After reading the book that was the “Evolution versus Intelligent Design” Post yesterday (or did it start several days ago), all kinds of new questions came to mind. If you’ll allow me, here is one in several parts.
There are 6,450,000,000 of us humans on earth right now. There have been at least that many who have already come and gone. Maybe a lot more. We are supposedly the most advanced species. Under theories of evolution, we should be seeing various kinds of mutations that would result in better humans, who would generally take over for the lesser humans. Ultimately, there would be some new species, identifiable as such, that would be a super human, I suppose.
If those postulates are reasonable interpretations of current thought, I wonder why we don’t see aberrational humans on even minor skill sets. For instance, we don’t have any 100 m dash folks beating the record by a full second, or milers taking the best mile down by 20 seconds. The new bests are always only fractions of seconds better than the last. I don’t personally follow every sport and every record in all sports, but I can’t recall ever having seen someone completely devastate an old record.
This lack of mutation seems to be true across all aspects of our human capabilities. No big brain that eclipses the talent by a huge gap, no musician who can play a song so much better than another that it just changes everything, no writer who just sways people so easily that everyone else runs and hides.
Why do you suppose this is? I know we have our prodigies, but I don’t recall any that would fit the bill like a calf being born with a leg out of its back.
A similar question is why don’t we humans use the techniques of animal husbandry to develop super humans. We do it for dogs, horses, chickens, cows, etc. Why aren’t we trying to mate really outstanding athletes with other outstanding athletes over several generations to come up with a breakthrough.
I’m not suggesting the opposite, eugenics, or the idea of keeping the less successful from having any or many kids, but surely there can be no ethical reason why we don’t try to develop super brains or super athletes. In fact, one would think that we would naturally do so. But it seems that our progress as humans (such as it is) comes from better engineering (better food, medicine, housing, etc.) than it does from a better gene pool.