Archive for January 20th, 2009

What is paleofantasy?

January 20, 2009

Even though not quite in the same league as the ideas discussed, this post, touched a cord with me since I also face so many of my close relatives and friends who believe that all the ills and diseases that we face today were either absent in an earlier “golden” Indian era or were completely treatable and curable by the local doctors and physicians of that period!

As an evolutionary biologist, I was filled with enthusiasm at first over the idea of a modern mismatch between everyday life and our evolutionary past. But a closer look reveals that not all evolutionary ideas are created equal; even for Darwinians, the devil is in the details. The notion that there was a time of perfect adaptation, from which we’ve now deviated, is a caricature of the way evolution works.

Take a look!