Wet1 gave me the idea for this thread. He brought up the subject of radiological mutation as a driving force for change. Random mutational changes are a necessary part of nature. Mutations are more often than not an impediment to survival. Animals generally weed out the less suitable members through simple competition. Those least adept at fitting into the environment are more likely to die before reaching breeding age. Therefore over time the species tends to stay the same. Only when a mutation proves helpful to survival does it gradually spread into the gene pool of that species. As environments change, even the most perfectly adapted animals must change with it or be replaced by more adaptable animals. This is evolution. But what if an apex predator reached the very top of the food chain and became smart enough to take control of nature? If it automated everything. No longer needed to run down prey or compete for resources. Even money was abolished. Population controls keeping society static. No more competition. Wouldn't radiation continue mutating the animal but both good and bad changes would go unattended. Ignored. Wouldn't the bad mutations which ofcourse outweigh the good by several magnitude result in devolution? We may already be on this track. Although we do compete with ourselves to a certain extent it is not as brutal a contest as that found in other parts of nature. Physically we are very weak compared to other animals. A case of use it or lose it applies to mother nature and our minds are the only part of us essential to modern day survival and reproduction.