Survival of the strongest? I don’t think so

WARNING: Rant to follow. Recently I read a series of books that referred to Darwin’s Survival of the Fittest (actually, it’s natural selection). As usual, this was derided to the popular believe that strong, physically fit (in-shape) people would survive. I gritted my teeth. This egregious misconception has been perpetrated since Origin of the Species was published.
It wasn’t true then.
It isn’t now.
Not even in Social Darwinism.
The way fit was used by Darwin is a biological term–meaning how well the individual’s progeny produce more progeny and references how well they function in their environment. To put it bluntly, the guy who goes to the gym and can bench press 300 pounds but produces no children (with or without steroids) is far less fit than the 300 pound couch potato who has 5 kids.
Don’t believe me?
Here it is again in the man’s own words, “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.”
Now go work out.
And remember, sex burns calories, so does parenting.

About Linda Andrews

Linda Andrews lives with her husband and three children in Phoenix, Arizona. When she announced to her family that her paranormal romance was to be published, her sister pronounce: "What else would she write? She’s never been normal." All kidding aside, writing has become a surprising passion. So just how did a scientist start to write paranormal romances? What other option is there when you’re married to romantic man and live in a haunted house? If you’ve enjoyed her stories or want to share your own paranormal experience feel free to email the author at She’d love to hear from you.
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2 Responses to Survival of the strongest? I don’t think so

  1. Chicki Brown says:

    Hey, Regina! Great interview. Your office sounds wonderful!

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