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fp
17-10-2006, 21:44:05
Episode number 3891289: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6057734.stm

What a total crock of shit.

Incidentally, this is also episode number 732843 in the "Embarrassingly poor standard of BBC journalism" series.

The only redeeming quality of the article is that it reminded me of a good bit of Bill Bailey's stand up, where he jokes about people evolving to have one huge tray like hand to hold take-away curry and a tongue the size of naan bread to gobble it up in one easy motion.

Beta1
17-10-2006, 21:46:14
already happened, I teach a fair number of them

Qaj the Fuzzy Love Worm
17-10-2006, 22:18:56
Wow, that's a hugely lame article, especially given the much more likely scenario of humans being able to redesign their own genome long before 1000 years is up.

Cruddy
17-10-2006, 22:32:12
It's incredibly lame... considering it's what the theme of HG Wells The Time Machine was all about.

He's also overlooked the fact that tall people have more spontaneous brain damage due to bumping their head.

Immortal Wombat
18-10-2006, 02:39:13
Originally posted by Qaj the Fuzzy Love Worm
Wow, that's a hugely lame article, especially given the much more likely scenario of humans being able to redesign their own genome long before 1000 years is up.
We will, of course, make sure that the proles can't afford the procedure.

The Mad Monk
18-10-2006, 05:27:20
I thought this was going to be about String Theory. :(

Funko
18-10-2006, 08:18:19
Science news coverage is at best poor in most if not all non-specialist media.

fp
18-10-2006, 08:20:13
A feature column in today Times on the same subject: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,1062-2408852,00.html

Once that was one of the world's top newspapers. :(

Kitsuki
18-10-2006, 08:23:22
:lol:

Funko
18-10-2006, 08:24:33
Nice excuse for a rant.

Kitsuki
18-10-2006, 08:25:38
The main course for despair about the human race is that this story was actually reported...

Funko
18-10-2006, 08:26:20
Mmmm. What's for dessert?

Kitsuki
18-10-2006, 08:29:23
You getting bitchslapped.

Gary
18-10-2006, 09:10:53
Let's try a 2nd time since the damn window closed without obvious reason just to lose what I'd typed :mad:

I'm unsure where he gets this from. He seems to suggest there will be 2 contrary mechanisms going on, which in my view is unlikely. The human race has already split into different races, because, I believe, of different preferences in physical appearance in a sexual partner. And he suggests that split will go, and yet at the same time there will be another split forming 2 groups, one short/stocky/dim, and the other tall/lean/bright ? Oh brave new world that only has 2 such groups.

Where does he think the driver is for this ? Does he really think that any underclass don't eventually revolt anyway ?

Weird.

Gary
18-10-2006, 09:16:47
I think you are being a bit hard on the BBC. As far as I can see, they are just reporting an interest story without judgement.

If you are one of the cognitive elite then you ought to be able to decide for yourself on the theory's merit. ;)

If you want to have a go at someone, maybe Bravo is the better target ? But my guess is that it's the sort of stuff that goes down well on "Men's TV".

Funko
18-10-2006, 09:48:42
Why is it of interest that one scientist is trying to boost his profile with some bullshit story? The BBC (and a lot of the media) tend to only post the 'science' stories that I like to think of as "grant renewal time publicity booster" stories. It's especially bad because there are so many genuine big science stories that could be reported

eg. Breaking news on New Scientist site:

Experimental malaria vaccine shows huge promise
A review of experimental malaria vaccines finds one good enough to "justify speedy progress towards licensing for routine use" against the global killer

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn10318-experimental-malaria-vaccine-shows-huge-promise.html

JM^3
18-10-2006, 09:48:43
There are a whole lot of not bright chicks who get by on their looks (probably men also). And attractive and nerd don't often go together..

JM

Fistandantilus
18-10-2006, 09:52:39
Originally posted by Funko
Why is it of interest that one scientist is trying to boost his profile with some bullshit story? The BBC (and a lot of the media) tend to only post the 'science' stories that I like to think of as "grant renewal time publicity booster" stories. It's especially bad because there are so many genuine big science stories that could be reported

eg. Breaking news on New Scientist site:

Experimental malaria vaccine shows huge promise
A review of experimental malaria vaccines finds one good enough to "justify speedy progress towards licensing for routine use" against the global killer

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn10318-experimental-malaria-vaccine-shows-huge-promise.html

Yah, but that's a boring story, the one in the op that separates Drekkus from mr_G is an exciting one instead.

mr_G
18-10-2006, 09:56:08
we can't be seperated
we balance the world laaik ying and yang.

King_Ghidra
18-10-2006, 09:58:26
To paraphrase the popular George Bernard Shaw and Isadora Duncan conversation:

Duncan suggested that she and Shaw should have a child together. "Think of it!" she said, "With your brains and my body, what a wonder it would be." Shaw thought for a moment and replied, "Yes, but what if it had my body and your brains?"

Funko
18-10-2006, 10:07:21
And to paraphrase the bit one of the guys off The Mary Whitehouse Experience added to the end of that conversation in a sketch:

"Dammit, I just blew a guaranteed shag!"

Caligastia
18-10-2006, 14:02:04
Wow, that's a pretty embarrassing story from the BBC. They appear to be delving into tabloid territory with that one.

Lurker
18-10-2006, 14:13:25
Pert breasts are good.