Foxes, educated by Belyaev, are much nicer of people, educated by any religions. At least foxes does not created Hitler, Stalin, Mao or Pol Pot regimes. Evolution never was “made by hand”, but thanks to many experiments, similar to Belyaev’s, we can understand why. Evolution goes as Leo Berg said – do not as Darwin. Do you know who Leo Berg is?
Is the irony invisible to you?
This experiment involves a higher intelligence (humans) using intelligence to identify and select specific traits in specific individuals, and empowering their reproduction. And at the same time, eliminating individuals who lack those traits from the gene pool.
This is NOT “evolution”!
This IS Intelligent Design of a species.
The “scientists” are literally playing God with these foxes.
And humans have been “playing God” with thousands of species of plants and animals for tens of thousands of years. Not sure why you think that is ironical?
It is natural selection.
It is ARTIFICIAL selection, or breeding – which we have been doing for millennia.
In the early 1980s, I had the opportunity to meet Dr. Belyaev at a biochemical exhibition in Moscow. He was a calm, gracious man, generous with his time, with fascinating curiosity. A true gentleman.
This is an important study not only shedding light on the domestication process but also on how we humans have consciously selected elements of our own evolutionary development, for an in-depth, ‘bottom of the well’ analysis of this see: https://www.humancondition.com/freedom-the-self-domestication-hypothesis/#547
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