In Message 24 of this topic, RaSBeY offers the following statistic: "The human sub-group with the highest W value are the 'Plain People,' the Amish and Mennonites, with over 9 children per couple ..." to support his theory that "believing in truth [Christian Creationism] improves one's [reproductive] fitness."
Years ago, I picked up produce from the Plain People of Pennsylvania and Western Maryland. I never once noticed any T.V. antenae, radios, or much else in the way of entertainment other than watching the "birds and the bees" and the occasional Amish Country equivalent of a Hollywood blockbuster hit, "Spring Field Fever," subtitled "Hey, Hezekiah, Come Quick, Beaureguard is Mounting Elsie!" Not to mention that, lacking electricity, a majority of the community hits the sack within a hour past sundown. Add these factors to a strong indocrination in "go forth, multiply, and be plentiful," plus total disregard for birth control, and you have all the makings of huge families regardless of individual sperm counts or female fertility rates.
Come to think of it though, how does this theory of RaSBeY's figure with regard to the gross overpopulation in the Buddhist Orient?
One of the more arcane methods used to date the handful of specimens who were fortunate enough to survive Noah's Flood is to count the tree rings in the huge gopher wood beams that Ron Wyatt found on Mt. Ararat.
Apparently, Ron discovered that the largest of the beams used in the super structure revealed through their growth rings to be in excess of two thousand years old, kind of like the giant redwoods of California.
Mr. Wyatt added two thousand to his 2350 BCE date for the Flood, to arrive at 4350 BCE as the most recent possible date of Creation of homo sapiens. Since this date did not coincide with the date generally acceptable to his pro-Creationist collegues, he apparently neglected to include this information in his subsequent writings.
Literalists are eagerly awaiting the release of a study that is intended to prove that gopherwood trees reflected two sets of growth rings for each year unlike other species. The research is still incomplete, but should be available for publication in the near future, as soon as geneticists are able to clone gopherwood trees using the DNA from the beams Wyatt found on Ararat.
Film on Mysteries of Genesis, TLN, at 10:00
[This message has been edited by Abshalom, 01-18-2004]