--- Stathis Papaioannou
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> Destroying your species runs counter to evolution.

Stathis,
'evolution' does not follow good manners and may not
be chisled in stone, I for one identified it (in my
narrative) as the entire history of the unioverse from
its appearance till its demise (let me skip now the
detailed definitions). Destroying one's own species
may be beneficial to others in the biosphere...

> I'll rephrase that: everything that happens in
> nature is by definition in accordance with
> evolution, but those species that destroy themselves
> will die out, while those species that don't destroy
> themselves will thrive. 

Did the dinosaurs destroy 'themselves'? No way! they
were destroyed by the temporary exclusion of sunlight
after the planetesimal-impact's dustclouding. (At
least according to a widely publicised story). They
were well equipped for the circumstances on the planet
that changed abruptly. No self-destruct, just
extinction.
Nobody is exempt from changes in the wholeness.

>Therefore, there will be
> selection for the species that don't destroy
> themselves, and eventually those species will come
> to predominate. When you think about it, the theory
> of evolution is essentially a tautology: those
> species which succeed, succeed.

I like to think that there is more to that.
>  
> Stathis Papaioannou

John M
> 

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