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    A human sub-species
    An excerpt from an older, but still intriguing, article about what may happen to the human race in 1,000 years.

    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.

    Social skills, such as communicating and interacting with others, could be lost, along with emotions such as love, sympathy, trust and respect. People would become less able to care for others, or perform in teams.

    It's certainly within the real of possibility that in another 1,000 years the human race will have naturally divided itself in to a two very different (and possibly unrecognizable) forms. However, the article talks briefly about the human race's dependency on technology which could serve as a catalyst for this division. Couldn't it also be argued that this separation has already begun because some people have yet to adapt and grow with the progress of technology?

    Here's a link to the full article.

    Tue, Jan 8, 2008  Permanent link

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    aeonbeat     Wed, Jan 9, 2008  Permanent link
    3LSZVJA9     Wed, Jan 9, 2008  Permanent link
    Not so crazy.
    AtomLittle     Thu, Jan 10, 2008  Permanent link
    You could make a case that the separation began a loooooooong time ago with the origin of money. Even in it's primitive forms wealth divided humans into upper and lower classes. However, I tend to look at technology as the great equalizer. With the explosion of the Internet even the underprivileged have unprecedented access to the world's knowledge and information.

    So if anything I think the size of the upper class, in the context of this article at least, will only get larger as more and more people obtain access to computers and the Internet. That means that the size of the "underclass" would inevitably decrease and eventually only consist of humans who have extremely limited or no access to technology. At that point the underclass could possibly become small enough to where they would die out or be assimilated into the upper class before any division in our species could occur.
    3LSZVJA9     Thu, Jan 10, 2008  Permanent link
    What about food and housing?