Dilbert Classics by Scott Adams

Dilbert Classics

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  1. Linux0s

    Linux0s said, over 3 years ago

    Uncle Phil also received the Darwin Award.

  2. Bruno Zeigerts

    Bruno Zeigerts said, over 3 years ago

    Hang it all.

  3. Radish

    Radish GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    So the engineer gene is recessive?

  4. The Life I Draw Upon

    The Life I Draw Upon said, over 3 years ago

    He was the smart one of the family.

  5. mbreed184

    mbreed184 said, over 3 years ago

    Good luck next time Uncle Phil!

  6. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst said, over 3 years ago

    If at first you don’t succeed, then hang gliding may not be for you.

  7. route66paul

    route66paul said, over 3 years ago

    he was wearing his safety helmet, how could he have gotten hurt?

  8. Jon Hra

    Jon Hra said, over 3 years ago

    So boogie boards don’t work for surf gliding? Bummer.

  9. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    @Linux0s

    Darwin spoke about flexibility, it was Herbert Spencer who spoke about "survival of the fittest. So it should be called “The Spencer Award.”
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    “Survival of the fittest” is a phrase originating in evolutionary theory, as an alternative description of natural selection. The phrase is today commonly used in contexts that are incompatible with the original meaning as intended by its first two proponents: British polymath philosopher Herbert Spencer (who coined the term) and Charles Darwin.
    Herbert Spencer first used the phrase – after reading Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species – in his Principles of Biology (1864), in which he drew parallels between his own economic theories and Darwin’s biological ones, writing, “This survival of the fittest, which I have here sought to express in mechanical terms, is that which Mr. Darwin has called ‘natural selection’, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life.”1


    Darwin first used Spencer’s new phrase “survival of the fittest” as a synonym for natural selection in the fifth edition of On the Origin of Species, published in 1869.23 Darwin meant it as a metaphor for “better adapted for immediate, local environment”, not the common inference of “in the best physical shape”.4 Hence, it is not a scientific description.5


    The phrase “survival of the fittest” is not generally used by modern biologists as the term does not accurately convey the meaning of natural selection, the term biologists use and prefer. Natural selection refers to differential reproduction as a function of traits that have a genetic basis. “Survival of the fittest” is inaccurate for two important reasons. First, survival is merely a normal prerequisite to reproduction. Second, fitness has specialized meaning in biology different from how the word is used in popular culture. In population genetics, fitness refers to differential reproduction. “Fitness” does not refer to whether an individual is “physically fit” – bigger, faster or stronger – or “better” in any subjective sense. It refers to a difference in reproductive rate from one generation to the next.6


    An interpretation of the phrase “survival of the fittest” to mean “only the fittest organisms will prevail” (a view sometimes derided as “Social Darwinism”) is not consistent with the actual theory of evolution. Any individual organism which succeeds in reproducing itself is “fit” and will contribute to survival of its species, not just the “physically fittest” ones, though some of the population will be better adapted to the circumstances than others. A more accurate characterization of evolution would be “survival of the fit enough”.7

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