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"On the family" (C.I., Sept. 2009, pp. 16-17).

ALEXANDER WOLFE-MURRAY

I can't imagine that Ryan Topping with a PhD in Theology is such an egalitarian that he neither believes that I with a "whew just made it" BA or that somebody else with a PhD of lesser value is equal to his intellect so I was disappointed that he forgot to mention IQ in his otherwise excellent article, "On the Family." While no one can deny that the introduction of condoms was and is a contributing factor to the collapsing populations of the West, the worst effects of birth control is the general lowering level of intelligence. When the first condoms were introduced over a century ago the upper classes (remember them?) were the first to use them. The tragic results that the critics warned us of back then are hitting us today with a vengeance.

Until the 1800s we had a natural fertility and people had lots of children, except men who could not earn enough to raise a family, which kept a small positive relationship between fertility and intelligence. But then came condoms, diaphragms and instruction books on condoms and the birth rate of the middle and upper classes went into decline until by the middle of the 19th C. it became evident that educated people were having fewer children than the uneducated. Various studies (Richard Lynn, Van Court, Frank Bean) indicate that after 125 years of contraception, the Western IQ has dropped by 4.5 percentile points which means for society that, because of the IQ spread, there is half the number of those with IQs over 130 and double those with IQs under 70-.

So next time you hear your old grandfather complaining that they don't make things like they used to ,just remember that it is true.

Burnaby, B.C.

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