February 23, 2011

Lou Dobbs

Dear Lou Dobbs:
I agree that the federal government is not a helpful presence in education.  It is better handled locally.  As it turns out, this is a principle with many applications.  The one that interests me is fertility.  We have long been told that there are too many children in the world, but a look at modern statistics shows that the birth rate has been unsustainably low in the developed world for a generation. 

As it turns out, a degree of kinship between partners is required for normal fertility.  And the kinship is remarkably close.  Within an order of magnitude, a one room schoolhouse is a good approximation of the social horizon a child can have if the community is to survive. 

I am attaching a draft of a poster I plan to present in Vancouver next month to the meeting of the American College of Medical Genetics.  (I cannot promise.  Last year I was thrown out of the meeting of the Genetics Society of America without any valid reason given.  I think that was extreme and do not expect it to happen again.) 

The poster gives my evidence.  Look it over and please let me know what you think.


M. Linton Herbert MD

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