Cognitive Thrift 12 – Rich and Poor

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Cognitive Thrift 12 – Rich and Poor

Scott Douglas Jacobsen & Rick Rosner

May 22, 2017

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Scott Douglas Jacobsen: I see some room for additional extension of that argument into more practical realms: statistical geographical, global perspectives. If you look at the most prosperous nations, the least religious nations, the most well-off nations in terms of health and well-being nations, and in terms of international women’s rights nations – for instance, North America and Europe, they tend to have the lowest birth rate as an inverse correlation.

If you have high on those things – irreligiosity, education, socio-economic status, you tend to have a lower birth rate. With that in mind, that might argue for that. People are more content and, therefore, that might argue against too much contentment for the persistence of a species in normal evolutionary circumstances. Of course, we have technologies that override this.

Rick Rosner: There are at least two trends fighting each other in that. You’ve got the crappy living conditions and spit out a lot of kids in the hopes that some survive versus good living conditions with a high expectation of each offspring surviving, and then you have what you’re talking about, which is people being satisfied enough in some ways that they don’t feel compelled to steadily reproduce.

Which is probably going to be an increasing trend across the next century as people’s lifespans increase, people will feel increasingly lackadaisical about the business of spitting out the net generation because the current generation doesn’t feel the clock clicking as loudly as older generations did.

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Rick Rosner

American Television Writer


Rick Rosner


Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Editor-in-Chief, In-Sight Publishing


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