From: Richard Brodie (email@example.com)
Date: Wed 28 May 2003 - 23:55:09 GMT
<<Are you implying that education tends to correlate with reduction in the
number of offspring?>>
<<What about the quality of investment in those
offspring? Some of lesser education might have more offspring, but how well
are these offsring provided for versus the relatively educated person with a
better job and more money to provide for needs of fewer offspring?>>
I don't know. I would guess they in turn would be worse educated and have
more children. Do you have any reason to think otherwise?
<<The r-strategy is cheap, spewing gametes out in the hopes that some will
take root and survive. The K-strategy is more expensive, investing in the
future of fewer offspring, including college education giving them a better
So you think the tendency to send kids to college is genetic?
<<You might think of education as a parasite because it reduces gametic
output, but this is looking at things through the lense of biological
evolution and fitness as measured by reproductive output, without
consideration of quality of life for offspring being improved by education
and ensuring their relative chances of success and that of their offspring
down the generations. If person A is uneducated and has 10 uneducated kids,
how do the chances for survival and reproduction of these kids compare to
person B who is educated and has 2 educated kids? Would all 10 children of
person A survive and subsequently produce children of their own in the same
societal superstructure as that of person B with their offspring when
looking at their respective lineages down the generations?>>
Quality of life has nothing to do with genetic fitness.
I see no reason to think that 10 uneducated kids would produce fewer
offspring than 2 educated kids, particularly with the reverse bias. It might
make a great research project though!
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