Junior Ganymede
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Families, Sex Equality, the Sexual Revolution

September 28th, 2011 by G.

Pick any one. This article is interesting fodder for discussion and reflection.

On a related demography bore note, ever wonder why BYU has a law school and a MBA program, but otherwise pretty tepid graduate programs. This is why. Education decreases family, income helps it.

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September 28th, 2011 17:47:16
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MC
September 29, 2011

Fascinating that IQ has no effect. Must be income countervailing education.


Bookslinger
September 30, 2011

IQ does not correlate with education. Education can bring knowledge, not intelligence.

(Though those with higher IQ’s may gravitate or self-select towards higher education, higher education does not increase IQ. Oftentimes you just end up with educated idiots. )


Vader
September 30, 2011

I’m fairly confident that a skillful educator can raise the I.Q. of a dull but determined student The brain responds to exercise like any other organ.

Since our educators are rarely skilled nad our dull students rarely determined, it’s admittedly kind of a moot point.


MC
September 30, 2011

“Though those with higher IQ’s may gravitate or self-select towards higher education, higher education does not increase IQ.”

My point was not that education causes higher IQ (which supposedly does not change over time). My point was that high IQ people tend to get more education, but they also tend to earn more, and those factors appear to cancel each other out when it comes to having big families.

Not on a personal level, mind you, but on a population level. For every lifetime student who never gets married because they borrowed $300,000 for their Ph.d*, there’s a doctor who felt free to have four or more kids because of his income.

*although it might just be all those classes in feminist/queer theory that discouraged a traditional life path.


Adam G.
September 30, 2011

MC,
at the link the comments are pretty good. One suggests that the education/income effects probably vary by sex. That is, the income boost to fertility is probably specific to men, and the education detriment is probably specific to women. Would be interesting to know.


MC
September 30, 2011

“That is, the income boost to fertility is probably specific to men, and the education detriment is probably specific to women.”

Sounds about right. And that would suggest, would it not, that the best course for BYU is to admit relatively fewer women into the MBA and law programs? [hides under desk]


Vader
September 30, 2011

I think you nailed it, Adam. MC’s solution is not practicable in the present climate, however.


Bookslinger
September 30, 2011

MC: thanks for the clarification.


MC
September 30, 2011

“MC’s solution is not practicable in the present climate, however.”

I find your lack of faith disturbing.


Adam G.
October 1, 2011

MC,
from all of us here at the JG, we wish that your stay under your desk may be profitable and progenitive.

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