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In the old days you married whoever was nearby and willing. Today you have a greater chance of marrying someone who shares common traits. I wonder how this selective breeding will shape humans of the future.

We're already seeing this to some degree. Athletes often have parents who are both athletes. And geniuses generally have two parents that were inclined in that direction. IQ and athleticism are two obvious categories, but I wonder what other, less heralded traits will get exaggerated in the generations to come.

For example, religious people will continue mating with religious people, and atheists will seek out other atheists. By default, that leaves the agnostics to mate with each other. Will this group create babies who have an unusually hard time making decisions? Or on the positive side, will that group be unusually open-minded?

People who enjoy wine tasting are finding each other, and often mating, in numbers that never would have happened a hundred years ago. I assume this group has a more refined sense of taste and smell than the average person. Will they create babies with super senses?

I started thinking about this after reading an article about one researcher's hypothesis about the increase in autism rates. I stress that I don't think his hypothesis will pan out, but his line of thinking is fascinating. He noted that children of engineers are somewhat more likely to be autistic, and then observed that because there are more women in high tech jobs, you have more kids spawned from techie couples. Again, I don't think this link to autism will hold up to testing, but the line of thinking is interesting.

What other traits do you think will become exaggerated in the future?

 
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Sep 18, 2009
Namenotavailable: Obviously Dilbert fans will mate more with other Dilbert fans,

I think that dogberts long term world conquest plan...

Interesting point though, What if one group with sociaty decided to rise up and take control, There must be millions of Dilbert Fans,
 
 
Sep 18, 2009
Namenotavailable: Obviously Dilbert fans will mate more with other Dilbert fans,

I think that dogberts long term world conquest plan...

Interesting point though, What if one group with sociaty decided to rise up and take control, There must be millions of Dilbert Fans,
 
 
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Sep 18, 2009
As Gay Marriage becomes legally recognized, homosexuals will breed like rabbits creating a huge super-gay population.

They will eventually organize to take over and re-decorate California.
 
 
Sep 18, 2009
There is a thin line between genius and insanity. The product of two genius parents is as likely to be insane as he/she is likely to be a genius. Turn it around as you will, the world will balance itself.
 
 
Sep 18, 2009
In the past the weak and deformed were ostracized or worse. Our accomodating all inclusive by legislation society will be our downfall by promoting the survival of the weakest until we all wither from not selectively breeding the best genes.
 
 
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Sep 18, 2009
I am always confused by the <a href="http://youtube.com/">Youtube</a> stupidity gene. But then maybe I'm too stupid and just dont get it?
 
 
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Sep 17, 2009
Won't we all just end up mating with whomever we are pre-determined to mate with, via unremembered choices made possibly eons ago, or from an array written into a mating sub-routine?
 
 
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Sep 17, 2009
Hmmm.

I see lots of athletes who're fit, strong and athletic, but have heads like dropped piea and are as sharp as a sack full of bowling balls, mating with models, who're pretty, skinny and as sharp as a sack full of bowling balls.

I'm not sure what character trait will be enhanced but it's a fair bet none of their offspring will win a nobel prize.
 
 
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Sep 17, 2009
by this logic, the gay population should cease in a couple of generations...doesn't seem like that is happening?
 
 
Sep 17, 2009
Ideally, Youtubers would mate with each other, continuing to produce offspring with continually lowering IQ's. Eventually, the rest of society would become allied against their nonsensically harsh comments and maroon them on an island with only one computer. Thus, when surrounded by others like them, they would eventually learn three important things:

1) That being an butt-hole online isn't worth the time when you could instead be picking berries or humping.
2) That exclaiming, "wtf, yur so gay" at every opportunity loses it's natural allure over time.
3) That typing with your head in your butt isn't visually pleasing to others.
 
 
Sep 17, 2009
In regards to the other comments, I've always wondered why the word "Eugenics" triggers such a massive response.

If medical science can keep someone alive who would have died X years ago that is fantastic, but the cold truth of the matter is if they have a proven hereditary disease then you "shouldn't" pass them on for the greater good.
Am I the only one that thinks that eugenics can and should be practised, but just without forciby sterilising people and killing disabled people?

It should be a societal thing, a bit like killing yourself slowly with fatty foods or alcohol, sure your allowed to, but society, in general will look down on it.

