Saturday, September 02, 2006
I (sort of) MISS NATURAL SELECTION
Now that everybody has me pegged as a vigilante nutjob I need to clarify where my frail mind was wandering. I was expressing my view that the law preserves a lot of people who are little more than a waste of amino acids. I mean would you rather have an Adolf Hitler or a couple of Cocker Spaniels? Mother Earth somehow forgot to weed out psychotic bullys through Natural Selection!
NS developed over 3.5 Billion years for a reason. We humans seem to have usurped it's authority in the last 200 years mainly through advances in medicine. Which is good.... but are we inadvertently crowding the shallow end of the gene pool.
Before you get your shorts in a knot thinking that if I ran the world that I would institute some sort of Neo-Nazi like Eugenics program http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugenics
hear me out. We already have volunteers winning Darwin Awards and excusing themselves from the reproductive process. So relax.
I certainly have benefitted from this exemption. If I had lived in the 'Caveman era' I would have had to rely on my youthful speed (yes I was a sprinter) and sense of humor (How you doin?) to have stayed in the game and passed on my genes. I could have outrun most of the other huge dumb lugs trying to club me and maybe spread a few seeds around by gettin' the gals to giggle around the stream while they were washing deerskins. That scene was beautifully recreated in the movie Quest For Fire.
Anyway once my wheels were worn out I would have been easy pickins for all of those bullys (angry harem owners). Then again if you lived to be 40 you were ancient. Life was brutal and short and yet somehow the population of homo sapiens crawled along at a steady rate. We humans hit the 1 Billion mark around 1800 and now we are riding a population avalanche that will probably kill most of us off. Think of the four horsemen of the Apocalypse; War, Famine, Pestilence and Death, basically all of the worst parts of the Bible, riding in to finish us off.
Like our soon departing Chimpanzee (Bushmeat) cousins (apparently you could fit all living wild apes inside of a football stadium) we are territorial little rascals who routinely start wars with neighbouring tribes. Jane Goodall discovered that male Chimps get together every once in a while to go looking for outsider Chimps to kill . Crude but effective population management.
I always imagined that by the 21st Century that we would have been a little more cerebral and that wars would be far and few between. Obviously that is not going to happen...
So maybe natural selection is actually still operating. Instead of the brightest ascending to the leadership roles of our species the most aggressive (genes) are still winning out. So maybe one day some of us can sneak off to a new Atlantis type scenario and just hang out until all of the other guys kill each other off.
Where should we go? Somewhere not too hot and not too cold...don't forget that global warming will raise sea levels above most of the best vacation spots.