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Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsBiology · 6 months ago

Can human evolution be controlled? Like we selectively breed based on how we want humans to be in the future?

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  • Anonymous
    6 months ago
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    In the 20th century Eugenics was the belief that by selective breeding we could control the quality of the human race. By either discouraging (negative eugenics) people who did not posess the ideal qualities from reproducing, or encouraging (positive eugenics) people who did posess ideal qualities from breeding, some believed that the human race could be improved. This theory fell by the wayside, due to the atrocities of the Nazi regime. Modern Eugenics focuses on things such asbirth control, genetic screening, genetic engineering and prenatal screening, to name a few. I'm sure you've heard of "designer babies." The idea is that through medical procedures done before fertilization, parents can pick and choose certain traits that they want their child to posess -even the sex of the baby! This is a moral debate. Some believe we are trying to play God, and we should leave well enough alone, while others believe that there is nothing wrong with a little improvement on an already amazing creature. It's up to you to decide where you stand. I hope this helps!

  • JASON
    Lv 5
    6 months ago

    Good question Dr Mengele.

  • 6 months ago

    It could be. The process is called eugenics. But Hitler and the Nazis gave eugenics a bad name, so it is not practiced anywhere I know of.

  • 6 months ago

    I would say we are already doing it to a minor extent. It isn't purposeful but it is happening. We could breed ourselves, definitely, but whether that would lead to evolution (which requires availability of genetic options to choose from) is a separate discussion. We cannot evolve into something for which there is no existing genetic possibility. That could be introduced by us humans, although we are not there yet, or it could arise by chance (the usual way), but life cannot become something until it possesses that capacity to begin with.

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  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    To a very limited extent, provided people would be willing to mate with whoever the project indicates, and to not make babies whenever the government tells them to.

    The nazis tried it in their "lebensborn" project, but it failed miserably to produce "superior" babies [though it did produce Anni-Frid Lyngstad]. A few years later scientists figured out why: human genetics come in bundles called chromosomes, and if a combination of genes is found on one pair (a pair consists of one chromosome from your mother, and one from your father) , you have no way to pass on more than one chromosome of that pair to the same child of yours

  • geezer
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    .. and then what do we do with the ones we don't want ?

    Do we do what Hitler did

    .. or do we just steralise the ones who don't fit the criteria so that they cannot reproduce ?

  • martin
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    There's no government strong and controlling enough to force people to have children only the way the politicians want. People must have human rights, maybe not as much as America's Bill of Rights, but at a very minimum, the right to choose a mate and decide when to have a family.

  • 6 months ago

    Well, Hitler once thought that myth to be the case, Light hair and complexion, other than dark eye, thought to be more intelligent and superior race. Why he thought Jews should be exterminated.

    Turns out that is not the case at all.

    Take in the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie 'Twins', where Danny DeVito was his twin.

    Fantasy albeit, but proves this point,,it doesn't work well.

  • oikoσ
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    That's called eugenics. It doesn't work very well.

  • 6 months ago

    We've been doing that almost as long as humans have been able to rationalize

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