Billionaires have more sons
January 17, 2009 1:21 PM Subscribe
posted by grobstein (69 comments total)
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Billionaires have more grandchildren through their sons than through their daughters, because the status advantage is more reproductively valuable to the sons. Therefore, it would be adaptive for the mothers of their children to bear more sons than daughters. But surely that can't be; mothers can't control the sex of their children. Oh but so it is
: billionaires have 60% male children.
This exciting research finding partly validates the work
of LSE's seeming crackpot, Satoshi Kanazawa (also previously
). It's getting harder to deny that simple evolutionary hypotheses have a lot of power to describe human life. The worldview of this pithy essay
) is looking more and more convincing.