Re: Further Evolution beyond the Human?

David L Evens (
10 Oct 1996 22:55:32 GMT wrote:
: Adam Hibbert ( wrote:

: : Evolution ain't finished out there in the Naturally-determined world
: : (wherever that might be these days), but when was the last time *you*
: : assessed a mate on his/her apparent reproductive potential? Humans aren't
: : evolving genetically because we have all latched on to a much faster and
: : more competitive level of evolution; cultural-scientific evolution. Genes
: : are just not an issue. There is *no* systematic pressure on a gene strain
: : from reproductive competition in human culture.

: Unless blatant stupidity is something that can (or can't) be weeded out
: of the gene pool. What springs immediately to mind: the kids that died
: whilst they imitated a scene in some movie (it might have been called
: "The Program") wherein characters in the movie lay along the center-line
: of a busy high-speed roadway for some sort of kicks. The stupidity of
: such actions ensured that neither their specific arrangements of genes,
: nor their specific arrangements of memes (if it were their memes that
: made them so foolish), would get passed on to any children they might
: have had.

As Heinlein said: "Stupidity is a capital offense."

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