The European Tribune is a forum for thoughtful dialogue of European and international issues. You are invited to post comments and your own articles.
Please REGISTER to post.
It's hardly an original idea. I've wondered about it myself, and I doubt I'm alone in that. Is it possible or likely that modern science and technology have made it possible for members of our species who are less robust from a survivability standpoint -- however you choose to define or measure that -- to survive and propagate, and in doing so move the overall numbers downward?
Purely anecdotal and so conclusive of nothing, I am a walking example of the question. I carry not one but two genetic defects that, probably before the industrial revolution and almost certainly before the agricultural revolution, would have severely curtailed my expected life span. And in so doing, substantially lessened the likelihood that I would have produced offspring, and if I had that I would have lived long enough to ensure that they got a good start in life and so lived to reproduce themselves.
For me the question is not academic. I have wrestled with the ethics of possibly passing on those defects to my two sons. In my case the question is not lessening of intelligence -- we all seem to score a smidge above average on the typical mental aptitude tests -- but on the issue of physical robustness. I wouldn't have made it through adolescence as a paleo bison hunter. Probably not much past it as a neolithic agriculturist. So, am I contributing, not to the dumbing down but maybe to the wimping down, of the human gene pool?
Now where are we going and what's with the handbasket?
by Frank Schnittger - Nov 10 50 comments
by IdiotSavant - Nov 8 14 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Nov 6 33 comments
by Oui - Nov 8 1 comment
by Oui - Nov 4 18 comments
by IdiotSavant - Oct 15 6 comments
by gmoke - Nov 8
by Frank Schnittger - Oct 31 54 comments
by ATinNM - Nov 13
by Oui - Nov 13
by Oui - Nov 124 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Nov 1050 comments
by Oui - Nov 81 comment
by IdiotSavant - Nov 814 comments
by gmoke - Nov 8
by Frank Schnittger - Nov 633 comments
by Oui - Nov 418 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Oct 3154 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Oct 3031 comments
by Oui - Oct 2915 comments
by Oui - Oct 2713 comments
by Cat - Oct 2513 comments
by Oui - Oct 252 comments
by ARGeezer - Oct 2532 comments
by IdiotSavant - Oct 2520 comments
by Oui - Oct 24136 comments
by Oui - Oct 236 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Oct 2235 comments