Saturday, October 27, 2007

Idiot Alert

The human race will one day split into two separate species, an attractive, intelligent ruling elite and an underclass of dim-witted, ugly goblin-like creatures, according to a top scientist.

100,000 years into the future, sexual selection could mean that two distinct breeds of human will have developed.

The alarming prediction comes from evolutionary theorist Oliver Curry from the London School of Economics, who says that the human race will have reached its physical peak by the year 3000. [link]

Already we see it happening don't we... heh. I see tons of 'not-so beautiful' people married or dating (or just having sex, although I don't actually 'see' that), heck I was married and have a child (making sure my DNA makes it to the next round).

Of course, a lot can happen in the next 100k years, but leave it to a scientist to tell you he knows what will happen based on... well gut-feelings I'd guess.

I agree on some of the things he says (skin color will be a thing of the past one day, as inter-marriage, inter-sex and so forth will blur melanin lines) but to think that the human race will split into two 'distinct' species is sheer folly. Of course evolution is all about species evolving into other (completely different) species and so far, we havn't exactly found any that did that (yes there is much postulation that it has happened, but it's theoritical).

"Physical features will be driven by indicators of health, youth and fertility that men and women have evolved to look for in potential mates," says the report, which suggests that advances in cosmetic surgery and other body modifying techniques will effectively homogenise our appearance.

Men will have symmetrical facial features, deeper voices and bigger penises, according to Curry in a report commissioned for men's satellite TV channel Bravo.

It is ironic that cosmetic surgery is used as one of the indicators. Unless the good people at Bravo don't realize this, cosmetic surgery doesn't alter DNA, it is merely ... um... cosmetic.

And sad to say, some of today's metro-sexual men will be out of luck in the year 3000 as traditional men come to the fore (after cosmetic surgery of course). heh


James Higham said...

Don't trust anything that comes out of the LSE.

Colin Campbell said...

Just ignore James. I think that this will happen a bit quicker than that. The reality is that it is already in place with the huge diversity in the world already.

Lord Nazh said...

Why ignore James, I don't trust the LSE anyway :)

You do realize that diversity is the anti-thesis to his argument for 2 species of humans?

(it will help the melanin-content part though)

Ruthie said...

UM... was the scientist here reading too many fantasy novels?

Seriously, what an absurd thing.

I do think it's fair to say that in a few centuries most of us will be a lovely shade of caramel.

Lord Nazh said...

True Ruthie, I agreed with him on that point.

Our children's children's children's children (or somewhere along there) will probably not realize that we once called people with differing colors other 'races' :)

Anonymous said...

The "scientist" in question isn't a scientist at all -- according to his website, his PhD is in political philosophy. That would account for his idiotic remarks. The idea that everyone will be "coffee coloured" is laughable --- societies like Brazil where people of different "races" have intermingled for centuries show no tendency to a single skin tone. Furthermore, the time-frame for the "forecast" is far, far to short to ever allow *any* of the radical changes in human appearance he expects. The man is a buffoon.


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