special trip to a location on earth that focuses on the meaning and value of 60.

There are as many as 60 million people who will turn sixty years old within a given year.  That is somewhere around 164,000 people per day who are celebrating a birthday.

Come for a visit.  With all the international publicity and hoopla around such a city, it is not too difficult to image that 1% of that population (or 1,600 people) might visit on a given day. Of course, it doesn't make the city anything comparable to Walt Disney's EPCOT or Magic Kingdom (30,000 to 40,000 per day), but surely 1600 people would be a veritable invasion, a  spectacular event for this part of the world.

You will learn geography and the meaning of each latitude (and longitude).  It is important to note that 60°N is on the same latitude as Oslo, Norway, Saint Petersburg, Russia and Anchorage, Alaska. Of course, visiting such places during the winter months will be difficult.    More