From the July/August, 1999 issue of Touchstone
Unfit for Survival by Paul A. Nelson

Unfit for Survival

The Fatal Flaws of Natural Selection

by Paul A. Nelson

Imagine a calm and sunny afternoon in early summer. You are sitting on a bench on the north bank of the Charles River, near the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). You have read today’s Boston Globe, and now, gazing abstractedly across the river at the passing rowers and distant traffic, you would like nothing better than to drift off into a daydream. Unfortunately a pesky fly has come buzzing around the bench. Fortunately the Globe is available. You take aim, and the calm returns.

Only for a moment, however. Suddenly you are surrounded by a large group of panting, ashen-faced graduate students. . . .

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