Wow. Most of the people who have posted in this thread I couldn't disagree more with.
Quest, I hope yours was meant to be funny, like, hypothetical what ifs and craziness.
Muppet, that was awesome
DaRAGE, wow, have you noticed why there's so many fitness and anti-obesity things lately? Because we're all so damned fat! Humans aren't getting
fitter and healthier, my lord no. In America, something like 3 in 4 is terribly obese. They don't want to exercise, because they once tried something
for a week that didn't work out and they're lazy, they don't want to eat better, they just want to pop a pill and lose the pounds, or get the lypo.
If the world had no lyposuction or women's magazines that are filled with weight loss ads, then most of the fatties out there would die of heart
failure and we'd be rid of the problem. It is because people are tricked into thinking that obesity is like a thing that you can hit a button and end
that they allow themselves to become it. I'm not saying that the computer/tv/console gaming obsession of the times has nothing to do with it, but
perhaps if kids were raised knowing that they are literally destroying themselves, and it isn't like bad hair that you can get recut, they would turn
out better... Wow, that turned into a 'fat' rant.
Anyway, people here seem to be under the impression that we evolve to whatever seems cooler, or appears to be an advantage. We seem to think that
naturally, since humans do a certain thing, they'll evolve to make that easier. But evolution doesn't work that way. Unlike what Quest said about
things being foretellable if everything was known in a system, genetic mutations involve out-of-system modifications and a certain very random element
- people can only evolve to make a task easier if more than one person mutates a way that manages to do that - and they won't particularly. Sure, if
we do a task for long enough, the odds stack that we will improve at it because there will be mutations that aid it. That doesn't make it any sort of
a guarantee, or even a particular likeliness.
Lastly, stupidity isn't a future likeliness, intelligence is. Schools may not be in the greatest state, but what is at present grade 8 knowledge used
to be first year university. Witht the advent of the net, you can basically take university in High School. People now have massively larger amounts
of information stored in their brain, and they aren't even aware of it. Ever wonder how you manage to navigate your way seamlessly through 30
different maps in each of the 15-20 video games you have? You've got the equivalent of a whole giant city mapped in your head, and that's just the
average child. We also remember where things are on the internet, learn quicker, and have a hand/eye coordination that is shock and awe. Not to
mention sociability, kids age 6 have full MSN lists, it has changed the face of social life.
I really don't think a lot of people here thought out their ideas on rising stupidity, a healthier world, and lipless earth. Gwah..