Natural selection or survival of the fittest

‘Survival of the fittest’ is not what happens in nature. Instead, it gives us wrong notions about what it takes to survive. As Darwin observed, “It is not the strongest of the species that survives nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.“

Darwin became my next focus of interest at the end of the Ghan trip north. The world had learnt of Cyclone Tracey’s impact well over thirty years ago and I remember well the devastation it caused. I had thought it would be interesting to experience life in Darwin for a bit longer than I had spent elsewhere to try to understand a little better the conditions that were part of it. The evolutionary model is enjoying the limelight only because it has gained a momentum that is hard to put the brakes on. Anyone who dares to think for themselves may not only put the brakes on but may indeed want to just abandon the vehicle altogether. These evolutionary writings of Charles Darwin have important applications to all Americans as we face difficult challenges in health care, education, alternative energy, and the economy at large. It’s tempting to rely on economists and policy experts who assure us they know how to solve every problem, but evolution teaches us that they don’t. This is an opinion, so don’t get your feathers ruffled. I remember when I was in the Galapagos, going to all those islands and seeing all those friendly animals, and they had this movie on Darwinism, and of course, I, like everyone else in America, was force-fed, Darwinism somewhere along the road of learning. As if it was a religion or cult something that you had to take by faith, that is to say: trusting in someone else’s bestseller. Charles Darwin was troubled by species demonstrating altruism as part of their behavior. Such selflessness did not fit in with the theory of natural selection, yet it persisted. Bill Hamilton, later, claimed such behaviors as altruism or spite didn’t matter because evolution is driven by our genes. So the only important consideration is that our genes survive into the next generation. However, the latest findings in quantum biology tell an entirely different story. Everyone believes that Charles Darwin said “Only the fittest survive.” But he didn’t. Instead he said: “It’s not the strongest of the species that will survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change.”