The Irony of Natural Selection

“Natural selection is the gradual process by which heritable biological traits become either more or less common in a population as a function of the effect of inherited traits on the differential reproductive success of organisms interacting with their environment.”

Reproductive success being the element that survives through natural selection, one wonders, when looking at those intellectuals who devote all of their time and their lives to the enhancement of human knowledge, those geniuses who are obsessed with their work, the ones that have made great discoveries in most cases at the cost attracting mates and having children, are making their genes less likely to propagate.

Isn’t it ironic that Natural Selection would choose those that think with their small heads, and are the seekers of the most primitive of animal instincts, the pleasure of sex. The ones that have little time to think about the big questions, those that worry the least about overpopulation, and contraceptives, those that spend most of their time chasing women or finding a mate and making their life’s purpose to look after their many children, with no time to do anything else.

If the purpose and success of a human being is evaluated by how many children they have, would that mean the biological traits of those that are predisposed to have self-control and discipline, and who put those animal instincts aside for the greater value of philosophy and science, are doomed?

What kind of future does nature have for Humans?

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