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May 29, 2008



Smaller brood sizes, more only children, more blended families and more dispersed extended families leaves the idea of identity by geneline feeling thinner and more arbitrary, maybe. As a class and individually, we reproduce memetically.

(I wonder about this sometimes, as an only child - how do you relate to the concept of universal brotherhood having no actual experience of actual brotherhood?)


Hmm, it makes me think about Roman adoption. The Romans (well, I suppose mainly the élite) were continually adopting (as well as marrying) for political reasons. People would adopt others who were only a few years younger than themselves. The position of Emperor was handed down by adoption much more often than by birth.

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