Darwin Awards and the educated woman.

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Darwin Awards and the educated woman.

Post by Lance Kennedy » Fri Dec 22, 2017 11:48 pm

Reference : New Scientist, 16 December 2017, page 19

A Darwin award is when a person fails to pass on his or her genes. It turns out that the more education a woman has, the less likely she is to have children. If a woman has a post graduate degree, she is less likely to have children than a woman who never gets married.

Well educated women who DO have children are much more likely to have them later in life. Darwin strikes again. Older mothers, for some currently unrecognised biological reason, are less likely to have grandchildren. In other words, their offspring are more likely to remain childless.

What is the moral of this story?

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Post by gorgeous » Sat Dec 23, 2017 12:08 am

people who have kids are stupid...
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Post by Matthew Ellard » Sat Dec 23, 2017 12:10 am

gorgeous wrote:people who have kids are stupid...
Your parents told us that years ago.

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Re: Darwin Awards and the educated woman.

Post by TJrandom » Sat Dec 23, 2017 12:58 am

Education is not intelligence - so I don`t see the societal or gene pool harm in educated women not having as many children, or their children not having children.

Women who have children are not stupid, though they may indeed be less educated on average.

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Post by ElectricMonk » Sat Dec 23, 2017 5:06 am

Educators and researchers can pass their knowledge on, which is a kind of Darwinian process with possibly far greater impact than a child.

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Post by Gawdzilla Sama » Sat Dec 23, 2017 4:08 pm

Moral? Baby factories are less likely to be successful at anything else.
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Post by Nikki Nyx » Wed Jan 03, 2018 9:18 pm

Lance Kennedy wrote:Reference : New Scientist, 16 December 2017, page 19

A Darwin award is when a person fails to pass on his or her genes. It turns out that the more education a woman has, the less likely she is to have children. If a woman has a post graduate degree, she is less likely to have children than a woman who never gets married.

Well educated women who DO have children are much more likely to have them later in life. Darwin strikes again. Older mothers, for some currently unrecognised biological reason, are less likely to have grandchildren. In other words, their offspring are more likely to remain childless.

What is the moral of this story?
As a race, we're destined to become more and more stupid over the generations? Ugh.

My mom earned her PhD, but not until my brother and I were out of high school.
I have a BA, and had my one daughter at the age of 25.
My daughter, nearly 28 years old, doesn't want children. (I find her reasoning logical; there are a multitude of chronic medical disorders in our family, and she doesn't wish to pass on those genes. She admits she may consider adoption at some point.)
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