Monday, November 19, 2012

Who Wants to Live 1,000,000 Years? (Not everyone)

All species do, I would have thought! (except maybe winners of the Darwin Awards, below.)

"Who Wants to Live 1,000,000 Years?" is actually the name of the natural selection survival game for anyone interested in understanding natural selection and evolution.

Your target is to pick some variations within a species that will allow it to live 1,000,000 years, in the face of climatic change, predators, and other challenges.

natural selection survival game
the natural selection survival game - choose your population!

Play with or without kids, learn more about natural selection or Charles Darwin, and take a quiz to see if you remember any of it!

If you can't, you might enjoy The Darwin Awards, which are documented behaviors that severely decreases fitness in humans. Read on for more!

The Darwin Awards

"In the spirit of Charles Darwin, the Darwin Awards commemorate individuals who protect our gene pool by making the ultimate sacrifice of their own lives."

about to be a Darwin Award winner (woman with head in croc's mouth)The 4 harsh requirements for the Darwin Award, are:
1. The nominee must be dead or rendered sterile.
2. The nominee’s foolishness must be unique and sensational.
3. The nominee must have injured or killed themselves, rather than a third party.
4. The nominee must be at least past the legal driving age and mentally healthy.

"Darwin Award winners eliminate themselves in an extraordinarily idiotic manner, thereby improving our species' chances of long-term survival." for examples of fitness-losing behaviors...

"The problem with the gene pool is that there's no lifeguard." David Gerrold (cited on Wide range of normal)

Sing-a-long with the Austin Lounge Lizards on Youtube: "The shallow end of the gene pool".

Know anybody like this??

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