I just saw Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, and two things caught my eye. One, it’s amazing how a digitized simian can convey more emotion and pathos than A-list actors like Scarlett Johansson, Angelina Jolie or Ryan Gosling.
Second, should I be worried about an upcoming evolved ape menace?
A few days ago I would have said absolutely not, but now that I’ve spent the better part of the last six hours researching the topic, I’m not so sure.
William Hopkins, a neuro-scientist at Georgia State University in Atlanta, recently co-authored a study that found chimps, like humans, inherit most of their intelligence from their parents.
That means that if an evil scientist or animal rights group so desired, they should be able to selectively breed smart chimps with each other and increase the intelligence of the population.
Meanwhile, human governments only reward morons and literally pay cretins to breed thus reducing the intellectual capacity of our own population.
If current trends continue, I predict the intelligence of chimps and humans will be roughly equal in a hundred years, and large swaths of Central and South America, Africa and Southeast Asia will be ripped asunder by war between our species.