Martian human species
kinman at HOTMAIL.COM
Tue Sep 28 13:17:19 CDT 1999
>One is jumping the gun a bit about making Mars man a new species. Whether
>or not, when and if humankind establishes a population on Mars becomes a
>new species, will depend on the degree of gene flow between Earth and
Mars mankind evolving as a new species was just a hypothetical
"creation" or example to help illustrate how cladists and eclecticists
differ in their classificatory and philosophical approaches. With a mobile
species like Homo sapiens, budding off a new species would be very unlikely
in this Solar System, and would take thousands of generations in any case
(unless genetic engineering supersedes the natural processes of speciation).
Anyway, I found the exchange with Tom quite helpful, even if we still
don't agree on which is the best and/or useful perspective. I still think
a middle ground is possible and desirable, but only time will tell.
In the meantime (to paraphrase the title of a popular book on the
relationships between the sexes), it seems like it continues to be a case
"Cladists are from Mars, Eclecticists are from Venus."
Cheers, Ken Kinman
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