Re: A Further Note

Ronald Kephart (rkephart@OSPREY.UNF.EDU)
Thu, 1 Aug 1996 11:40:26 -0400

In message <19960731225643.AAA408@LOCALNAME> Robert Snower writes:

> Suppose a society of which the members were strictly monogamous, and all
> selection of mates was by lot. There would be no biological evolution
> within this society. No differential reproductive success, regardless of
> individual accomplishment, or individual success in meeting environmental
> challenges. Intra-social competition, if it occurred, would be biologically
> irrelevant.

Not true. Mutations will still occur, and these mutations can still have
effects on the gene pool even if mating remains random. Not all evolution is
due to natural selection.

Ron Kephart
University of North Florida