Saturday, 9 August 2014

Modernity is a lethal disease - therefore the human species is under harsh selection for *resistance* to Modernity

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That Modernity is a lethal disease can be seen from the grossly abnormal behaviour of the most thoroughly-modern people in the most modern societies - in particular that the reproductive success (average number of viable offspring person) of modern people in modern societies is substantially below replacement levels (this being the objective, biological measure of a disease - or a pathology).

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So Modernity is perhaps the major selection pressure operating on mankind now and for the past several generations. What is being selected-for is heritable resistance to Modernity -  immunity-against modernity.

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Some people seem to be naturally immune to having their fertility suppressed. They just do not respond to the societal signals and controls which encourage everybody else not to have children, to delay having children, and to have as few as possible. They just carry on having more than two kids, and 'society' makes sure that however many they have, they will be raised up to a sexually viable maturity.

IF the reasons that these people carry on having more-than-two children is heritable - THEN this is natural selection; because the proportion of Modernity-immune people will increase in each generation.

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What sorts of thing that resist modernity are heritable?

Individual features such as low intelligence, or a short-termist and impulsive personality, and group features such as exhibited by some religions.

Some modernity-resisting religions are heritable - on average, offspring are retained above-replacement fertility is maintained - and group selection will tend to make the proportion of people in these religions expand with each generation.

And this is what we find.

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