Thursday, September 23, 2010

How I feel about Darwinism

The language carried forth in Charles Darwin’s Origin of the Species illustrates the power in his words and the exact role of natural selection. For natural selection to be fool proof, especially in regards to human evolution, it does not explain many of the genetic defects we have today as a society. For example there are many illnesses that have plagued human beings for generations and it should have basically killed off those who were deemed weak or ill. In relation to his phrase “small consequences of one general law, leading to the advancement of all organic beings, namely, multiply, vary, let the strongest live and the weakest dies” I think this “law” has not always followed, thus making it not entirely true. When discussing the evolution of species and how they adapt to the environment, I whole heartedly believe that certain genetic traits that help with survival and adaptability are passed down through generation and could potentially make those species stronger.

In today's class

In Darwin's view of "natural selection" is survival of the fittest. As we 'struggle for existence', nature will select on one general law of letting the strongest survive and the weakest die. Darwin goes on in describing how people or species 'struggle' for existence in a contradicting explanation. Struggle, in Darwin's term, is in metaphorical sense yet realistic. As species struggle to survive in the world with limited resources, each species depends on each other to survive as well. In Darwin's view, natural selection is inevitable reality that explains the nature of the world. And regardless of how species struggles to fight through life, natural selection is still doing it's part in the world and nothing can come in it's way of selection. Darwin repeats itself on natural selection and struggle for existence in a way that tries to convince people of his own believes and understanding. In my point of view, the repetition of the whole topic may confuse people and led people into believing his words and the over stating fact.

Darwin's stance on the status of women

It seems absurd to me that Darwin doesn't acknowledge the power that females hold in reproductive scenarios.
Darwin observes that human males are stronger, and often more skilled (among other compliments) and that human females are merely good nurturers. How does the man not see that the only reason males have developed (or even simply displayed) those "superior" characteristics is to impress the females and compete with other males! Within this situation and from an evolutionary standpoint, the fem
ales are just as fit and powerful as the males. With the ability to choose a mate based on the "show" that the males put on, the females are equal, if not superior, to males.
Darwin says himself,
"In the struggle for survival, the fittest win out at the expense of their rivals because they succeed in adapting themselves best to their environment." In the case of a woman there is no reason to adapt the same qualities as a male because the environment does not demand it of her. Her adaptations will be based on her own reproductive goals and should not be compared so directly to the male's.