Thursday, January 24, 2013

Frankenstein Neanderthals and Homo Sapiens Guilt

What's the motivation behind re-creating Neanderthals? Could it be guilt for their extinction?

Neanderthals weren't ancestors of humans, and co-existed for a while. Although some humans responded to Neanderthal neighbors by getting their freak on, others responded by getting their eat on. (Sorry for so much technical jargon in a mainstream post. The power of science compels me.)

This strikes me as a feather in evolution's cap. Survival of the fittest writ large! Anyone who feels guilty about surviving isn't very fit for survival, is he?

We don't have to feel guilty about the extinction of Neanderthals. If they were our closest relatives, it makes sense that they were our strongest competition for resources. We survived by killing them, and since evolution reduces the meaning of human existence to being merely survival, then we fulfilled our existence by exterminating them. Re-creating Neanderthals exacerbates what we're told is an over-population problem. It creates new avenues for racism. And it dramatically increases the target audience of "Here Comes Honey Boo-Boo."

NB: The "math" label doubles as a "science" label in a pinch.

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