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Go to: Human Evolution Isn't What It Used to Be

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Comment 10 by magster2

Regarding childbearing preferences, we have already seen dramatic democratic shifts in places like Israel with its higher-reproducing Arab and ultra-Orthodox Jewish subpopulations that are leaving other segments of the population behind.

Of course, I meant demographic shifts, though they must surely be having democratic effects as well!

Wed, 30 May 2012 17:28:47 UTC | #944555

Go to: Human Evolution Isn't What It Used to Be

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It seems to me that, given the following:

1.  The very high probabilities of survival to reproductive age, at least in the industrialized world

and

2.  The widespread availability of birth control

that future evolution of the human race will be driven very strongly by

a) sexual selection

and

b) differences in personal preferences regarding timing and number of children.

Have there been any studies attempting to document the relative attractiveness of intelligence vs. physical attributes, in particular whether there has been a shift in preferences towards intelligence that could be attributed to a relative advantage in performing the role of provider in the Information Age? Regarding childbearing preferences, we have already seen dramatic democratic shifts in places like Israel with its higher-reproducing Arab and ultra-Orthodox Jewish subpopulations that are leaving other segments of the population behind. Of course a great deal of this is culturally driven, but I would think any genetic components of such factors would be prominently featured in modern-day human evolution.

Fri, 25 May 2012 18:42:24 UTC | #943539

Go to: Religion as "comfort" to people in distress: fact or myth?

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Re: Comment 5 by godzillatemple

I confess: I punted when my younger daughter (now 16) went through the same phase at about age 6. (I don't remember this coming up with my older daughter.) I went the "Well, some people believe in heaven" route without explicitly stating what I personally thought the truth was, and just waited it out. (I don't remember her asking me point blank what I myself believed, but I would have answered truthfully if she had.) It absolutely broke my heart to watch what she was going through emotionally.

Like papa lazaru in comment 9, I always left it up to my children to make up their own minds about such things, while being completely forthright in expressing my own beliefs. While they both turned out atheists, it wasn't that long ago that my younger daughter expressed sadness about this life being all that she has.

Tue, 24 Apr 2012 20:15:51 UTC | #937073

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Does that diaper of Damocles contain the sword of Damocles?

Wed, 10 Aug 2011 13:41:30 UTC | #859692

Go to: William Lane Craig - for children

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I had never heard of the word aseity before, let alone seen its Wikipedia entry after googling it just now. I just thought someone had forgotten to double the s.

Wed, 10 Aug 2011 13:33:40 UTC | #859689

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