The Great Scattering

If I came across the name Mary Eberstadt in the past, I didn’t pay attention. It is, however, a great treat to discover her now in a video that appears in an article on the Bacon’s Rebellion web site.

In the video Ms. Eberstadt explores the observation that the circumstances of contemporary life are generally incompatible with our evolved, or natural, social psychology.

Imagine if all of human society evolved around a singular biological drive, and then suddenly there was no need for the adaptive social structures and latent personal capabilities we inherited. Our psychology would be as nature made it, but there would be no way — at least temporarily — to nurture or appease our needs.

Ms. Eberstadt sees something like this as the main consequence of the so-called sexual revolution that birth control enabled.

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