Sunday, May 08, 2005

Birth order and personality

In the 19th century, you were more likely to oppose the new theory of evolution if you were a first born child (Lyell, Agassiz, Cuvier, etc.), and more likely to support the theory if you were later born (Darwin, Wallace, Lamarck, etc.). At least that is historian of science Frank Sulloway's conclusion in his book, Born To Rebel: Birth Order, Family Dynamics and Creative Lives -- the (whimsical) subject of this week's Musing.