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The "not very effective population checks" are a clear feature of the industrial revolution era. With unprecedented technological-medical progress and uncovered bonanza of energy resources, yeah, the population was generally growing exponentially indeed, including in wannabe countries. But can the progress be taken for granted? We are just entering an era of definite limitations and a scientific analysis of them.

Some 300 years of the industrial progress is very little in evolutionary terms. Its genetic impact is tiny, especially with the Darwinian selection actually weak (with almost everyone reproducing, and consistently more resources for each generation). It can hardly compare with millennia of humanoid evolution, touching frequently both the boundaries of extinction and overrun of enhabitted environment. Sustained non-hierarchal societies are still an exception for rare progress times, for what we know.

And right, academic knowledge of female choices is tiny. There are reasons to suspect that it would rather stay that small.

by das monde on Mon Jun 29th, 2015 at 10:09:20 AM EST
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