Mary K. Kuhner (mkkuhner at phylo.genetics.washington.edu) wrote:
>You're also assuming that other causes of death aren't effective
>selection, which puzzles me. For example, death prior to reproduction
>due to drunk driving is very common locally. If this pattern persists
>long enough I would expect to see any genetic traits that can contribute
>to avoiding death by drunk driving to become common--either higher
>alcohol tolerance, lower tendency to drink in the first place, or
>whatever else evolution can find to work with. (Allergy to alchohol
>might well be an advantage, for example. Or passing out cold rather
>than remaining conscious enough to *think* you can drive.)
This assumes alcohol consumption is a genetic trait of sorts.
I don't really subscribe to this, especially to the extent you say.
I don't think we've stopped evolution... on the contrary, I think we
are the ultimate evolutionary tools---we can self-evolve (hopefully
(?) in the near distant future).
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