Subject: RE: New TECHWR-L Poll - ADD
From: mlist -at- safenet-inc -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 21 Jun 2005 14:31:24 -0400

Bruce Byfield

> In another email, Kathleen also wrote:
> > I wonder if humans are devolving or this is a stable number across
> time.
> 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.

We started messing with our own evolution when we started using medicine
to mask (or to save us from the fatal effects of) many diseases and
conditions that would previously have killed the sufferers before they
managed to reproduce.

For example, I would not have survived in a hunter-gatherer society
because I was too near-sighted, too early, to have learned to hunt
or to stand watch or do much of anything useful (to myself or my tribe).

Juvenile diabetics would not have lived to reproduce. Nor would
the inheritors of ever-so-many other conditions that we routinely
cure or manage with technology -- either medical tech, or enabling

Some of us even make a living writing about how to make or use
those technologies... or how to get them past the FDA.


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