Sharon Hill has been tw**ting back and forth with The Deepak since Chopra and I had an “exchange of views” in The New Republic. Chopra, trying his best to be funny, and failing miserably, posted the following ad hominem in response to Sharon Hill’s tw**t about that exchange.
I will ignore the insults and remind Chopra that the proper spelling is Homo erectus, with a small “e” at the beginning of the second word. Oh, and Dr. Chopra, there’s no evidence that Homo erectus was evolutionarily maladapted, unless you mean (and you don’t) that the species may have been outcompeted by H. sapiens. But natural selection doesn’t adapt species to future contingencies, like the arrival of a competitor, so it’s not kosher to call a species that is outcompeted by a new competitor “evolutionarily maladapted.” That’s the nerdy biology lesson for today.
As I said, Chopra is a thin-skinned man…
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