By Bernie on 09 Oct 2012
Blogger Frank Hilliard needs only one short sentence to remove any doubt that evolution does indeed favor individualists:
Mesopotamia West, 9 Oct 2012, Ayn Rand vs. the Pygmies
The Editor, The National Post
In July 1967 David Mendosa safaried to the Ruwenzori Mountains (between Uganda and the Congo) where he came across this group
of Pygmies. David is the tall one.
Photo Credit: David Mendosa
I can demolish Christopher Boehm's belief, based on research with the pygmies, that evolution favours altruists over individualists, in one short sentence.
It is Western individualists, such as Professor Boehm, who are studying the pygmies, not the pygmies studying him.
It should be noted that some researchers are now speculating that because the Pigmies in the Congo Basin are not adapting to modern life in Africa, they may disappear entirely within 30 years (1). Evolution at work.
ICE Case Studies , Dec 2005, Pygmies in the Congo Basin and Conflict
13. Level of Strategic Interest: Regional
Within the state of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Pygmy are often in direct conflict with the ethnic groups the state represents as well as rebel groups opposing the state. Outside of the Congo, Pygmy groups are also in conflict with Post-Colonial African states and their desire for modernization and economic development.
14. Outcome of Dispute: Loss
This is a conflict that the Pygmies are definately [sic] losing. If something is not done now, many predict that the tropical rainforest of Central Africa, as well as the Pygmies that live within them may disappear within the next 30 years.
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