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Me again on Evolution

Darin Trelka trelkad at jeflin.tju.edu
Sun Aug 27 15:19:25 EST 1995

I hate to disagree, but natural selection and humanity don't go together 
anymore.  With the onset of modern medicine, we had effectively removed 
ourselves from the process, much to our species detriment.  
Interestlingly though, as I'm sure you're aware, it is at that point that 
we began harnessing fire, changing our environment to suit ourselves, 
that we were free of the bondage of natural selection, thereby allowing 
our species to exponentially grow in relative safety (because we then 
abrogated many parasitic infections by cooking meat), and new found 
comfort (as any caveman will tell you, a cave is alot more cozy when its 
25 degrees C as opposed to 4--in addition to keeping us warm enough to 
fight off any chill that could result in a mortal viral infection).  At 
this point, however, it is difficult for any of us, as rational and 
feeling human beings, to allow such natural processes such as disease and 
death to bolster our species, thereby allowing the forces of selection to 
choose whose genes are deposited into the next gene pool.  I mean, who 
would allow their son or daughter to die of polio when we have such an 
effective vaccine to prevent it?  Just a perspective...

D P. Trelka

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