Darwin Awards

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  1. Gawdzilla Sama Valued Senior Member

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    If "only the best survived" there would be very few in the next generations. The ones who have been fit to survive to this point will continue to survive until something tilts the odds against them. Sloppy thinking handed down from the 19th C. continues to dog the debate.
     
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  3. Dinosaur Rational Skeptic Valued Senior Member

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    Survival of the fittest is best understood as a probabilistic statement. The fittest are more likely to survive.

    Gawdzilla Sama is quite correct. If only the fittest survived, there would be very few in the next generation.
     
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  5. Dinosaur Rational Skeptic Valued Senior Member

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    BTW: The concept of Darwin Awards was intended to be a humorous concept, not a serious belief.
     
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  7. Gawdzilla Sama Valued Senior Member

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    I've always thought of the Darwin Awards as a "well done, that man! for removing a bad patch of genes from the available strings."
     
  8. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    Not without some sort of quantification on that.

    Of 10 critters, if only the top 9 fittest survive, the next generation will be quite fine.
     
  9. Gawdzilla Sama Valued Senior Member

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    Okay, those who don't want to go into tedious detail raise a flipper.
     
  10. Michael 345 Looking for Bali in Nov Valued Senior Member

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    I think it includes "the most creative" method by which the person dispatched themselves

    I tried to interest our local politician to apply to those giving out the awards to hold a awards convention here in Darwin

    She thinks they are tacky

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  11. Gawdzilla Sama Valued Senior Member

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    They really should be held in Alabama, so the contestants don't have to drive so far.
     
  12. Michael 345 Looking for Bali in Nov Valued Senior Member

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    Interesting but impossible

    All Darwin Awards are awarded posthumously

    However I understand that honorable mentions are awarded

    Would it be ghoulish to ask the honorable mentions to re-enact the event? Perhaps a re going over would clinch the deal for the real thing?

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  13. Beer w/Straw Transcendental Ignorance! Valued Senior Member

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    This thread could be construed as anti "Tide pod challenge" and should be deleted.
     
  14. Michael 345 Looking for Bali in Nov Valued Senior Member

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    Ah good old King Canute

    A King standing against the tide

    A King well and truly before his time

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  15. Michael 345 Looking for Bali in Nov Valued Senior Member

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    I nearly forgot Cher "

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    If I could turn back Tide - If I could find a way"

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  16. Gawdzilla Sama Valued Senior Member

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    You'll notice I said "drive". Takes care of all those problems.
     
  17. billvon Valued Senior Member

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    Correct. Power has nothing to do with it. Reproductive fitness does.
    Again, power has nothing to do with it. Reproductive fitness does. From a purely evolutionary standpoint, Trump is quite successful because he's had five children (that we know about.)
    Again, you are talking about two different things.

    Take two people - a serial rapist who ends up fathering two children and a priest who has spent his life celibate and working with the poor. The priest is certainly the better person. The rapist will be the "fittest" in terms of evolution because he will pass on his genes.
     
  18. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    Exactly. Such a generalization should not have been made in the first place. It does not refute the point it was intended to refute.
     
  19. Michael 345 Looking for Bali in Nov Valued Senior Member

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    How do dead people drive?

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  20. Gawdzilla Sama Valued Senior Member

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    I bow to your celestial level of pomposity.
     
  21. Gawdzilla Sama Valued Senior Member

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    The trip is the trick. They kill themselves getting there.
     
  22. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    We* approve.

    *the Royal We
     
  23. Gawdzilla Sama Valued Senior Member

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    I bow to the raging Queen.
     

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