December 7, 2004 | David F. Coppedge

The Evolution of Irresponsibility

Evolutionists at the University of Minnesota have developed a theory for the evolution of impulsive behavior, reports EurekAlert.  They say that because our ancestors were hunter-gatherers, they had to grab what they could without thought of future reward or punishment:

When psychologists study kids who are good at waiting for a reward, they find those kids generally do better in life.  It looks as though this is a key to success in the modern world, so why is it so hard for us to accept delays?  The answer may be because we evolved as foragers who encountered no penalties for taking resources impulsively.

Surprisingly, experiments with blue jays show that the birds cannot learn to bypass a small immediate reward for a bigger deferred prize, “even after a thousand repetitions.”  Evolutionists had thought that the birds could figure out that a seed in the hand was worth two in the bush.  One researcher, puzzling over this, said, “I think we were asking them the wrong question.”  Further experiments seemed to show that the impulsively-acting birds ended up with just as much reward as they would have had they learned to wait.
    The paper to be published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society claims this might help explain addiction and other compulsive, impulsive human behavior.

That’s all Dad needs, another excuse for Johnny to explain why he can’t help being an irresponsible jerk.  Here is another example of evolutionary theory rationalizing the worst in human behavior: humans can’t help themselves, because they evolved that way.  If so, whatever is, is right, so why let modern society get in the way of our own evolution?
    The scientists are asking the wrong question, not of the blue jays, but of themselves.  Why do humans understand the value of delayed rewards?  Why do they feel guilty after acting impulsively?  Why do the scientists agree that delaying reward is essential for success in the modern world?  Why would the modern world care?  Why do only humans have a conscience?  Why would anyone show no greater love than to lay down his life for his friends?

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