Dr. Popp, the first computer virus, and the purpose of human life: Studies in Crap gapes at Popular Evolution
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brings you the finest in forgotten and bewildering crap culled from
basements, thrift stores, estate sales and flea markets. I do this
for one reason: Knowledge is power.
Popular Evolution: Life-Lessons From Anthropology
Joseph L. Popp
Man and Nature Press
at: “Borrowed” from
Your Crap Archivist’s old job in a Harvard alumni office
Cover Promises: The worst
A Chorus Line ever.
the reproductive imperative always in mind, this book offers an
unadorned explanation of the purpose of human life and how we can
fulfill that purpose.” (page xv)
that your children get a good eighth grade education. … Avoid
smoking tobacco unless you are a teenager who would otherwise not be
having sexual intercourse. … Individuals should not use any form
of contraception. … Keep no pets. Have another child or help a
relative have another child instead.” (page 260)
By my count,
Harvard-trained evolutionary biologist Joseph L. Popp managed at least
four wholly unique accomplishments before his death in 2007:
hamadryas baboons in East Africa for fifteen years.
butterfly sanctuary in upstate New York.
Popular Evolution, a
“new model for the ultimate kind of self-help”that argues that
humanity’s only purpose is “maximizing reproductive success” and
points out, as a point for further research, that “Rape appears as
a reproductive strategy in other species.”
20,000 floppy disks containing a computer virus aimed at holding hostage the world’s
accumulated knowledge of AIDS.