Jurassic world and the survival of the fittest

Well the other day, I finally faced the long awaited moment – the release of that single trailer, the sole driving force of my existence: The Jurassic World trailer. With the glimpse of a sole dinosaur, I was transported back to the realms of my own Jurassic cosmos walking amongst the magnificent beasts !

Suddenly with the clap of thunder the sky darkened, shadows of terror cast upon the landscape and the puddled waters vibrated… Reality slapped back but the terror still lingered. Trying to shake off the chills running down my spine, my thoughts were drawn towards the horrors of real life – if you just think about it, man on his own is a very vulnerable creature – fragile enough for a tiger to snap his neck, soft enough to be squashed by an elephant, crumbly enough to be chewed by a crocodile. Heck, even a mere docile cow is capable of killing us! *shivers* But humans still survive, our lack of physical prowess over come by the sheer power of our brains. We’ve developed artificial defences- our journey evolving from spears to knives, swords, guns, tanks, battleships and eventually fighter-planes. “Natural selection” pipe up the Darwinians, “its the survival of the fittest at play here” continue the modern day Herbert Spencers.

Indeed they are probably right, we -humans- are shrewd calculating species capable of manipulating the world around us according to our whims. And when we don’t get things our way, we turn into devilish monsters playing god. One man gets killed by a tiger, we turn them into a game, poaching every single one of them till we wipe their species off the face of this planet. A person gets bitten by a shark, we make it our mission to haphazardly murder ever single fish with teeth. Hell, we don’t even spare our fellow specieans ( I know that’s not a word but – you get what I’m feeling). To get money, power control – to be able play god we indiscriminately butcher other human beings – that scares me even more. We are probably really the most dangerous group on the planet – a danger even to our own existence.

Tell me though, do the survival of the fittest really hold true in this case? Think about it , any one armed with  lethal weapon in that particular situation can be deemed fit but does that really fit the bigger picture? Think about it if someone of bright intellect but below average physical competencies is cornered at gun point by a big beefy guy with slightly below average IQ. Unless the cornered person is exceptionally brilliant, there is little chance he will escape, most likely he will be killed trying to escape. Now imagine this on a global scale  and all the brainiacs were to be wiped off the face off the earth – the progress of humanity will be stalled. The abyss would deepen with the genetic selection of physical prowess at the cost of lower intellect. On top of this, if we were to continue our world damaging lifestyles at the current rate, eventually we will be extinct.

However on the other hand if it was only the prodigies which were to survive, there would be some chance of us surviving. Humans would develop technology further and our brains would evolve towards increased reasoning. But come some mutant all powerful virus and we’ll be exterminated due to our weakened physical attributes.  Come to think of it in order for the survival of the fittest theory to apply, we need all sorts of mixed genetic disposition to progress further ! But will all that evolution lead  eventually us to world with a genetically superior species capable of making the humans vanish from the earth???? Or will it just lead us back to the dinosaurs once again??



  1. Keiko Mulligan · December 3, 2014

    Aha! Or perhaps the genetically superior species will create friendly dinosaurs as transportation and then someone will get bored and begin creating double agent dinosaurs who will pretend to be friendly but also serve to cause ruckus for the entertainment of the bored. Fun rambles.


  2. MillarDKits · December 3, 2014

    Glad to see you’re back and on a favorite topic of mine to boot! You’d be interested to see what writer in my local paper has been posting on the subject lately. He’s done a few pieces lately on the influence of evolution on ideology. http://blogs.vancouversun.com/2014/11/29/abusing-darwin-and-biology/
    Interesting in that piece is his discussion of the “science of ethics”, never heard the term before, but I had countered the idea in my dichotomy of freedom post you’d already seen. Also would love to talk more about evolution but cautious about it since I’m not an expert (the article linked above stresses the risks about mixing evolution and biology), but the caribou poop piece I wrote about a month ago includes my general view of the topic. http://4dframework.ca/2014/11/03/caribou-poop-messes-things-up-nablopomo-day-3/
    Again, welcome back (and hope your presentation went well)!


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