Hey, I'm not wrong. I'm just not completely right.
Posted 11 June 2013 - 02:39 AM
Zaphod222, on 11 June 2013 - 02:09 AM, said:
Oh yes, they do. But modern society has changed the parameters radically, so evolution does not take its normal course any more.
If you think that a higher IQ gets rewarded in an evolutionary sense (i.e. by more offspring), just look around you.
I have to agree that the people having the most offspring are the most ignorant, and the most religious people.
The children in the West generally all survive, but if you only have 2 with a 99.9% chance of survival to adulthood, those with 8 kids with a 25% mortality rate are still going to have 6 kids survive to adulthood. The health of these people does not really matter, because as long as a person lives to an age to reproduce, they are being biologically successful.
So those religious people in the US that have large families are probably going to eventually control a larger part of the economy and politics. So, in that way they will be more successful as a group also.
Here at Intel we make processors on 12 inch wafers. And, the individual processors on the wafers are called die. And, I am employed to check these die. That is why I am the DieChecker.
At times one remains faithful to a cause only because its opponents do not cease to be insipid. - Friedrich Nietzsche
Qualifications? This is cryptozoology, dammit! All that is required is the spirit of adventure. - Night Walker
Well this could very well happen. But I have noticed some changes in the younger people, early twentieish to children mostly. Chins are getting smaller and many of them have chubby elbow areas kind of like a babies even if the person is skinny!
Interesting, from the wiki article, an entry I could have wrote;
"Harvard psychologist Deirdre Barrett argues that supernormal stimulation govern the behavior of humans as powerfully as that of animals. In her 2010 book, Supernormal Stimuli: How Primal Urges Overran Their Evolutionary Purpose, she examines the impact of supernormal stimuli on the diversion of impulses for nurturing, sexuality, romance, territoriality, defense, and the entertainment industry’s hijacking of our social instincts. In the earlier book, Waistland, she explains junk food as an exaggerated stimulus to cravings for salt, sugar, and fats and television as an exaggeration of social cues of laughter, smiling faces and attention-grabbing action."
With more and reality tv shows coming online every year, celebrating the cult of personality, I have no expectations we will be around in another 100,000 years. Not without encouraging eugenics again.
Cheers Id forgotten all about that, but I think its more of an abstract image than a depiction of someone real !! Maybe an animal/woman type of thing?
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