I want kids, but If I was told I had a hereditrary disease/s I would rethink that choice. For my childrens benefits.
How long till one of you sue-happy American's sues your parents for giving you a hereditrary disease?


Regarding the intelligence, and all other non physical "positive" traits. Intelligence is a good example. I could be wrong, and probably am, but as one genius said, its 99% hard work, I have the same brain as Einstein, but I haven't done what he has because I haven't used my brain as much as he has. "Hard working" isn't really a trait that is genetic, everyone can motivate themselves to do it, but its not something your born with. On the other side of the coin, which is good to know, "Redneckness" insn't a genetic trait (at least I hope not) it’s a cultural thing. (Whoever came up with the word, congratulations I think you made a new word, put it on urban dictionary quick. )
 
 
Sep 17, 2009
Obviously Dilbert fans will mate more with other Dilbert fans,
 
 
Sep 17, 2009
Hardy–Weinberg principle - I meant those issues have to be addressed individually - not kept out or not kept out - did I mention I fell asleep in Biology? lol
 
 
Sep 17, 2009
I agree with this. In high school we learned about the Hardy–Weinberg principle, which states that

in order to have evolution Not happen, these conditions have to be kept out: non-random mating, mutations, selection, limited population size, random genetic drift and gene flow.

Its useful because its impossible to have all these conditions, therefore evolution IS happening.

I like the wine idea - personally I can't tolerate wine, and I've had a hard time dating guys who drink wine, they love it so much, its a different lifestyle. I have an MD coworker who said (just offhand) that today's general population is different from what it was say 100 years ago because now we ship handicapped, disabled, etc into asylums and hospitals whereas before they would stay around in a small town and continue to breed etc. Today's population is healthier, and yet sicker too. Handicaps that would've been a death sentence or say women who need c-section, or people who need glasses like myself have more of a survival chance today.

I don't buy the brains or income, body type factors though:
brains: a couple could work hard say an MD but by the time they settle down, they're older, and its well known that the child's intelligence declines as the mother waits to have kids, and also they have a 1% intelligence decline for every year after the father is approx 40.
income: numerous studies have shown that you can only keep wealth within the family as long as the maker of the wealth is alive (The millionaire next door)- after that the money gets wasted like there's no tomorrow and the next generation becomes sexy paupers.

I don't know about predicting - would luv to hear these findings - its kind of like globalization - every generation always thinks theirs is the one that will reach across cultures, but in every generation, globalization is achieved, only to be pulled back.
 
 
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Sep 17, 2009
beauty - ugliness
height
rich -poor (though little of this is genetic, the gap will continue to increase due to assortive mating)
Interestingly, one trait that will not become more segregated is skin color.

 
 
Sep 17, 2009
Did you never hear the cliche "opposites attract"? If not just google Paula Abdul... sorry - seriously - just as one stark example - there are books about relationships between men on the autistic spectrum and non-autistic women. The characterization of a woman who would become seriously involved with this type of guy is the opposite of him socially and emotionally. She is characterized as more empathic and nurturing than average, which I've personally witnessed. There is scientific research that strongly suggests there is a set of genes that influences the risk of autistic spectrum disorders. This set of genes may be dominant (like brown eyes over blue ones) and so the characteristics of the women with whom the men on the autistic spectrum have their children may not matter. An aside - I think there is a reason this particular set of genes has survived - it's not so different than the tendency for overly neurotic behavior, or for excessively bold risk-taking behavior (for example) - all types of people are (apparently) useful and have some purpose.
 
 
Sep 17, 2009
Wine tasters breeding will increase the number of people who can taste orange and apple in a glass full of grape juice.
 
 
Sep 17, 2009
One needs only to look at the Kennedy clan to understand the danger of like minds breeding.
 
 
Sep 17, 2009
Genetic tendencies are a crapshoot at the molecular level. The mix of two individuals DNA is so complex, random and unpredictable that no one will ever completely predict the outcome. Antidotal evidence for one situation often offsets another story producing an antithesis. Probably a good thing too, as this hit and miss event produces geniuses. Of course, this unsystematic process creates some miscreants that are a nemesis to the gene pool. Mother nature is wonderfully intricate.
 
 
Sep 17, 2009
I guess I'll never get out of the old days...I'm still after whoever is nearby and willing.
 
 
 
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