Tuesday, December 6, 2016
"Final Destination" Caesarean Births and Human Devolution Driven by Unnatural Selection
Apparently the number of “final destination” cases of a caesarean section where the baby and mother otherwise would have died without it is increasing, indicating that technological advances are allowing people to avoid inevitable death from natural selection, but also allowing these genes to propagate, genes that would otherwise have been removed from the gene pool without human intervention.
It is common sense that this would happen, but it still is a foreboding omen of the dangers of technological advancement. More and more people will survive and reproduce that would otherwise have been removed by natural selection before the point that they would reproduce, essentially causing the human genome to become defined by unnatural selection, and this will likely be devolution towards technological dependence and unnatural methods of survival.
Allegorically this is like having a watchmaker who used to only make mechanical watches start to make watches dependent on batteries, where the mechanical watch would function fine if batteries become scares or inexistent, the battery watches would all cease to function. This is a problem because as the genes become more common on account of unnatural selection, the population of people prone to “mortis ab machinus” increases.
With medicine and technology lumped into a “machine” those that can survive Mechanical Selection but not Natural Selection are the human divergence from the standard that has defined survival and guided evolution since the dawn of time, and since these people would not survive in the wild, this is why I describe this genetic devolution.
While it is great when medicine saves a life, it is important to note that playing God by outwitting nature has consequences, including human devolution. On a lighter note, although its is great when medicine can save a mother and her child, it makes you wonder how many people have been saved by technology that otherwise would have died from a lack of common sense or critical thinking. It makes you wonder and feel bad for everyone who is inheriting a lack of common sense or critical thinking thanks to unnatural selection.
Link to Article: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-38210837