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Could Human Vices Be Good For Evolution?

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posted on Dec, 5 2006 @ 06:58 PM
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Vices in the past have always been described as things to work against, but could they have also been the driving force behind making life better?


Looking at the course of human events in terms of the theory of evolution, the question is: Why are the lazy, voracious and aggressive ones still around following centuries of natural selection? Can the vices have played a role in the progress of humankind?

Laziness

Many an inventor admitted quite shamelessly that the desire to make their lives easier had been a principal motive for inventing various gismos. In other words, laziness provided motivations for designing a remote control, food processor, washing machine and other household equipment. Aside from devising automatic machines, the efforts of the world’s best brains are focused on the building of robots, which should spare humans the indispensability of pushing buttons. State-of-the art computer-aided gadgets can turn your house into a “smart home” where lights go up once you step inside and the tap water always has optimum temperatures.



Just as another comparison Heinlein wrote a story called, "The Man Who Was To Lazy To Fail." Heinlein also said that the day his first story was published was the last time he did honest work. So the effort to make life easier is a vice that could work in favor of society. Although ive to say that creating all those things that makes life easier does take a lot of work.




 
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