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Darwin-L Message Log 5:145 (January 1994)

Academic Discussion on the History and Theory of the Historical Sciences

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<5:145>From azlerner@midway.uchicago.edu  Wed Jan 26 00:04:07 1994

Date: Wed, 26 Jan 94 00:12:18 CST
From: "asia z lerner" <azlerner@midway.uchicago.edu>
To: darwin-l@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu
Subject: Re: tools

[birth rate and technological development at odds]

	I don't see a problem at all.  It could simply mean that from an
	evolutionary point of view indivduals in the technologically developed
	world who reproduce less than folks in the less developed nations are
	less fit, and are being selected against by natural selection.

Well, if you are prepared to admit that, than no problem. People usually
feel this to be kinda funny.

	Evolution will occur assuming there exists a genetic component involved
	in the advent of technology, which surely there is.

Hmmm. I am not sure that you actually want to suppose a genetic component
to one's ability to learn the use of technology. I don't think such views
are terribly well supported empirically, either.

Btw - a belated introduction: Grad student in History of Science in the
University of Chicago. Areas of interest to be determined, but the upcomming
MA test is on Sociobiology and Human Nature, Historiography of History of
Science and the Question of identity in NT and NT studies, of all things.

Hello/Goodby,  Asia

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