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On 20 Aug 2001, at 16:11, Philip Jonkers wrote:
> > > Natural selection ought to favor birds who aren't drunk
> > an
> > > entire season. I am well aware also that drugs (including alcohol)
> > are
> > > not uncommon for usage in the animal kingdom. I cannot imagine,
> > > really, that natural selection would allow for animal `druggies'
> > > to emerge and maintain in the extremely competitive and demanding
> > natural
> > > world.
> > It's a cost-benefit analysis; when fermented barries are the only
> > (or the major) source of food available, the collateral damage some
> > drunken birds do to themselves could be much less than the massive
> > die-off afflicting starving flocks. Of course, selection pressures
> > would progressively weed out those birds unable to handle their
> > liquor, the ones who could handle it would live to reproduce, and
> > subsequent generations would find the equation more and more in
> > favor of the berry-eating stoners.
> Hi Joe, thanks also for the feedback. Fair enough, natural selection
> seems to favor the sober animal and permits the occasional user. So
> much for the animal kingdom, I'm still left with humans who, I think
> it's safe to say, generally are susceptible to develop addiction of
> whatever kind. Can you account for this with arguments ignoring human
We may feel a greater need to keep our bigger brains occupied.
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