why do we die?

Susan Jane Hogarth sjhogart at unity.ncsu.edu
Thu Nov 2 12:18:22 EST 1995

Chris Barry <chbarry at mackiller.llnl.gov> wrote:
>>> The same hold true
>>>for man... We have evolved and selected the genes necessary to sustain us as 

>>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
>Isn't that what I said? We as a species.
You said "we have evolved and selected" which is not true - we have _been_
acted on selectively by the environment; i.e. we _have been_ selected. Big
difference. To get back to the topic, what we need to understand is how extreme
longevity is (apparently) selected against. I think someone addressed that
ealier, though; talking about reproductive tradeoffs.... I'm just concerned
that not being careful about language can lead us into careless and unclear

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

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