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To what extent are humans in a technological environment free from natural selection?

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happy99 | Student, College Freshman | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted August 8, 2013 at 12:57 AM via iOS

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To what extent are humans in a technological environment free from natural selection?

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted August 8, 2013 at 1:38 AM (Answer #1)

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What a great question! Natural selection refers to the biological process in which certain traits are either more or less prominent based upon one's interaction with their environment. A technological environment refers to the environment in which technical advancements are necessary in order to insure (or advance) the success of a business and society.

If one believes that an aptitude for technology is genetic, he or she would deny that humans within a technological environment are free from natural selection. In fact, the person would actually lean towards the idea that natural selection would insure that the technological environment was superior based upon the idea that the trait for a technological aptitude was genetic.

On the other hand, some may support the idea that humans in a technological environment are free from natural selection. People who believe this would support this based upon the "fact" that technological aptitude must be taught and not passed on through genetics.

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