Longer crossing time for pedestrians defies natural selection claims Darwin.
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No it doesn't. The longer crossing times are being introduced to allow people who are past breeding age to get across the road safely. The transmission of their 'slowness' genes will be unaffected either way, so no evolutionary pressure will be exerted. However, if drivers were to be awarded prizes for killing slow youngsters, then that would definitely exert an evolutionary pressure. (Some speculate that this is happening in London already, where lorry drivers are being given Tesco club card points for 'doing' cyclists). Drivers with fast reaction times would prosper (thereby securing more mates, in the biological sense) and sloth-like younger people would be eliminated from the gene pool, along with doddery old people, thereby reducing competition (with the viable) for resources anyway. Win-win, really. Unless one is a dawdler.
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