Re: Is Eugenics Really A Bad Thing?

From: Zero Powers (
Date: Sun Jul 02 2000 - 14:08:06 MDT

>From: Timothy Bates <>

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

> > Tallness is valuable from a military and aesthetic perspective. Most
> > females are more drawn to tall ("dark and handsome" too) males than they
> > 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
> > have been largely rendered irrelenant.


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

Perhaps if "taller" always and unequivocally equalled "better." But
obviously there comes a point (or a height) where taller is not better.
Life would be pretty miserable for a half-mile high person, and there would
be *very* little evolutionary pressure for that line of persons to continue
to grow taller.

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

Perhaps relatively speaking we can't all be tall, but we could all avoid
being short which, I believe, is the point.


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