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Writer's Block: Missing from Nature

If one thing were to be stricken from nature, what could you stand to see go?

This is a really good question. Hurricanes, tornadoes, shifting tectonic plates, disease-carrying mosquitoes... How could you be sure removing one of these things wouldn't disrupt the balance and be calamitous?

I'm gonna take this in a different direction: genetic mutation. If genes were copied perfectly every time, natural selection would come eventually to an end. On the good side of things, virii couldn't evolve. We could find cures or vaccines for existing strains of diseases and never worry about them mutating. Birth defects would also be dramatically decreased (the ones caused by copying errors would never occur).

On the other hand, our ecosystem would become stagnant. You could teach animals behavior, but that behavior would stop at the generation you taught it to (unless we're talking about animals smart enough to teach their own offspring each generation).

So yeah, I'm not sure I'd flip the switch on this if I had the chance, but then again, I can't think of anything on which I really would.


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Sep. 12th, 2008 09:20 pm (UTC)
Yeah you don't want to blindly mess with nature. Not to mention that if evolution stopped (as it is mainly driven by random mutation, a few of which end up being positive) if anything changed in our environment, say increase in temperature, nothing would be able to adapt and would probably all die out.
Sep. 12th, 2008 09:56 pm (UTC)
Yeah, and even if we were exempt from the mutation cessation and did evolve, our food sources would die out as well.
Sep. 15th, 2008 04:20 pm (UTC)
And I was just gonna get rid of mosquitos....
Sep. 15th, 2008 06:20 pm (UTC)
Haha.. "just"? Your impact would probably be bigger than you think.
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