- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 3, 2009


Darwinian theory has morphed from body to mind, judging from a study reported by Newsmax and undertaken by the Medical Research Council which found that people with higher IQs are less likely to die than those with lower IQs. Those with the lowest IQs were two-and-a-half times more likely to stop taking their medications than the highest-IQ folks. The take-away is that smart people take the medications that their doctor ordered, while less bright folks don’t, with unfortunate results.

In this instance (and ignoring longer-term evolutionary implications), Darwinian theory of survival of the fittest - at least the mentally fittest - seems confirmed. As for the survival of the physically fittest, W.C. Fields reportedly once observed, I get my exercise carrying the coffinsof my health-conscious friends.” Presumably that’s bad advice. Here again, it’s probably best to follow the doctor’s orders.

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