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Defending Darling Darwin

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Posted by Michael W. Pearson on December 2, 2001 03:39:45 UTC

Darwin does not endorse cheating against
"less fit" at all. He was observing apparent
trends, and in science, we argue against it when we don't agree.
>less controversial

Or more controversial,
as it touches on economics, ethnicity, civil rights, environmental sustainability and so on.
Fitness as defined in Darwin's work has limited application to humans. I have written
many (well-reasoned) newsgroup posts over the years about this subject.
Humans are not in natural selection, and our
artificial selection is not by sufficiently coherent ethical standards to make value judgements except on the most obvious points.

PS I never liked the "Darwin Awards"
as for most of humanity, the bell may yet
toll for our collective errors.

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