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May 29, 2008

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Senescent

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?)

Josh

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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