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Re: [evol-psych] Researchers suggest Victorian-era people more intelligent modern-day counterparts

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  • Anna
    It is a fact that people during Victorian times had more children on average than today. Therefore this argument is a nonsense. If people in the 19C were more
    Message 1 of 5 , May 18, 2013
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      It is  a fact that people during Victorian times had more children on average than today.
      Therefore this argument is a nonsense. If people in the 19C were more intelligent ( although I see no evidence for it, unless rapid colonization of the third world is considered a sign of intelligence), then it had to be caused by different factors than claimed in the article.
      Anna
       
      Wiki:
       

      Population in the Victorian era [edit]

      The Victorian era was a time of unprecedented demographic increase in England. The population rose from 13.897 million in 1831 to 32.528 million in 1901. Two major factors affecting population growth are fertility rates and mortality rates. England was the first country to undergo the Demographic transition and the Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions.

      The Louth-London Royal Mail travelling by train from Peterborough East, 1845

       

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      style="FONT-SIZE: 16px; FONT-FAMILY: georgia">Nonsense! Queen Victoria had 9 children!!! <
       
      The "nonsense" is to suppose that the single example (Victoria) is any sort of refutation of the well established FACT that, indeed, more intelligent people ARE having fewer children (on average). Nor is it "nonsense" to see where that is leading.
       
      I wonder why people who consider themselves intelligent are so enthusiastic about a reduction in average intelligence.
       
      RAF
    • rafonda@frontier.com
      Are3 you under theĀ misapprehensionĀ that you are making a coherent argument? RAF ________________________________ From: Anna To:
      Message 2 of 5 , May 18, 2013
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        Are3 you under the misapprehension that you are making a coherent argument?

        RAF


        From: Anna <pantheon@...>
        To: evolutionary-psychology@yahoogroups.com
        Sent: Saturday, May 18, 2013 7:19 PM
        Subject: Re: [evol-psych] Researchers suggest Victorian-era people more intelligent modern-day counterparts

         
        It is  a fact that people during Victorian times had more children on average than today.
        Therefore this argument is a nonsense. If people in the 19C were more intelligent ( although I see no evidence for it, unless rapid colonization of the third world is considered a sign of intelligence), then it had to be caused by different factors than claimed in the article.
        Anna
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