Thursday, 25 October 2007

Eloi and Morlocks

Yes, it's true, everybody. Our worst fears are to be realised. In 100,000 years' time there will be two races of human beings on planet earth, just like H. G. Wells predicted.

Well, this is according to "evolutionary theorist" Oliver Curry at LSE, anyway. Apparently, people will become "choosier" in their sexual partners in the next 1,000 years, which will result in a super-race of beautiful, intelligent 'Eloi' becoming separated from the goblin-like race of 'Morlocks', as the ugly stupid people are taken out of the gene pool and forced by circumstance to mate with each other.

Utter nonsense, of course. Since when have human beings ever not been choosy about who they mate with? (Some are choosier than others - but won't that always be so?) What I like, though, is that it so obviously reflects the subconscious desires of the author, according to whom "Women will develop lighter, smooth, hairless skin, large clear eyes, pert breasts, glossy hair and even features." Phwaor, eh guys? Too bad we won't be around in 100,000 years to appreciate it.

But don't fear, ladies. There's good news for you too. (At least, those of you who end up being Eloi.) Men will "exhibit symmetrical facial features, look athletic, and have squarer jaws, deeper voices, and bigger penises."

We still won't be able to remember to put the toilet seat down, though.

Here's an artist's representation of what we'll all look like in a thousand centuries:

Is it just me, or does this sound like the pipe dream of a mindless snob? "Never mind, in the future, us intelligent beautiful people won't even have to associate with the proles at all!" And you thought Social Darwinism and Eugenics had gone the way of the Dodo.

1 comment:

zero_zero_one said...

Admit it, you're just worried that your descendants will tend towards the dwarf-slave camp...

Given that we (as a species) have been completely wrong in earlier estimations of how technology would develop (and in particular the rate of technological advances) I wonder how the researcher can say any of these things with a degree of certainty (let alone a straight face).

And I wonder, given that this "research" was done for the TV channel Bravo, how seriously we are supposed to take his predictions...