Re: Further Evolution beyond the Human?

Paul Myers (
Sat, 05 Oct 1996 12:36:11 -0400

In article <535om3$>, wrote:

> Brian Davison <> wrote:
> >I have an interesting theory on evolution to consider. It seems most
> >likely that the natural process of evolution is finished, and mankind is
> >the final product of that evolution. So the question remains, what
> >comes next?
> Evolutionism (the idea that <survival of the fittest> is the only moral
> law in nature) has brought us English colonialism, the opium wars,
> robber-baron capitalism, fascism, naziism, and two world wars.
> You want to know what comes next? The answer is that unless
> humankind disabuses itself of this stupid bullshit, WW-III comes next.

"Moral" law? Evolution makes NO claims about morality. That is the product
of society, philosophy, and religion, which also gave rise to the evils
you cite. Evils just as great occurred BEFORE Darwin (pogroms, the
inquisition, the crusades, the Hundred Years War, etc., ... I could make
a list of nasty stuff pre-1859 that would be much longer than your post-
1859 list), so how can you claim a scientific truth is the cause of these
very human problems?

> Ted Holden
<Evil Ted poetry deleted. Did Evolution also bring us this horrible epic,
or should we blame anti-evolutionism?>

Paul Myers Department of Biology Temple University Philadelphia, PA 19122