Nie: Ethical selection is the second one after natural selection
in the history of civilization.
"Stopping natural selection
is not as important, or as depressing, as it might sound - because our evolutionary process is now cultural.
Genes, the unit of heredity that allows natural selection
to operate, weren't even defined until 1909 when Danish botanist Wilhelm Johannsen devised the term--decades after Darwin's death in 1882--and until that point it was difficult, perhaps impossible, to operationalize Darwin's theory.
An important recent advance in assessment of natural selection
has been the finding that the knowledge and misconceptions that students show vary greatly depending upon the specific contexts in which they are assessed (Nehm & Ha, 2011).
The writer David McKenna and the actors Mickey Rourke and Eva Amurri, whois Susan Sarandon's daughter, have all been connected to some extent with film projects financed by Natural Selection
since Saadi el-Qadhafi signed on.
As for the main thrust of his argument for natural selection
, using skin color as one example, he notes the common view of why some humans have more melanin than others: darker skin protects against intense sun.
Contrary to their claim that common descent is the bugbear of those who dispute evolution, the historical controversy, especially in religion, focused on the idea of natural selection
, which undermined natural theology by depicting the origination of species as a ruthless, random process, apparently inconsistent with the character of a loving Creator, rather than on the concept of common descent, which can posit God as the designer of benign evolutionary law.
The modern theory was a synthesis of such disciplines as genetics, zoology, botany, and paleontology, he says, that acknowledged natural selection
as a necessary, and perhaps the most crucial, but probably not sufficient cause of evolutionary adaptation.
All we are doing now is accelerating the process of natural selection
This year is the 200th anniversary of Darwin's birth and to celebrate, organisers of the Newcastle ScienceFest 09 have commissioned Natural Selection
, a premium India Pale Ale, its ingredients carefully selected to illustrate the great scientist's legacy.
At a lecture in London, Prof Jones said evolution was made up of natural selection
, mutation and random change.
In the past, we relied on natural selection
- the elimination of the weak - to keep us strong but nowadays this does not happen in the developed world, he argues.