free will and fitness

Wed, 1 Jun 1994 09:09:35 -0500

In reply to a message by
Free will can affect mean fitness. For example, if because of free will,
people in a population commit suicide (an extreme example admittedly),
this will affect the mean population fitness, simply because there
is a chance that at some of those people otherwise would have been
considered fit. A better example would be where numerous people over
the last few years have persisted in having unprotected sex knowing
the AIDs epidemic was a threat. This was certainly free will, but
undoubted has had and will continue to have drastic consequences for
the population as a whole, severely reducing its fitness.