Monday, October 23, 2006

You'd like a coffee-coloured skin? White or black sir?

I noticed the very interesting story below on a friend's blog (Attie Heunis says). In the article an evolutionary theorist speculates that the human race may split into two genetic classes, an elite class and a dim-witted lower genetic class. He also makes a couple of other predictions. I find the idea of the human race splitting in two over a period of 100 000 years quite viable, given current socio-economic disparities. Who knows, maybe us humans can start caring enough about each other to have the commitment to wipe out poverty and under-development in the next 100-1000 years, in which case we may just avoid this scenario?

In the shorter term he predicts that race will be ironed out through interbreeding creating a 'uniform race of coffee-coloured people'. I find this proposition quite attractive. I wouldn't mind a coffee-coloured skin. You won't have to do all of that sun tanning during summer holidays and will be less likely to burn (if you're a whitey as I am). It does sound quite attractive.

So maybe we, the human race, can avoid splitting in two but succeed in becoming a coffee-coloured single race? Sounds good to me...

I'm assuming that Dr. Curry's referring to the colour of 'white coffee' (with milk), or that of raw ground coffee? If you think about it, 'coffee-coloured' could mean anything from light-brown to pitch black. I suppose if everyone turns out the same colour, it wouldn't really matter which applies. It will become a non-issue. Now that will be truly welcome!

BBC NEWS UK Human species 'may split in two': "Human species 'may split in two'

Humanity may split into an elite and an underclass, says Dr Curry Humanity may split into two sub-species in 100,000 years' time as predicted by HG Wells, an expert has said.

Evolutionary theorist Oliver Curry of the London School of Economics expects a genetic upper class and a dim-witted underclass to emerge. The human race would peak in the year 3000, he said - before a decline due to dependence on technology.

People would become choosier about their sexual partners, causing humanity to divide into sub-species, he added. The descendants of the genetic upper class would be tall, slim, healthy, attractive, intelligent, and creative and a far cry from the 'underclass' humans who would have evolved into dim-witted, ugly, squat goblin-like creatures. "

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