RE: draft abstract Sex, Drugs and Cults

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Date: Mon Feb 18 2002 - 13:23:17 GMT

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            <There was a time when children *were* wealth. You could use their
    labor to have more children yourself and to make the tribe resistant to
    being attacked.

    > Times have changed.>
            They have but not that dramatically. A few months back on the list,
    I believe we touched on research suggesting that the social investment in
    ensuring a child reached an acceptable level of social standing was behind
    the small number of children had by the most highly developed nations. The
    same principle is at work- the average middle class parents can't afford to
    send 6 kids to law school, so better just have one or 2, but if they get to
    law school, they'll be able to to look after the parents in old age, and
    provide for any children they may have at the same standard of living. In a
    subsistence existence, as millions of people still find themselves in all
    around the world, more kids makes sense due to low survival rates etc. etc.


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