Coolfusis: Actually, I think a Neanderthal would perform fairly well in our society. Evidence suggests that they're faster, stronger, and just as intelligent (If not moreso) as modern humans. It's been awhile, but I remember one of my biology professors talking about our distinct advantage being a longer development time, which forced community-building and education.
Pocket Ninja: Oh, look. The E.coli thing again. Ha ha ha, let's point and laugh at the silly conservative politician because he asked if some scientist's Frankenstonian experiments in evolving a race of super E.coli hadn't caused unexpected mutations. Ha ha ha, so funny.Here's the thing, evolutionistas. Either you accept evolution, or you don't, mmmkay? If you accept evolution, then you accept that all cells are constantly in a state of flux, as it were, evolving into some future evolution along the evolutionary ladder. Or slope, as it were. Very slippery slope. After all, it's a popular notion that "humans evolved from apes." But from where did those apes evolve, hm? Don't know? Look to your own theories! Remember, Adam and Eve never existed. All life started as single cell micro-organisms swimming about in the oceans. And somehow *those* evolved into people, right? Neanderthals, too.And so why *couldn't* an E.coli virus evolve into a human? Who's to say that, a million bajillion years from now or however long you want to pretend the earth is old, E.coli doesn't itself evolve into a person? Particularly if that E.coli had at some point in its generational evolution infected a human -- because then there would be humanistic DNA in its DNA, which could cause mutations that would bring more human genes to the forefront. From the E.coli would begin to emerge some new form of human, an E.human, and like modern humans did with the Neanderthals, perhaps these new E.humans will push "regular" humans into obsolescence and oblivion. And perhaps it would only be by pairing our current human DNA with Neanderthal DNA -- by merging our strength with the strength of our ancestors -- that we might ourselves evolve a race of Neandohumans who could stand up to the E.humans and preserve our race.Still laughing, subby? I'm sure as hell not.
madgonad: Or perhaps we would be totally surprised and the Neanderthal would grow up to be a Rhodes Scholar and write papers on chauvinism based upon species.
Pocket Ninja: From the E.coli would begin to emerge some new form of human, an E.human, and like modern humans did with the Neanderthals, perhaps these new E.humans will push "regular" humans into obsolescence and oblivion.
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