Re: A Further Note

Robert Snower (rs222@WORLDNET.ATT.NET)
Thu, 1 Aug 1996 19:57:15 +0000

At 03:40 PM 8/1/96 +0000, Ronald Kephart wrote:
>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

I think I am right that mutations would make no difference. They have no
place to go. They would not change the relative gene frequencies in the
gene pool as long as the mating was absolutely random beeause of the
Hardy-Weinberg law. Ask a population geneticist--if you can find one. And
let me know.

Best wishes. R. Snower