Re: FWD: free will and fitness

Stephanie Wilson (swilson@BIGCAT.MISSOURI.EDU)
Wed, 1 Jun 1994 15:10:05 -0500

Wasn't there some work done in last couple of years that linked fitness
with suicide...something along the lines of a suicide victim actually
increasing the fitness of his blood relations by decreasing pressure on
limited resources? I think this was then linked to some of the thinking
suicide victims or attempted victims go through, like "they'll be better
off without me."

Stephanie Wilson

On Wed, 1 Jun 1994, John Steele - ISIS/Desktop QA Manager wrote:

> "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.
> How do you get that the fitness of the population is being severely
> reduced? Isn't just as likely that the deaths of people who exercise
> their free will in this way actually increases the fitness of the population
> as a whole by removing individuals with tendencies, not only towards
> self-destruction, but also towards spreading incurable diseases?