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January 31, 2005 / TildeWill

The Wolrd World Is Not Ending

To make a gross overstatement, everyone seems convinced that society is going to collapse into a mass of uncontrolled, unmoral, stupid people. It seems like everywhere I go and everything I read I hear someone make a remark about how the smart people aren’t having children and the dumb people are knocking boots like crazy. I admit I’ve said it a few times myself, but I’ve been thinking about it more and more lately.

Methods of birth control have bee practiced since ancient times. Literature describes things like “pulling out” from the 8th century. Condoms have been available in the US since 1840. Methods of performing an abortion are described in sanscrit. Just because the pill has only been around since the 1960’s doesn’t mean that the world is ending. It simply means that we’re getting better at the things we’ve been doing; and these more sure-fire methods are available to even the most unintelligent people.

Now it is still true that the poor have more children than the rich as is shown in this table, but the table also shows that the poor in rural areas are more likely to use contraceptives than the rich. I ran across some math that accounts for the higher fertility rates in poor areas than rich.

My point is that the world is not ending and the smart people are not going to be overrun with dumb people anytime soon, so relax, do what you want to do, and enjoy!

Here’s some reading:
The History of Birth Control by Kathleen London of Yale University
The History of Birth Control by Julie Oyler, M.D. of University of Chicago Hospitals

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  1. Mario / Jan 31 2005 1:38 pm

    I have absolutely no problem with the smart people becoming less and the dumb people becoming more. This greatly reduces competitive pressures amongst the smart ones and at the same time provides the world with more cheap labor to exploit in the form of the dumb ones.

  2. Nads / Jan 31 2005 10:47 pm

    The funniest thing is that you managed to misspell a word in the title of your post about dumb people. Perhaps YOU are the one that deserves a faucet to the head.

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