In the spirit of this blog's title, "Evolutionary Entertainment," here is Part IV in an ongoing series on the daily life of Homo professoris.
To increase students’ attention and information retention, I make ample use of the bizarre mnemonic when lecturing. Occasionally though, a student will echo my bizarre, vivid example from class on an exam and leave me wondering, "Did I really say that?" This is one of those times.
QUESTION: Why is "survival of the fittest" a poor description of natural selection, and who coined the phrase? (5 points)
STUDENT'S ANSWER: Herbert Spencer, popularizer and bastardizer (Kuhle, 2014) of Darwin's theory of natural selection, coined the misleading phrase.
The phrase is misleading because it over-emphasizes the roles of strength, survival, and physical fitness in natural selection while under-emphasizing the role of reproduction, the true engine of evolution.
This is because natural selection favors reproduction (and not fucking blenders) more than fitness, survival, and strength.
In short, "not a single one of our ancestors were blender fuckers" (Kuhle, 2014).