260 – Survival of the “Fittest”


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It’s red in tooth and claw, a war of all against all, as each individual gene struggles to survive at the expense of others in a zero-sum competition for reproduction across generations, which coincidentally serves to naturalize the rule of the rich and powerful, and justify cruelty and indifference towards the weak, this week, on SRSLY WRONG.

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