14 years ago
Anonymous

Pragmatic Evolution?

What do you think about the possibility of using evolution for practical purposes as far as the human race goes? Do you think that humans can use natural selection to improve humanity and should we? Why or why not?
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14 years ago
Anonymous
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Since it would involve restricting reproductive rights (if you're saying natural selection), and there would have to be someone controlling the process, I say no. It's possible that we could, but I don't think we should. Now, genetic manipulation I'm not so set against. That's quite a ways off, though.
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14 years ago
coralsnayk
Humans use evolutionary science every day to improve the human condition. It's called MEDICINE. I should note also that once Natural Selection is "used" by humans, it becomes artificial selection. It is still evolution, however.
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14 years ago
?
Not evolution. Not directed evolution (look up eugenics). It may become possible to repair genetic defects by some sort of biochemical process in the future.
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14 years ago
Anonymous
I think natural selection happens all on its own. Personally I think that we are about to start integrating our technology with our bodies. That is going to dramatically change the mechanism of our evolution.
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14 years ago
Blackacre
We have tried it in the USA (during the 20's and early 30's, through forced sterilization of certain women). It didn't go over very well.
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14 years ago
Anonymous
Given how slow evolution is and that within a few decades we will be able to modify the genome directly I can't see the point.
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14 years ago
Anonymous
What you are talking about is called Eugenics and it's been tried. Genetic manipulation is the way to go.
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14 years ago
Dr. R PhD in Revolution
what toogethr meant was that it wouldn't be natural selection because that means there is no outside interference and is just beings reproducing with any they can. artificial selection is someone choosing who reproduces with who. no we shouldn't do that. reproduce with who you want not with who someone tells you to.
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14 years ago
Anonymous
Who gets to decide what is or is not a profitable trait? That is very dangerous ground to step on and I don;t believe that God will allow us to go there!
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14 years ago
Anonymous
You can't "use" natural selection - otherwise it wouldn't be 'natural' selection it would be 'artifical selection'.
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