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Louis CK: Let Loose the Lions!

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A funny piece from Louis CK on the Letterman Show! He brings up some very good point about human evolution:

“I think human beings are still evolving and we’re all responsible for that. There’s nothing less than the human evolution at stake when you act like an idiot. And If you are idiot then you should be selected out. Not by a committee, but by lions…”

Through humor though he brings up an interesting point that how would we behave if we lived in fear of lions? According to Louis CK we would “have to be smarter and more interesting. You couldn’t just be a fat pig at Carls Jr just pigging out cause a lion might eat you!”

Perhaps the greatest selective force on humans is humans. We created our own ecosystems to the point where we can live rather comfortably without fear of lions, or more metaphorically any non-human phenomenon, attacking us at every corner. The lions we face now are ourselves.

Kevin Zelnio About the Author: Kevin has a M.Sc. degree in biology from Penn State, a B.Sc. in Evolution and Ecology from University of California, Davis, and has worked at as a researcher at several major marine science institutions. His broad academic research interests have encompassed population genetics, biodiversity, community ecology, food webs and systematics of invertebrates at deep-sea chemosynthetic environments and elsewhere. Kevin has described several new species of anemones and shrimp. He is now a freelance writer, independent scientist and science communications consultant living near the Baltic coast of Sweden in a small, idyllic village.

Kevin is also the assistant editor and webmaster for Deep Sea News, where he contributes articles on marine science. His award-winning writing has been appeared in Seed Magazine, The Open Lab: Best Writing on Science Blogs (2007, 2009, 2010), Discovery Channel, ScienceBlogs, and Environmental Law Review among others. He spends most of his time enjoying the company of his wife and two kids, hiking, supporting local breweries, raising awareness for open access, playing guitar and songwriting. You can read up more about Kevin and listen to his music at his homepage, where you can also view his CV and Résumé, and follow him twitter and Google +. Editor's Selection Posts on EvoEcoLab!

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  1. 1. oscar867 6:44 am 08/2/2011

    I think the point is that humans just aren’t very good lions. We do a pretty lousy job of weeding out the weakest and all too often sacrifice the best and brightest to protect the worst and dumbest.

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  2. 2. Kevin Zelnio in reply to Kevin Zelnio 1:29 am 08/6/2011

    I cannot disagree with this.

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