23 April 2007

Dysgenics Watch--Europe

In the recent motion picture "Idiocracy," the average IQ of the population declined because more intelligent people had stopped having babies. This phenomenon is referred to as dysgenics. It is happening in Europe.
The number of highly educated women who are starting families has plummeted in the past decade, according to findings that provide the most detailed insight yet into education and fertility.

While some women are making a conscious decision not to have children, others are simply leaving it too late after taking years to build their careers, buy a home and find the right partner. Graduates who do become mothers are having fewer children, and later.

If the low birth rate trend continues, then the eventual rate of childlessness among graduates now aged in their twenties is likely to be even higher than a third.

The findings come from a ground-breaking study into more than 5,000 women born in 1970 and tracked throughout their lives by researchers at the Centre for Longitudinal Studies, based at the Institute of Education in London.

It revealed that 40 per cent of the graduate women were childless at age 35. The researchers forecast that by the time they reach the likely end of their child-bearing years at 45, about 30 per cent will still be childless.

In Europe, the void left by the failure of the educated classes to have children is filled by mostly uneducated muslim immigrants. While persons with the ambition to emigrate from the third world may have higher IQs than the population average of their home country, it is not as high as the average IQ in their adopted countries. Such immigration into a population void tends to have a dysgenic effect.

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Blogger Michael Anissimov said...

This may be the case, but the speed of dysgenic decline is quite slow relative to the improvements in capability offered by technology. It is overwhelmingly likely that cheap, widespread human enhancement technologies will make this issue moot. Of course I'm talking about cognitive enhancement in this case. Google Nick Bostrom and Anders Sandberg for more information on cognitive enhancement technologies and their relative nearness.

Monday, 23 April, 2007  
Blogger al fin said...

Ah, but I suspect that the technology you refer to will only become available for the aftermath. It certainly seems that humans are plenty stupid enough right now to bring about a regression from the more enlightened "rule of law" governments in the Anglosphere.

But once again, I support your optimism, and every effort to bring about a more intelligent human society.

Thursday, 26 April, 2007  

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