The secret to having a successful blog is to focus on one specific subject in order to find a captive niche. Alas, since I am more fox than hedgehog, I write about all kinds of stuff, and not with particular originality or a consistent ideology either, this blog seems to be condemned to irrelevance. But since I am not being paid to do it either way, I might as well go on.

Today what called my attention was a mad scientist who wants to clone a Neanderthal. He says he already has the genetic material, all he needs is a “willing woman” to be the surrogate mother.

To be honest, I find the idea shocking and at the same time fascinating, but not very ethical, particularly to the poor Neanderthal. Where would he fit in today’s crazy society? Still, the good scientist says that he considers creating not only one specimen, but perhaps even a whole new race of cavemen:

“When the time comes to deal with an epidemic or getting off the planet or whatever, it’s conceivable that their way of thinking could be beneficial. They could maybe even create a new neo-Neanderthal culture and become a political force. The main goal is to increase diversity. The one thing that is bad for society is low diversity.”

That seems a pretty odd comment. When Stalin tried to cried an army of hybrid ape-men, he was not thinking about “diversity”. Yes, the plan failed and was harebrained (apebrained?) to start with, but, still, there was a military idea behind it, which made some sense in the context of the Cold War.

Today, no scientist would be crazy to mention that his objective is the creation of a super-army: pacifists and human rights organizations would end his career in no time. But see that our scientist mentioned that his goal was to “increase diversity”, and voilà, I don’t doubt that he might even get funding from the appropriate sponsors.

It seems that today, anything that increases diversity is seen as good, even if it’s a diversity of Neanderthals. Then again, since according to recent research a large part of humanity still has Neanderthal genes, this might not even be something completely new.

However, I still think that the scientist should try to focus on more useful and practical research, such as cloning dinosaurs for amusement parks.

Next: affirmative action for the Neanderthal?

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