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Population expert gets views from the dead

An academic from Ghana surprised a world population conference in Beijing on Wednesday by presenting research on family planning based partly on interviews with the dead.

Using soothsayers, Philip Adongo asked village ancestors for advice on the ideal size of a family in a tribal area of the African nation."If I only heard from the living, I wouldn't get a very good balance," he explained. "This study has been the first to be conducted of respondents who are deceased."