By David Stove, D C Stove

ISBN-10: 1859723063

ISBN-13: 9781859723067

Arguing that the evolutionist's view of human lifestyles, particularly, is as a lot an offence to common sense because it is to universal decency, this examine assaults Darwin's idea because it arguably postulated a continuing fight for all times in all species.

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_Another Suppose that A has better defence against predation rhan 31y of iL ancestors had, and better than some at least of its contemporary conspecifics have. ) This fact will certainly give A - udv'lrege, (if other things are equal), over some of its rivals in the struggle for life. Ye,t 's having sharper hearing (say) does nothing at all ro p{event any conspecific B ffrom also having sharper hearing. Here again, more fu A does not mean less for B. But there are other benefits which are completely uzsharable: A's getting the benefit precludes B from getting it.

The same objection can be generalised. If a population is always at or near the maximum size that its food allows, then neglected opportunities for repnoduction tnrtst always be at or near their minimum number. But again, the contrary is the case. Animal life in fact swarms with neglected opportunities for reproduction. |( t U ,r I CT X( & d b b F well known example. The young males of many species whose reproduction is delayed or restricted or prevented by a dominant oldmale, are another. Such cases, I need hardly say, never bother armour-plated neo-Darwinians.

Of course it does not rule out the occurrence of famines, which may be of any given degree of severity and extent. But a famine is simply a period in which, from insufficient or inferior food, many members of a given population suffer death or debility at an earlier age than they otherwise would. ) believe, precisely, that there cot be. What Malthus said was the far more interesting proposition, (whether or not it is true), that there can never for long be fewer people, eitlcr, (or flies or whatever), than there is food for.

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