Ask A Genius 450 – The Future of Cultures (3)

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Ask A Genius 450 – The Future of Cultures (3)

November 21, 2018

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Rick Rosner: You mentioned off-tape the traditional forces or the forces for tradition out-reproducing simply the more eccentric ways of living. A good example might be Catholic families.

If Catholic families pump out 5 kids on average and atheist families only pump out 1.6 kids on average, then eventually Catholics and Christianity more generally, and more religion more generally, will be the more dominant cultures.

Because the big religions that survive across the generations and centuries are good at passing on themselves, at indoctrinating people – as opposed to people with more fringy beliefs like forms of atheism and agnosticism. It is only recently within the last couple hundred years that scientism has been powerful enough to be instillable from generation to generation.

Jacobsen: These beliefs do not have to map onto the real world to any high degree of fidelity. In fact, they simply have to value the particular set of things that shorten the span between generations and increase the offspring per generation

Rosner: You’re saying get them barefoot and pregnant and spit out as many kids as possible.

Jacobsen: But also provide the values for family and community to provide the comfort to be able to do these things in contexts where this wouldn’t happen otherwise.

Rosner: Yes.

Jacobsen: In other words, in terms of the traditional roles being affirmed, men orient yourselves in such a way to be able to provide for your family. Women, in terms of your role being affirmed, take care of the home, have and take care of the kids, and bring forth life in an image of Christ thing.

Rosner: Yes, because of everything lining up.

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Rick Rosner

American Television Writer


Rick Rosner

Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Editor-in-Chief, In-Sight Publishing


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