Minggu, 06 Maret 2011

Nobel Scientist has New Spin on 'Original Sin'

Just when you thought you heard it all, here is another take on original sin.

(WorldNetDaily) A Nobel Prize winner is warning that the forces of natural selection in evolution instilled mankind with an innate "original sin" that – if not overcome – may lead to humanity's extinction.

His ideas, he says, are not new, but as old as the Bible's Book of Genesis. Biochemist Christian de Duve, a professor emeritus at New York City's Rockefeller University and 1974 winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, said in an interview with NewScientist that the essential problem … is selfishness.

"Natural selection has resulted in traits such as group selfishness being coded in our genes," de Duve explains. "These were useful to our ancestors under the conditions in which they lived, but have become noxious to us today."

Unfortunately, de Duve says, that while evolution favored the survival of early tribes with a me-first nature, there are dire consequences to the success of a selfish race.

Put more simply, he says, natural selection "doesn't care about your grandchildren."

"The cost of our success is the exhaustion of natural resources, leading to energy crises, climate change, pollution and the destruction of our habitat," he continues. "If we continue in the same direction, humankind is headed for some frightful ordeals, if not extinction." (Read more)

Later in the same interview, his solution to our self-destruction is population control. Seems like Jesus Christ would have been the likely solution to man's selfishness, but Christian de Duve explains:
"It is a simple matter of figures. If you want this planet to continue being habitable for everyone that lives here, you have to limit the number of inhabitants. Hunters do it by killing off the old or sick animals in a herd, but I don't think that's a very ethical way of limiting the population. So what remains? Birth control. We have access to practical, ethical and scientifically established methods of birth control. So I think that is the most ethical way to reduce our population."
It is interesting to note that de Duve is doing research on chemistry and natural selection as it relates to the possibility of extraterrestrial life.

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