The 19th and early 20th century  theory of evolution was a dramatic, alpha male theory: it was supposed that all animals bred at such a ferocious rate that they always outstripped the food supply, and every generation was a whole scale battle for the best and the brightest to survive. The modern theory of evolution paints a very different picture: freaks breed too, and sometimes- by dumb luck and not out of developing any magical superpower- they turn out to be better at it. In the old model, nature was one eternal Olympic games, Miss America pageant, and ruthless talent show. We were all supposed to laugh at the weak and rejoice in the strong. The new model makes the evolution part of nature look much more like a Church bingo game, played off the side of nature.  

(going out of town till Wednesday, to one of the few remaining parts of the world with no Internet)

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