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To: Dumb_Ox
But are these reasonable grounds from the perspective of evolutionary theory? There was a recent pop-science article going around claiming natural selection and evolutionary change was very much still in effect among modern humans.

There may be some, but the selective pressure is so mild that it's not going to cause any significant changes. For instance, women delaying childbirth may result in later sexual maturity. That people with faster reaction times are less likely to die in car accidents may result in faster reaction times. But beyond that, I really don't see any major selective pressures.

44 posted on 12/10/2005 10:38:48 AM PST by curiosity
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To: curiosity
For instance, women delaying childbirth may result in later sexual maturity. That people with faster reaction times are less likely to die in car accidents may result in faster reaction times. But beyond that, I really don't see any major selective pressures.

What about phenomena like Margaret Sanger's attempts to reduce the births of children of "inferior races," or Hitler's attempt to bring about a "master race"? Is this "selective pressure"?

47 posted on 12/12/2005 7:10:33 AM PST by Aquinasfan (Isaiah 22:22, Rev 3:7, Mat 16:19)
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