On Social Evolution

    Evolution in general is always a favorite topic of discussion at the Palace Flophouse (it's no accident that there is a portrait of Charles Darwin hanging in the Flophouse library) and, lately, social evolution in particular.  It has turned out to be an unexpectedly touchy subject, and seemingly innocent debate frequently takes a nasty turn down Donnybrook Lane (causing the Flophouse librarian to recently order the removal of all sharp objects from the entire library wing).

    The most hotly debated topics include:

1.  The definition of the terms "evolution" and "progress."

2.  Can the principles of Darwinian evolution be applied in a socio-economic context?

3.  Are humans as a species becoming (more) stupid?

4.  Is IQ a relevant measure of anything besides ability to score on an IQ test?

    None of the questions has been resolved to the satisfaction of all participants in the debate, but some thought-provoking ideas have been voiced and it might be a good idea to document them in order to provide a working reference for future discourse. <deep breath>  Okay, here goes.  First, an analogy. 


Evolution::Progress || Reproduction::   

A. Achievment  B. Success  C.  Life  D. Dirty Sock


  All four answers have received some compelling support.  We're not going to weigh in just yet, but if you want to cast your vote go ahead and submit it via the Feedback page.