Here’s one to enjoy if you are running back and forth between bands of kids banging on your door, pretending to be pirates or something, demanding treats—assuming that’s still allowed where you live.
“Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution” (1), and nothing about the human response to COVID-19 will either. The evolutionary arms race between humans and viruses has existed for millennia. Our bodies, packed with nutrients and the machinery of cellular reproduction, are irresistible targets for exploitation by smaller and faster-evolving organisms (2). Whereas viruses benefit from rapid replication rate and mutation potential, allowing them to quickly adapt to exploit their hosts, humans are not left defenseless. Natural selection has endowed us with a complex physiological immune system (3) that targets viruses at a cellular level and a behavioral immune system (4) that modulates human behavior to reduce the risk of contagion. Moreover, our ability to communicate and develop vast repositories of information, paired with intelligence and innate curiosity, allowed us to engineer extraordinary tools such as modern medicine. And, we have developed cultural systems of coordination that can allow us to erect walls for limiting the spread of disease. – The pandemic exposes human nature: 10 evolutionary insightsBenjamin M. Seitz, Athena Aktipis, David M. Buss, Joe Alcock, Paul Bloom, Michele Gelfand, Sam Harris, Debra Lieberman, Barbara N. Horowitz, Steven Pinker, David Sloan Wilson, Martie G. Haselton Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Oct 2020, 202009787; DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2009787117
Just think: A lot of people paid good money for that.
Some thoughts from Evolution News and Science Today:
Sampling the Insights Space does not allow analysis of all the alleged insights, but a sample or two will suffice to illustrate the flawed logic. To make any assertion of what human beings “should” do, they must reach outside their own toolkit for resources only non-materialists can provide. Here are the ten insights in their list:
The Virus Might Alter Host Sociability “Generation Quarantine” May Lack Critical Microbial Exposures Activating Disgust Can Help Combat Disease Spread
The Mating Landscape Is Changing, and There Will Be Economic Consequences from a Decrease in Birth Rates
Gender Norms Are Backsliding, and Gender Inequality Is Increasing
An Increase in Empathy and Compassion Is Not Guaranteed
We Have Not Evolved to Seek the Truth.
Combating the Pandemic Requires Its Own Evolutionary Process
Cultural Evolutionary Forces Impact COVID-19 Severity
Human Progress Continues
Wait! So, in Insight #7 they admit they have not evolved to seek the truth! That blows their credibility totally. Where did they get that value? Answer: they plagiarized it from worldviews that value truth as a moral good. Caught in the act!
The Darwin fence looks nice and white now, standing straight and gleaming in the sun. But the paint was stolen.Evolution News, “Whitewashing Evolution with Borrowed Paint” at Evolution News and Science Today
PNAS’s Darwin rubbish is neither knowledge nor wisdom. It’s just Politically Correct Darwin rubbish. All it demonstrates is that science is in a rut.