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Stuart Smith stuart
Tue Apr 25 07:20:21 EST 1995


I got no comments on my last article so here goes again:

Unless I'm mistaken, evolution is based on the one basic principle that that
individual who
has a higher probability of creating more ospring will propagate (basically).
Characteristics 
develop in a strain of species if they make these probabilities more
favourable.

So what about us humans then?

What characteristics make us MORE likely to have MORE children? NONE! 

take a few examples:

intelligence:	no bearing. Intelligent people are just as likely to have as many
kids as
		less intelligent people. If there is a relation with wealth, then one could
		even argue that less intelligent (poor?) people have MORE kids because
		of their situation, history, etc.
stength:		obviously no bearing. What about if we take it to mean, more
generally
		"well-being". Well, a couple of hundred years ago, maybe. The weak 
		minded, physically deformed or disabled were unlikely to have, or be 
		allowed to have children. But now our society protects them from the 
		"laws of nature". I would argue that they are as likely to have as many
		children as anyone else.

Since our society protects those strains which may otherwise have died out, and
supresses
those strains which may prosper, evolution is surely dead.

No STAR TREK like future, no world harmony, no increasing of our mind power,
6th sense, etc. 

It seems that the socio-economic environment that evolution saw fit to drive us
to has had the side-effect of killing itself off.

I am no neo-nazi. I believe it is right that we should all have a equal chance,
etc. Neither do
I champion some forced selction, ala Hitler. After all, who picks the traits?

It is however something I I think we should be aware of. Jo Public seems to
have this
view of human evolution based on technology rather than biology. This is wrong.
It is man 
that starts wars, starves his fellow man, etc. Not technology. It is this man
who can NEVER
change.

Stu




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