H G Wells may have got it right

And he did it all with brass engines and didn't know jack about DNA. Or maybe he did, because he was rather clever. Anyway, extra extra, mankind to split into two sub-species!

I knew it! You know, on the streets of Nottingham you can kind of see it happening already…

This is a fascinating article about 'predicting evolution', which of course I have reservations about. Evolution is about adapting to the now, and the immediate next generation, so it does of course make massive assumptions about the future. And the scientist in question has not even taken into account the Apocalypse! What about when Intelligent Life from the Sombrero Galaxy invade with galactic missiles and begin to alter our DNA? Eh? A theory is only as strong as its assumptions…

—Mark N

3 comments:

David Barnett said...

The genetic upper class will be increasingly tall, thin, clean, healthy and creative, while the genetic underclass will be short, stocky, asymmetrical, grubby, unhealthy and less intelligent.

Oh dear. I seem to be in the genetic underclass already.

Dave Allen said...

Was all this not the subject of a film some time back, and the main character had to hoover his keyboard free of dead skin or people would find out he had a predeliction for heart trouble, and he fooled all the genetic nazis and so was able to go into space?

-Dave

The Solaris Team said...

That's Gattaca you're thinking of there, Dave. One of the most underrated SF movies of all time IMHO.

Christian