June 9, 2008

THE BETTER ADAPTED YOU ARE THE LESS LIKELY TO SURVIVE (via Jay):

Smarter Flies Die Earlier Than Stupid Ones, Scientists Find (Marc Wolfensberger, 6/08/08, Bloomberg)

Fruit flies that are more mentally developed die at an earlier age than their more ignorant counterparts, a study by scientists at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland showed.

Researchers Joep Burger and Tadeusz Kawecki managed to boost the mental capacity of a group of flies by teaching them how to associate a smell with a taste, such as with a sweet or sour drink, or an unpleasant experience like the rattling of a box they were in. Over 30 to 40 generations, the insects developed better memory or the ability to avoid the rattling box, the researchers found.

``Still, we rapidly discovered that these flies lived shorter lives,'' Burger said today in a telephone interview. The other group, left in a natural state, lived 80-85 days on average compared with 50-60 days for the more intelligent ones, he said.


As Jay points out, they're just replicating the secular Rationalist experiment, which has the Brightest societies dying off like there's no tomorrow and our Stupid one moving from strength to strength.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 9, 2008 8:08 PM
Comments

This, of course, is the premise behind "Idiocracy."

The most conservative comedy I've seen yet.

The sad news, OJ, is that it has to break down sooner of later. We are not fruit flies, after all.

Posted by: Bruno at June 10, 2008 12:59 AM

No, we're designers of fruit flies.

Posted by: oj at June 10, 2008 4:29 AM

Remember, the "brights" aren't very smart. Tereza didn't know what chili was, and her husband was lapped at Yale by George W. Bush.

Carter inflated his academic record, and so did Al Gore. Obama apparently claimed he was a professor of constitutional law, when he was just a lecturer. And so on.

Posted by: ratbert at June 10, 2008 8:09 AM
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