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Unread Oct 25th, 2007, 03:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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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.

Race 'ironed out'

But in the nearer future, humans will evolve in 1,000 years into giants between 6ft and 7ft tall, he predicts, while life-spans will have extended to 120 years, Dr Curry claims.

Physical appearance, driven by indicators of health, youth and fertility, will improve, he says, while men will exhibit symmetrical facial features, look athletic, and have squarer jaws, deeper voices and bigger penises.

Women, on the other hand, will develop lighter, smooth, hairless skin, large clear eyes, pert breasts, glossy hair, and even features, he adds. Racial differences will be ironed out by interbreeding, producing a uniform race of coffee-coloured people.

However, Dr Curry warns, in 10,000 years time humans may have paid a genetic price for relying on technology.

Spoiled by gadgets designed to meet their every need, they could come to resemble domesticated animals.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6057734.stm

biggest load of nonsense i've ever read - this guy is no expert in anything - but he's damn funny...
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Unread Oct 25th, 2007, 05:41 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Maybe he has a future writing science fiction novels?


A world of coffee colored people with large penises and pert breasts? Squat goblin creatures? Okay Doc.

Good post PhineasFreak

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Unread Oct 25th, 2007, 05:43 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Do fiction writers have a reputation for predicting accurately our future? I dont know, the notion rings a bell. I think theres been a few freakishly accurate cases; victorian novelists predicting flying carriages and such. But obviously what has passed holds no influence over further predictions if we're talking in terms of probability, and besides, this particular article sounds like an attempt to twist HG Well's educated words into a heap of fascist BS. The future of our species' physical attributes is a far too broad and complex subject to draw a 5 paragraph or so conclusion from. In fact I find that pretty audacious and an insult to readers.

...I personally think that if technology becomes more prevelant (which it almost certainly will do), we will become far weaker and vulnerable to disease but have much more dexterity and an increased ability to multi-task and handle stress.
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Unread Oct 25th, 2007, 06:39 AM   #4 (permalink)
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i remember a while back there were some supposed experts saying that red hair would no longer be around. as if just because it's a recessive gene it would entirely vanish from the population - or as if no redheaded people would reproduce ever...
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the haves and the have nots?
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Sounds like this guy has read to many Isaac Asimov books
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Unread Oct 25th, 2007, 05:13 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I think his vision of the "upper class" is just what he thinks of a perfect pornography.

More seriously though, this almost seems to be somewhat influenced by Nazism, with the "superior race of people over the underclass."
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"humans will evolve in 1,000 years into giants between 6ft and 7ft tall"

1000 years? Riiiight...i already am between 6 and 7 ft tall, as are many other people here.
And how is that a giant?
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6057734.stm

biggest load of nonsense i've ever read - this guy is no expert in anything - but he's damn funny...
he must have been reading 'the new world'
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Anything is possible....

But I doubt it will turn out exactly like that...

I saw a movie once where society was kinda like that.... not so extreme though....

I think it was called Gattaca or something.... pretty cool movie...
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Women, on the other hand, will develop lighter, smooth, hairless skin, large clear eyes, pert breasts, glossy hair, and even features, he adds. Racial differences will be ironed out by interbreeding, producing a uniform race of coffee-coloured people.
So women will look like Anime/Manga characters? Weird!
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So women will look like Anime/Manga characters? Weird!
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