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Sep. 5th, 2007 (UTC)

While Darwin didn't use the phrase "survival of the fittest," the term is used worldwide in any center of learning with a biology department. It's used for a a very good reason too.

"Survival of the fittest" absolutely describes how evolution works. It does, perfectly.

However, it has nothing to do with physical fitness, or mental acuity, or being all badass and scary. It means how well an organism "fits" into a specific environment.

As an example, lets say we have two types of hares, black hares and white hares. They are genetically identical except for a single (or several if you wish) gene(s) that do nothing except determine the colour of the hares. Now lets say they're living in the Tundra.

Usually, the white hare "fits" better, because his white fur will blend in and give him more camouflage than the easily seen black hare.

THAT is what "survival of the fittest" means. It's not that the term doesn't apply, it's that people misuse it, and it's depressing.

If you think that people misunderstanding evolution is annoying, trade me places. Every university course I take that even begins to mention evolution, Darwin, or even biology in general spends at minimum 1/2 a lecture explaining what evolution actually is, and how not to misunse the term "survival of the fittest."

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