Re: Is Eugenics Really A Bad Thing?

From: Timothy Bates (
Date: Sat Jul 01 2000 - 20:30:20 MDT

On 7/2/00 11:08 AM, "Zero Powers" <> wrote:

>> From: Carl de Visser <>
>>> The perfect human would be:
>>> -strong
>>> -tall
>> Where do you get tall from? Being tall myself I appreciate the compliment,
>> but why is tall useful? Not good for space travel, for that matter it
>> keeps air travel expensive.
> Tallness is valuable from a military and aesthetic perspective. Most
> females are more drawn to tall ("dark and handsome" too) males than they are
> to shorter males. To them it probably just looks better. But
> evolutionarily speaking a tall man would probably have been a better
> defender of hearth and home than a short guy. Millions of years of
> evolutionary training is hard to ignore, even when the lessons it teaches
> have been largely rendered irrelenant.

Ummm ... Read Richard Dawkins about the "tall" arms race.

Tall is not a quantity, it is a relative quantity: taller than your

If the perfect human is tall ("because he gets the girls"), you will rapidly
have half-mile high humans.

Life is trade offs. We cannot, logically, all be tall. Therefore, we cannot
be "perfect".

Day was departing, and the darkening air
Called all earth's creatures to their evening quiet
While I alone was preparing as though for war...
     -- The Inferno of Dante, Canto II

Dr Timothy Bates
Dept Psychology
Macquarie University
Sydney NSW 2109

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