why do we die?

Susan Jane Hogarth sjhogart at unity.ncsu.edu
Wed Nov 1 17:04:07 EST 1995


Chris Barry <chbarry at mackiller.llnl.gov> wrote:
>It is evolutionarily advantageous for us to die. If any one organism were to be
>immortal AND able to reproduce,

..such as, for example, the bacteria? 

> Its population woud explode and eventually
>outstrip the earth of the resources necessary to support it.

Really??? Looks like maybe we'll be finding out soon enough, as the same
problem will be encountered by a high successful reproduction rate...

> The same hold true
>for man... We have evolved and selected the genes necessary to sustain us as a
>species (like any other species).

We haven't selected a damn thing - the environment has exerted selective
pressure on the species. At least that's the way I understand Darwin and
Wallace...

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Susan Jane Hogarth
Charter member, PETA (People for Eating Tasty Animals)




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