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Old 08-18-2008, 10:58 AM
 
Location: New Hampsha
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to get it out, im not looking to debate if evolution is real or not

im going to generalize a lot here so bare with me

typically when a species evolves the group that got the superior traits lives while the group with the flawed traits die. it just so happens to filter out the weak group

is this the same with humans? up to a point it seems this was the case. but now we have created an enviorment where humans with flawed traits still make it through life and breed, has natural selection been disabled?
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Old 08-18-2008, 11:02 AM
 
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Scientists estimate that children's IQs are increasing by 3-4 points a generation.
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Old 08-18-2008, 11:21 AM
 
Location: Whiteville Tennessee
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I think I read recently that because of mixing of races for generations now that within 100 years there will be very few red headed children born that are not Irish. So yes, we are evolving.
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Old 08-18-2008, 11:42 AM
 
Location: Downtown Greensboro, NC
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or it could be the consequnce of alien intervention, altering our DNA.
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Old 08-18-2008, 12:12 PM
 
Location: In the North Idaho woods, still surrounded by terriers
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Humans are growing larger, so are our IQ's, and interbreeding of races will gradually create one race that, hopefully, will get along on this earth! At least I would like to think so . Also, humans are gradually losing their little toes...they are getting smaller and smaller and some babies are being born without them. This is because we are wearing more and more shoes!
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Old 08-18-2008, 01:41 PM
 
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i would actually think we are evolving backwards. it seems to me that people of lower iqs and traits that would make them less able to survive are actually having alot more babies then people with more ideal traits thanks to our great advancements in technology and health care.
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Old 08-18-2008, 01:45 PM
 
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Moved from Religion and Philosophy.
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Old 08-18-2008, 01:49 PM
 
Location: Junius Heights
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i would actually think we are evolving backwards. it seems to me that people of lower iqs and traits that would make them less able to survive are actually having alot more babies then people with more ideal traits thanks to our great advancements in technology and health care.
Have you seen the opening to Idiocracy?
Warning this is from an R rated Comedy

YouTube - the intro to idiocracy
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Old 08-18-2008, 03:52 PM
 
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to get it out, im not looking to debate if evolution is real or not

im going to generalize a lot here so bare with me

typically when a species evolves the group that got the superior traits lives while the group with the flawed traits die. it just so happens to filter out the weak group

is this the same with humans? up to a point it seems this was the case. but now we have created an enviorment where humans with flawed traits still make it through life and breed, has natural selection been disabled?
You can't judge whether or not a trait is flawed from the perspective of evolutionary success by anything more than how many offspring survive and how many of them reproduce. It doesn't matter if they have money or education or big screen TVs and Humvees. What matters is how successful they are at procreation.

The migrant family living in a tarpaper shack with 7 kids and 48 grand kids is more biologically successful than the DINK couple in a 10000 square foot house in Malibu. The latter is an evolutionary dead end and is biologically irrelevant if they don't have kids.
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Old 08-18-2008, 05:37 PM
 
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[quote=sean98125;4905592]You can't judge whether or not a trait is flawed from the perspective of evolutionary success by anything more than how many offspring survive and how many of them reproduce. It doesn't matter if they have money or education or big screen TVs and Humvees. What matters is how successful they are at procreation.

Not really-I see yuppies every day with the 2-3 kids they bought at
various places around the world.
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