Subject: RE: New TECHWR-L Poll - ADD
From: "Kathleen" <keamac -at- cox -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 20 Jun 2005 20:18:35 -0700

I made several errors, judgment and use of evolution/devolution. Sincere
apologies for being insensitive.

Can't really apologize for stupidity, because I know the general ideas
about evolution. No, I certainly don't think humans are at our pinnacle.


-----Original Message-----
From: Bruce Byfield

In another email, Kathleen also wrote:

> I wonder if humans are devolving or this is a stable number across

This comment could be considered deeply insulting to people with ADHD
and the other conditions mentioned, although I'm sure you didn't mean it
that way.

Evolution has nothing to do with progress or a lack of progress, but
with adaptation to an environment. An increase in ADHD or other
conditions would not imply any sort of degeneration; rather, it might
imply the difficulty of adapting to a particular environment.

To speculate freely, when you consider the pace of movies and TV ads,
with their sharp transitions between scenes, ADHD might even be a
successful adaptation for information processing, with the rest of us
being poorly adapted.

But, whatever the case, it doesn't mean that people with these
conditions represent a decline from the pinnacle of human evolution --
chiefly because no such thing exists.


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