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natural selection

She argues that dreaming must serve a purpose or natural selection would have eliminated such a vulnerable state.
  natural process whereby members of a species who have the most surviving offspring pass their traits on to the next generation such that future generations have inherited characteristics that better adapt them to the environment than prior generations
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Natural selection is the central mechanism of Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.
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  • She argues that dreaming must serve a purpose or natural selection would have eliminated such a vulnerable state.
  • I was slightly stunned by this story, for I was not prepared to have an unlettered and untutored Eskimo give me a lecture, even in parable form, illustrating the theory of survival of the fittest through the agency of natural selection.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Now by the action of natural selection, all terrestrial plants have acquired a resisting power against bacterial diseases—they never succumb without a severe struggle, but the red weed rotted like a thing already dead.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • To his ears, when an animal felt the urge to mate, it said "Gregor Mendel", recalling the father of genetics, and when it was time to show its mettle, "Charles Darwin", the father of natural selection, and what we took to be bleating, grunting, hissing, snorting, roaring, growling, howling, chirping and screeching were but the thick accents of foreigners.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi

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  • Nature is proving Darwin’s law of natural selection.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • The mixed assemblage of idlers known to each other presently fell apart into two bands by a process of natural selection, the frequenters of Peter’s Finger going off Mixen Lanewards, where most of them lived, while Coney, Buzzford, Longways, and that connection remained in the street.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • And that’s not all—twenty years ago he would have found in that literature traces of conflict with authorities, with the creeds of the ages; he would have perceived from this conflict that there was something else; but now he comes at once upon a literature in which the old creeds do not even furnish matter for discussion, but it is stated baldly that there is nothing else—evolution, natural selection, struggle for existence—and that’s all.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Being cowards, we defeat natural selection under cover of philanthropy: being sluggards, we neglect artificial selection under cover of delicacy and morality.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • It’s a simple question of natural selection: people who know how to bake bread will live better and be more apt to reproduce than people who don’t know how.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • "The point is—Crick was unable to square what we now know of molecular biology’s complexity with the theory of natural selection, but he was unwilling to suggest a Creator in any spiritual sense."
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor

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  • This chap told me that they could improve a little through mutation from other causes, from new blood added by immigration, and from natural selection among the gene patterns they already own — but that is all very minor compared with the evolutionary rate on Terra and on any usual planet.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers
  • His mind turned to its accustomed round of thoughts-he had touched on them indirectly in many medical works-concerning will and purposefulness as superior forms of adaptation; mimicry and protective coloring; the survival of the fittest; and the hypothesis that the path of natural selection is the very path leading to the formation and emergence of consciousness.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • Its full title was On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Natural selection.
    Ally Condie  --  Matched
  • Secondly, that evolution was the result of natural selection.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • By natural selection, nature will attempt to undo what man has done.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • Is it possible that nature makes a ’natural selection’ as to which individuals are to survive?
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Darwin could still not quite imagine how such a natural selection could take place.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • We can take some more recent examples of the way natural selection can work.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • But in a sense modern medicine has put natural selection out of commission.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • He couldn’t really come to terms with the fact that something as delicate and sensitive as an eye could be exclusively due to natural selection.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • It was due to natural selection in the struggle for life, in which those that were best adapted to their surroundings would survive and perpetuate the race.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • But by virtue of this natural selection of our kind we have developed resisting power; to no germs do we succumb without a struggle, and to many—those that cause putrefaction in dead matter, for instance—our living frames are altogether immune.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • Mixed herds of does with fawns were much more interesting to the wolves, for the percentage of injured, malformed or inferior individuals is naturally higher among the fawns, who have not yet been subjected to any prolonged period of rigorous natural selection.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • We can say that he ’raw material’ behind the evolution of life on earth was the continual variation of individuals within the same species, plus the large number of progeny, which meant that only a fraction of them survived, the actual ’mechanism,’ or driving force, behind evolution was thus the natural selection in the struggle for survival.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • He pointed out—writing in a foolish, facetious tone—that the perfection of mechanical appliances must ultimately supersede limbs; the perfection of chemical devices, digestion; that such organs as hair, external nose, teeth, ears, and chin were no longer essential parts of the human being, and that the tendency of natural selection would lie in the direction of their steady diminution through the coming ages.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
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