Re: Cycles of history: epistemologically suspect? (was Cultural

Michael Lorrey (
Mon, 16 Jun 1997 14:01:58 -0400

Carl Feynman wrote:
> Only if the cycles are defined with sufficent imprecision. Here's a
> cyclical theory that is suffciently precise to be disproved: the rate of
> growth of the French population has oscillated from psotive to negative with
> a 47-year period since the twelfth century. I just made this theory up, and
> it's probably false.
> But it's hardly vacuous.

Considering that the French are always getting into wars that they lose,
its rather beleivable that there is such an effect of baby booms after
each period of getting the shit kicked out of them, then baby busts
after that

			Michael Lorrey
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