I have had some vague health problems this week, and so blogging has not been my priority, but I have tried to write a few pithy posts.
‘Reversion to the Mean’ seems to apply to every aspect of human endeavour. (Be warned, this post is somewhat surreal)
Queen Victoria had nine children. Who knows what happened to those children and where their progeny are now? The first part of that question is answered here (SCROLL DOWN TO ‘ISSUE’):
Nine children spread over Europe by marriage and all those couples produced masses of further issue. No doubt the further issue produced masses of even more issue.
But where and what are they now? How many of their progeny are are on the streets or in hostels? The probability is that most will be comfortably off, if only to shut them up, but some will be rogues.
The Wikipedia article refers only to the immediate progeny. It says nothing about subsequent history.
I doubt that ‘researchers’ will volunteer to find out what happened to the progeny of Queen V and their progeny, and their grand progeny. They might be filthy rich by virtue of ancestral stock holdings, and sunning themselves on the shores of Spain, or they might be bin men, for all we know.
‘Reversion to the Mean’ means that the children of a Genius will almost certainly be found to be just ordinarily intelligent. It also means that children of the most stupid people will also gravitate to the median intelligence. From time to time, a Genius will appear from nowhere, as was Michael Faraday. I am not talking about his progeny since he had none. I’m talking about where he came from.
I suspect that the same applies to IDEAS. At any particular point in time, there appears an IDEA. For example, the IDEA that smoking causes the death of individuals ten years prematurely, or, as they prefer to say, ‘50% of the time’. No one has to prove, even with the most elastic definition of ‘proof’, that the claims are true.
Anyway, enough for tonight.