Re: evolution everywhere?

Stephen Barnard (
Tue, 10 Sep 1996 20:12:24 -0800

Shannon Adams wrote:
> Again, this could be incredibly naive, but where does the choice/reaction of
> the individual (not the individual as a representation of a group pattern)
> fit into evolution (especially social evolution)? I thought that in
> evolution we were all being molded, for lack of a better word, into a being
> that is most fit to exist in whatever environment we exist? Is that wrong?

Yes, that's wrong. That's the straw-man Panglossian point of view.
Optimality is not the point. The point is differential reproduction.

Steve Barnard