Re: Genes say: When Rich, have Fewer Kids

The Low Golden Willow (
Fri, 7 Mar 1997 17:25:34 -0800 (PST)

On Mar 7, 5:41pm, wrote:

} Right. No doubt in some pre-industrial societies, wealthy dads did not have
} more kids. There's a lot of variety in human societies. But in most, they
} had more, at least according to conventional wisdom. In Europe, with fairly

Duh. The point of the Science article was that conventional wisdom
would be wrong.

} good records of births and social standing, it was definitely the case. I'll

And frankly I'm not sure about this. My impression was that upper class
families in feudal Europe did have fewer kids than peasant families.
Not that I've studied the data myself, but my conventional wisdom is

Merry part,
-xx- Damien R. Sullivan X-) <*>

Natural selection, the blind idiot suzerain of evolution.
(also of thought and creativity)