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2. Bill Hatches an Egg - Bedard, MichaelUsually dispatched within 2-3 working daysHardback - Published July 2003publisher Longman 8.50add item to basketGoodmans LCD TV - under 300 for a stylish 15 LCD TVUsually ships within 24 hours - Same Day delivery in ManhattanMichael BedardPhoto by Merrilee BrandNSLog(); - Survival of the FittestHarper's Magazine23 in. x 29 in.Buy this Vintage Art Printarchives=(showAll ? prev : next);Built on November 17, 2004 at 01:39 PM in 0.07 seconds.TrackBacks (4) nslog /mt/mt-tb.cgi/737Post: Survival of the 'Fittest'?Blog: Luke's BlogExcerpt: A very interesting read here, well worth taking a few minutes to read about and think. Suddenly it all makes sense! And I have to agree with Erik's final statement: Intelligence isn't sexually (genetically) rewarded in our society. Oh, so Date: May 7, 2003 08:48 PMPost: Darwin has left the buildingBlog: The Long LetterExcerpt: At this point, I amend, but stand by, my original premise that through medical science and societal standards, we as a race have removed ourselves from the premise of Natural Selection. It is no longer the most fit - those with the best combinati Date: May 8, 2003 04:32 AMPost: Survival of the 'Fittest'?Blog: /dev/nullExcerpt: A very interesting read here, well worth taking a few minutes to read about and think. Suddenly it all makes sense! And I have to agree with Erik's final statement: Intelligence isn't sexually (genetically) rewarded in our society. Oh, so Date: May 22, 2003 07:47 AMPost: Darwin has left the buildingBlog: The Long LetterExcerpt: At this point, I amend, but stand by, my original premise that through medical science and societal standards, we as a race have removed ourselves from the premise of Natural Selection. It is no longer the most fit - those with the best combinati Date: June 7, 2003 03:46 AM/* Survival of the Fittest */[2003-05-07 18:23:14]; [Personal]; [Comments: 12];My previous two entries have touched off a little discussion. However, the piece I found most interesting was this one from Michael Hanscom:Intelligent people - those with more than two brain cells to rub together - look around at the world and realize that it has a tendency to be a pretty iffy bargain, and either resolve not to have children, or to limit themselves to one or two children. Less intelligent. people, though, seem to be popping babies out like there's no tomorrow.There are numbers to back up the fact that uneducated and less intelligent people tend to have more children. I'm from a household with two kids. We're an upper- or middle-middle class family. Nearly all of my friends are from two-child households. Nearly all of my friends are from upper- or middle-middle class families. The poorer families I know had about four children (if I were forced to guess) on average. Again, there are numbers to back that up.I'm not going to get into a discussion that poor = stupid and that wealthy = intelligent as the article I'm quoting does. And while there have been studies to show that intelligence is tied to genetics, it is in no way quantifiable (you can't determine the IQ of a child by averaging his parent's IQs). The part I will discuss, however, is this statement:Thanks to the miracles of modern medicine, Darwin?s theory of natural selection, in many ways, no longer applies to the human race at large.Combined with his earlier statements about less intelligent individuals having more kids, Michael reaches this conclusion:.the average IQ of the world drops incrementally with each new child, as the few children born by people determined to have no more children than they can support are far outnumbered by the teeming masses content to . have more children that they can?t take care of. And so, we breed ourselves into extinction.Unfortunately, more intelligent does not necessarily mean more fit for survival. Darwin makes no such statement regarding mental capacity. A stupid giraffe with a properly sized neck seems equally or better prepared to survive than a really brilliant giraffe with a short neck (neck length allows giraffes to reach leaves at the tops of trees, thus preventing them from starving to death).If survival is defined as reaching a breeding age and passing on your genetic material then certainly these less thoughtful people as Michael redfined them are fitter by definition! They are more successful at passing on their genetic material (by having more children). They're successes in Darwin's eyes, and thus, the fitter membes of the species.Nature, or in this case our society, does not reward intelligence with breeding rights. First cum, first served is the way it goes, and conformity and normalness get you bonus points. What is rewarded, in the Darwinian sense of the word? Sex. Pure and simple. Our society rewards conformity. Intelligent people (nerds, geeks, dorks) stand out. If you go by IQ tests (I don't personally place much weight in them), I'm in the top 10% as far as intelligence goes. Did I date 20 girls in high school? Did I get laid? Nope. Geeks aren't rewarded with sex. The 80% in the middle? They're humping like crazy. Are the 40% on the bottom half of the big middle humping more than the top half, slowly dragging the average IQ down as Michael stipulates?Studies say yes.Society sure as heck doesn't sexually (and thus genetically) reward intelligence. Survival of the fittest? It still applies. If you disagree with that, then you need to change your definition of fittest. Fitness is determined by survival (the passing on of genetic material), not the other way around. You can try to predict fitness, but you can only truly determine which group in a species was fittest after the results are tabulated. Giraffes with really long long necks may seem more likely to survive, but giraffes in the end a too long neck might actually be a liability. Intelligent people may seem more likely to survive, but they may also be less likely to have sex (and children).Anyway, time for a disclaimer: the above was a thought experiment. I'm fully aware that some very, very big generalizations have been made. I'm still thinking this through myself, but I will say this, and stand by it: intelligence isn't sexually (genetically) rewarded in our society. Darwin never said it would be. Those who are more fit to survive still do by definition. Easy as that.Comments (12)I know a family with dual doctors as parents with 10+ kids. I lost count how many, and frankly, they sicken me. it may be a religious thing in most cases. I see a lot of 'Just the Ten of Us' around here. Big in Catholic families, because the Pope doesn't believe in birth control, and neither should any good Catholics. Yeah, tell that to the ones with irreversible vasectomies.(apologies for the late-80s reference)Posted by: eli sarver on May 7, 2003 08:30 PMEver read C. M. Kornbluth's story The Marching Morons ?Red Planet 100 Offers ConsideredRare Hello Houston Signed & Remarqued LithographFine Art:PrintmakingThis rare poster, Hello Houston , (image size 18 x 22 inches) is from Bedard's personal studio collection. The original painting was sold long ago. The transparencies and color separations were lost as well. These last posters are the end of the line. One of Bedard's earliest published works, this offset litho poster was published around 1979. Each poster will be signed and remarqued (small, original, handdrawn sketch) by Bedard. You will find this offer nowhere else!Allison Janneymore 27Post Gallery1904 E. Seventh Pl., 90021622-8580, post-la 19953,000Wednesday-Saturday,noon-6 p.m.Introducing young artistsThe group show super/sex with work from ten artists, curated by Michael Gold(ends Mar. 9).Habib KheradyarMonday 22 November, 2004 5612072 requests since Monday 24 March, 2003Sitting DucksFormat: VHSCOMMENTARY:Judge (the)SMELLY FLOWERA.D. 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