Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Evolution and Rape

A Natural History of Rape: Biological Bases of Sexual Coercion: by Randy Thornhill,Craig T. Palmer.

A book that explains rape from an purely darwinist biological point of view - and claims there is no other point of view.

The authors explain rape as an evolutionary, sexual reproductive, adaptation in human males. They also claim that it "is not a debatable issue", since evolution theory says that this is what rape actually is - an adaptive behavioral pattern based on bio-chemical interactions in the male system and selection pressures.

Just survival of the fittest. The greatest possible spread of one's sperm into the gene pool for guaranteed progenity and sexual satisfaction.

IMO, They are simply being honest and going to the logical conclusions of the theory, as far as the "survival of the fittest", most "reproductive", "adaptive behavior" aspects go. The old Alpha male thing applied to humans in a rather brainless way.

Greatly criticized of course, even by other (less honest) darwinist fundamentalists.

Darwinian evo has no foundations for any objective moral values.
If rape is a biological function developed by natural selection and an adaptation for the "fittest", then no one is really responsible for rape are they? They have basically taken rape out of the domain of crime and put it into the domain of biological adaptation.

If selfishness and specifically sexual selfishness is a function of biological evolution in men then no one can possibly be responsible for it, nor control it completely. I don't really see how any traditional Darwinist could think otherwise than they do. Certainly not atheist darwinists.

I would not waste the price of the purchase on such trash to promote the views and wallets of such inane authors.

It must have been defects in their genes that forced them to write this book!! An action accomplished under strong selective pressures to survival, alpha-male status, social advantage for the spread of their own seed to as many women as possible to guarantee successful progenity. Right? Must be so since that's what their theory pretends.

If you look at the deluge of books hitting the market that explain everything from a naturalistic evo point of view this has to be a meme. ;-) -- unfortunately a very dangerous one for the whole world.

Just check the titles :

  • Evolutionary Medicine
  • The Theory of Options: A New Theory of the Evolution of Human Behavior
  • Why We Lie: The Evolutionary Roots of Deception and the Unconscious Mind
  • Genes on the Couch: Explorations in Evolutionary Psychology - Abuse and neglect of children in the evolutionary perspective
  • A Natural History of Human Emotions - We learn that primitive fear served as the engine of religious belief
  • Darwin and International Relations: On the Evolutionary Origins of War and Ethnic Conflict
  • Why Sex Matters: A Darwinian Look at Human Behavior
  • The Adapted Mind: Evolutionary Psychology and the Generation of Culture
  • Born That Way: Genes, Behavior, Personality
  • Evolution and Ethics: Human Morality in Biological and Religious Perspective
  • Mystery of Mysteries: Is Evolution a Social Construction?
  • Second Nature: Economic Origins of Human Evolution
  • The Abusive Personality: Violence and Control in Intimate Relationships - the behavior's evolutionary function
  • Evolutionary Psychology, Public Policy, and Personal Decisions
  • Economics As an Evolutionary Science
This is just a tiny sample of the kind of "evolutionary" thought books out there. Everything is now being described as evolutionary behavior or function. It appears every Darwinist and his monkey are jumping on the bandwagon for the get rich quick schemes of writing pure garbage pandered off on the public as scientific realities. I'm just about ready to write a new book myself : "The Evolutionary Basis of Underwear"; should be a best seller. [:D]

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that when you get through it all, humanity ends up exactly where Darwinian fundamentalists have always said we are --- mere animal organism with no free will, no purpose other than self, no guilt, no heroism (see NY Times evo explanation for 911 heorism) or merit -- just hormones, genes and chemicals at work in a living organism that make it do whatever it does. ie. your personality, your choices, your feelings, desires and emotions are of no import except as survival adaptations and you have nothing to say about who you are.

If all "bad" behavior is purely biologically rooted at the very source, then no human action is ever immoral or wrong. In fact, neither is it ever inherently "good" -- applies both ways right! As the NY Times evos did - they called the beautiful heroism of the FDNY and others at 911 - evolutionary adaptations to the environment and no heroism at all!! (Tell that to the guys that risked their lives eh!) It's just what they inevitably HAD to do because their bio makeup dictates their actions and thoughts, and the illusion of will.

These people are implying that the whole gambit of human life, just like yourself, is mere organic substance acting the way bio makeup says it must -- including writing asinine books. Your beliefs are not really your beliefs either. It's just memes, social pressure, cultural stimulis, behavioral conditioning. Not a chosen belief at all.

Goodbye Law and order if Darwinists continue to rule the education and justice systems.
Guns in school? Social adaptation for survival.
Violence on the streets? Same thing - the asphalt jungle.
No one is responsible for anything they do -- you're "Born that Way" - it's all in the genes.
You don't react to this forum because of thought, reason and choice - your genes make you do it. Therefore, you really don't HAVE an opinion; you just think you do. You have an "Adapted Mind".

As evidence: "Perhaps most troubling of all, Darwin's theory of evolution tells us that life existed for billions of years before us, that humans are not the products of special creation and that life has no inherent meaning or purpose." - Ker Than, Live Science staff writer, 22 September 2005

Ideas have consequences.

Idiocy is what Darwinian fundamentalism leads to or as CS Lewis put it -
"The Abolition of Man".

A purely bio origin for rape means that any rapist may claim "inability to comply with law due to biological genetic coercion" as a defense. Undoing rape as a crime!!

I used to know some guys that had no problem at all with rape! "Hells angels", "devils disciples" and other criminal group members -- in fact rape and violence was an obligatory part of their initiation rite!

So let's not ignore the fact that to people like that, finding a biological excuse for their behavior would only encourage it more.
No question about it - if they can see a legal hole in the system, created by this inane type of thinking, that provides them a biological catalyst as an excuse they WILL DO SO.

Can anyone see that this very thing in our society is at the very root of the fact that criminals are no longer guilty - they're just "mentally ill", sick, etc. and serial killers get away with making millions on their stories because they weren't "evil" just genetically defective --- ill ??? How many 1000's of times have hardened criminals been let out of jail because some idiot psychologist said they were "cured"?

The whole point here is that if ANY action considered criminal, whether rape, incest, theft, lying etc., can be proven to have biological constraining factors to it - it can no longer be considered criminal because by definition crime implies free responible choice!

Even scientists are getting sick of hearing such claims presented as if was “science.” As Philip S. Skell, emeritus professor at Pennsylvania State University, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences, notes in a recent edition of The Scientist:

…Darwinian explanations for [human behavior] are often too supple: Natural selection makes humans self- centered and aggressive - except when it makes them altruistic and peaceable. Or natural selection produces virile men who eagerly spread their seed - except when it prefers men who are faithful protectors and providers. When an explanation is so supple that it can explain any behavior, it is difficult to test it experimentally, much less use it as a catalyst for scientific discovery.
Thems the facts. No other domain has done so much damage to the credibility of darwinism as evolutionary psychology! And these "rape" guys have really just thrown another steel rod into the darwinian machines' wheel spokes.