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To agree that stupid people are breeding more than smart ones

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Holamum Sun 02-Mar-14 16:45:12

I read this article and the comments. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22002530

It is not unrealistic that the human race will be extinct one day, especially since the sun is probably finite.

There was a comment on that page that refers to Mike Judge's film Indiocracy - suggesting the problem is that stupid people are breeding more than intelligent people because smart people are more responsible. The film is a comedy but the commentator says 'it's bang on the money on what's happening at the moment'.

I actually found myself agreeing. Most of the intelligent people I know have as many children as they can afford (which is one or two maximum).

AIBU to think this?

Holamum Sun 02-Mar-14 16:46:12

www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22002530

This is the article link!

Mintyy Sun 02-Mar-14 16:47:16

Charming

LEMmingaround Sun 02-Mar-14 16:48:46

I would imagine then, tht you have quite a brood!

Kezzybear Sun 02-Mar-14 16:48:48

Well I have three, does that make me stupid? All planned and we support ourselves except for child benefit.

Kezzybear Sun 02-Mar-14 16:50:11

yabu as I'm sure u know.

Holamum Sun 02-Mar-14 16:52:00

I am not saying that I am one of the intelligent ones - I am more of an emotional person. Only that the intelligent people I know have less children. Look at the Clintons - they just had one.

NoArmaniNoPunani Sun 02-Mar-14 16:52:13

Even if it were the case, why does it matter?

What you are arguing smacks of eugenics to me

BrownSauceSandwich Sun 02-Mar-14 16:52:17

The sun is finite... Well, I don't plan on worrying about that for another few billion years. confused

LucilleBluth Sun 02-Mar-14 16:53:29

So the offspring of the 'stupid' people are automatically stupid too shock

Ludways Sun 02-Mar-14 16:54:04

Uneducated doesn't mean they are stupid and educated doesn't mean you're intelligent.

I'm educated and intelligent, so there!

SwayingBranches Sun 02-Mar-14 16:54:13

All I got from the article is that scientists will kill us all!

LEMmingaround Sun 02-Mar-14 16:54:39

Yeah - look at the clintons! He didn't even think so cover his PA's laundry bill - real bright spark there!

HoldMeCloserTonyDanza Sun 02-Mar-14 16:54:44

xkcd.com/603/

Idiocracy is the worst.

RedFocus Sun 02-Mar-14 16:55:10

We have 3 dc's and we support ourselves without benefits. I would say neither of us are stupid. We went to University and I had a good job before the dc's arrived and my dh is an engineer.
So YABU op and pretty stupid yourself.

Alisvolatpropiis Sun 02-Mar-14 16:55:16

Survival of the fittest does not necessarily refer to the intellectually superior.

JonSnowKnowsNothing Sun 02-Mar-14 16:55:55

A shame you worded your title so thoughtlessly as I think there could have been an interesting debate on this issue.

NeedsAsockamnesty Sun 02-Mar-14 16:56:04

Is this the same Clinton that did not know a blow job in his office was the same as sexual contact?

ikeaismylocal Sun 02-Mar-14 16:57:44

The intelligent people you know op can't be especially intelligent if they can only afford 1 or 2 children.

Do you think the Clinton's could only afford one so they thought they'd be reasonable and just stick to the one dc?

LEMmingaround Sun 02-Mar-14 16:58:23

Actually you have a point - David Cameron has four children!

Grennie Sun 02-Mar-14 16:58:25

This OP is based on the idea that intelligence is hereditary. Actually there is a drfit towards the mean in terms of intelligence. So less intelligent parents are more likely to have children that are more intelligent than them and closer to average, and vice versa with more intelligent parents.

Innogen Sun 02-Mar-14 16:59:23

My parents are thick and I'm welllllll clever.

They had two and I want four. -rolls eyes-

biscuit

Grennie Sun 02-Mar-14 16:59:29

And survival of the fittest is about the survival of species, not individuals. There is lots of evidence to show that kindness and altruism helps our individual survival.

ForgetMeKnots Sun 02-Mar-14 16:59:35

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Vibrissa Sun 02-Mar-14 16:59:56

"Most of the intelligent people I know have as many children as they can afford (which is one or two maximum)."

The Clintons can only afford one or two?

Do you live in a shoe, OP? <just a guess>

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