It’s a pretty bold statement, I know, but human evolution (if there were such a thing) has reached its peak. We can no longer change into anything else or add improved functionality to our existing form. We will forever walk on two legs, with two arms, eyes, ears, a nose, and a mouth. Pretty boring huh? How did I come to this conclusion? Observation on human pride. We simply will not allow it to happen.
In a recent article in The Telegraph, it was reported that an eight-limbed girl in India had the extra peripheral appendages removed, a surgery that took thirty doctors almost forty hours to complete.
My question is, was this a deformity, or possibly the next step in human evolution? I would have to agree with the second option here.
This looks to me like an attempt at the human genome trying to create a more productive homosapien. With a couple extra arms, imagine how productive we could be? I could work with one keyboard while writing a novel on a separate one. Or imagine what it could mean for manufacturers with assembly line workers. They could cut their workforce while increasing production. A hair stylist could work on multiple clients and a surgeon could hold the clamp while making the incision. Accountants could count beans and rice at the same time.
Unfortunately for the rest of us, a group of surgeons destroyed this link to the next human super-species. The doctors came up with an awful sounding diagnosis, stating that the extra limbs were the result of a “headless parasitic twin.” Poor Lakshmi Tatma, denied greatness because scientist and possibly government were afraid this new breed of humans would take over as the dominant species of future generations.
What new discoveries and accomplishments could have been made by these new eight-limbed humans? The world will never know. We’re too afraid of anything different than our “norm” to allow another evolutionary step to occur. And on a side note, this is why Indian doctors are better than most American doctors: they have much cooler stuff to work on (maybe it’s because a billion people live there).
- chris mooney