Enforcing "Equality" in Space
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Author:  RobertPearson [ Mon Sep 29, 2014 10:13 am ]
Post subject:  Enforcing "Equality" in Space

Read the whole thing; it's brief. I'm 99% sure the Heinleinian references are not coincidence...the last line is the kicker.

But what about the future? One generally assumes that space colonists, assuming that there ever are any, will be picked individuals, somewhat like existing astronauts – the best out of hordes of applicants. They’ll be smarter than average, healthier than average, saner than average – and not by just a little.

Since all these traits are significantly heritable, some highly so, we have to expect that their descendants will be different – different above the neck. They’d likely be, on average, smarter than any existing ethnic group. If a Lunar colony really took off, early colonists might account for a disproportionate fraction of the population (just as Puritans do in the US), and the Loonies might continue to have inordinate amounts of the right stuff indefinitely. They’d notice: we’d notice. We’d worry about the Lunar Peril. They’d sneer at deluded groundlings, and talk about the menace from Earth.

Author:  sakeneko [ Mon Sep 29, 2014 8:04 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Enforcing "Equality" in Space

Only 99% sure? ;)

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