By Camillia Dababneh |Staff Writer|
Natural selection’s influence on the human population may be suspect with the many medicinal and technological advancements available today.
According to Charles Darwin, biological evolution occurs as a result of natural selection.
Darwinism theorizes that in any given generation, some “stronger” individuals have a greater chance to survive and reproduce, rather than those who are considered “weak.”
Because not all organisms are the same, the ones with the ability to adapt to their environments will be the ones who flourish.
This theory has been accepted by many, but with medical and technological advancements today, it’s relevancy is being brought into question towards humans.
Many people are unable to have children and are claimed to be “unfit” for reproduction, but with the help of medicine today, there are alternative options to produce offspring.
There are procedures that can be done for women who are unable to conceive on their own.
Some of these options include fertility drugs, in vitro fertilization, artificial insemination, among other procedures.
Additionally, with contraceptives like condoms or birth control, people who have the ability to reproduce may choose not to.
Darwin couldn’t have foreseen that such advancements would have existed, so perhaps they have affected the evolution of humans.
When Darwin created his theory in the 19th century, the romance scene was completely different in terms of using protection and choosing life long companions.
In today’s society, we have more individual freedom with who we become involved with physically.
“We have the opportunity to mate with whomever we want,” said student Alyx Steinmetz. “You can mix good genes with good, and bad with bad. We have the choice.”
Of course, this benefits natural selection, because many favorable characteristics may be mixed in the same gene pool as the not-so-favorable.
Government can be involved with how aid is distributed, and with socialist policies playing a role, the quality of life for many members of society has improved.
The improvement of the quality of life for all members of society is prioritized, however, as the public or state controls the major means of production.
“It benefits us in some ways, but I feel like the controlling aspect of it can be a little much and should only reach a certain point,” said student Amelia Murillo.
In many aspects, Socialism is not favored by many, but when talking about the human condition, there are many traits of socialism that can be useful to benefit the haves and have nots between them.
Of course, to have access to the advancements in child bearing, one would need to have some serious cash.
These concepts may seem to interrupt natural selection, but perhaps they are actually taking form in new ways.