Will class split humanity into two species?


The Time Machine, movie posterFrom British daily The Daily Mail:

Social division might split humans into two sub-species 100,000 years from now – just as HG Wells predicted.

The descendants of the genetic upper class would be tall, slim, healthy, attractive, intelligent, and creative.

They would be a far cry from the “underclass” humans who will have evolved into dim-witted, ugly, squat goblin-like creatures.

The forecast was made by evolution expert Dr Oliver Curry, who spent two months investigating the ascent and descent of man over the next 100 millennia.

Novelist HG Wells predicted a similar gloomy outcome for humanity in The Time Machine.

He envisaged a race of privileged beings, the Eloi, who lived above ground and were prey for the cannibalistic ape-like Morlocks, who toiled underground.

Humanity may split into two sub-species in 100,000 years’ time as predicted by HG Wells, an expert has said. Evolutionary theorist Oliver Curry of the London School of Economics expects a genetic upper class and a dim-witted underclass to emerge: here.

A critical view of this: here.

I remember about twenty years ago both moderate social democrats and conservatives pooh-poohing such predictions: class was supposed to be a thing of the past, or, to the extent that it still existed, governments like Willy Brandt’s in Germany, or Thatcher’s in Britain, were working very hard dealing it the final blow …

This, now, sounds very differently.

Unless a social revolution will come, it is to be feared that dystopias like by Wells or Curry are not that impossible.

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