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Charles Darwin: Survival of the Fittest

What does the term survival of the fittest mean? If Darwin did not have the vision to investigate the differences in species, where would psychology be today? Please provide references and notes thank you.

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What does the term survival of the fittest mean?

Survival of the fittest means in order to survive the natural environment and sustain, it is required to not just be more endurable than others however more versatile as well. For example, when you have a basketball team, their success is not based on individual performances but based solely on how well the team can play together. No one player can win a basketball game on their own no matter how great they are at three point shots, dribbling, or slam dunks. They are only able to do those actions because of the team efforts.

Possessing the ability to cross pollinate and fully understand why you are great is definitely a part of being called the fittest. Survival of the fittest is meant to refer to the natural selection of species.

"A majority of the general public may be able to describe natural selection as "survival of the fittest". When pressed for a further explanation of that term, however, the majority will answer incorrectly. To a person not familiar with what natural selection really is, "fittest" means the best physical specimen of the ...

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This article will provide information regarding the understanding of the phrase 'survival of the fittest' as it relates to humans and other species.