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Evolution Helps Creationists - Riffs and Licks
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Evolution Helps Creationists
Evolutionary historian Edward Larson says that natural selection favors evangelicals and other religious extremists, who tend to have large families, over the rest of us, who don't:
But among white, middle-class Americans, religious people are having children at a much higher rate. More and more and more children percentage-wise than non-religious people. There's a survival value in religious beliefs. They have a sense of purpose. They feel their mission in life is to multiply and be fruitful. The whole Darwinian concept -- evolution -- is on the side of evangelical Christians. They're growing by any measure.
Apparently, unlike the god that most evangelicals espouse, evolution helps you even if you don't believe in it.

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shunn From: shunn Date: November 17th, 2004 02:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
That has been a vague, unarticulated fear of mine. How depressing. The gene is selfish indeed. And small-minded.
bobhowe From: bobhowe Date: November 20th, 2004 05:56 am (UTC) (Link)

Cheer Up

From: (Anonymous) Date: November 17th, 2004 05:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
And here all these years we've been thinking that Homo Sapiens had driven Neanderthals into extinction; do they get the last laugh?

EF
rednoodlealien From: rednoodlealien Date: November 17th, 2004 05:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
I sure hope this is all tongue-in-cheek.
bobhowe From: bobhowe Date: November 17th, 2004 07:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Edward Larson says that natural selection favors evangelicals and other religious extremists, who tend to have large families, over the rest of us, who don't...

Yeah, that's not a new idea, is it? "The <pick your despised, non-white race> are outbreeding us..."

Of course Larson is taking the short view: nature bats last. People who think they have special dispensation from the laws of nature are just as likely as empiricists to die from environmental disaster or epidemics, and much more likely to cause them. The zealots might outbreed the thinkers until they can vote the Environmental Protection Agency, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Centers for Disease Control into penury, but their uninformed beliefs won't save them when a flu pandemic rages around the globe and rising sea levels make the Rocky Mountains an island chain.
bobhowe From: bobhowe Date: November 17th, 2004 07:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
P.S.—This is the same argument I made in The New Dark Ages a while back.
steelbrassnwood From: steelbrassnwood Date: November 17th, 2004 08:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
And neither will those phenomena make any distinction between those who supported the zealots, and those who didn't.
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