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Happy Darwin Day

Darwin Day Celebration - it is today!
Oh and Happy Birthday to The Spare.

“It is interesting to contemplate a tangled bank, clothed with many plants of many kinds, with birds singing on the bushes, with various insects flitting about, and with worms crawling through the damp earth, and to reflect that these elaborately constructed forms, so different from each other, and dependent upon each other in so complex a manner, have all been produced by laws acting around us. These laws, taken in the largest sense, being Growth with Reproduction; Inheritance which is almost implied by reproduction; Variability from the indirect and direct action of the conditions of life and from use and disuse: a Ratio of Increase so high as to lead to a Struggle for Life, and as a consequence to Natural Selection, entailing Divergence of Character and the Extinction of less-improved forms. Thus, from the war of nature, from famine and death, the most exalted object which we are capable of conceiving, namely, the production of the higher animals, directly follows. There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed by the Creator into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being evolved” (Origin of Species)


The welfare state puts an end to human evolution. Indeed, it sets it into reverse.

If, by 'The Spare', you mean Prince Andrew, you're a week early.

Ah, 'anon', putting aside that fact that you are so dim that you think that evolution is a process of 'advance' that can be 'reversed', what are you actually proposing?

That we build an economic system that allows people to die? That we build an economic system that prevents many people from breeding?

Why not just kill them, or sterilise them, rather than go round the houses and divest the responsibility on to the impersonal, though chosen, economic system?

And who is an advanced human being? The rich? Why? Simply because they are rich? The rich are as prone to possessing nagative human qualities as much as the poor, or is the only quality you regard as worthwhile the ability to accumulate wealth? Have you never met decent, intelligent poor people, and by that measure selfish, ignorant rich people? If you say no, we will all know that you are blinded by ideology.

What is human advance? If it is anything, surely it is the improvement of the conditions of human existence. But you would preserve a system that generates misery, not only as a regrettable collateral cost, but for the very reason that it does reduce sections of humanity to misery. And, for your idea of human advance to work, this misery for a section of the population will always be with us. Unless some humans are too poor to live or breed, there will be no human advance, or so your argument goes.

When arguing against eugenics in the late 1930s, JBS Haldane pointed out that, if the rich having more babaies produced a 'better' population, then polygamous societies should be the most advanced. That this is not the case is damning historical evidence against the very idea of eugenics.

Given that 'anon' doesn't understand evolution, can we ensure that, if his eugenic plan comes into effect, his parade of ignorance will be a guarantee that he will be one of the first to be neutered, at the very least?

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