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Were the 1980’s a Blip on Human Evolution?

Posted by Big Boo on June 11th, 2008

Flock of Seagulls haircutsThere are two types of scientific findings. Those that can be backed up with hard evidence (e.g. Newton’s “for every action there is an equal an opposite reaction” – or if I run full pelt at a wall it’s gonna hurt) and those that make you wonder exactly what kind of scientist the person in question actually is. I came across an example of the latter via the Daily Mirror’s website which is attributed to Professor Marcus du Sautoy, a Maths professor from Oxford University.

In his wisdom, Prof. Sautoy is claiming that the 1980’s were a low point for human evolution! His evidence, the Flock of Seagulls haircut. I kid you not! Apparently us humans find symmetry a good thing, so much so that we believe that symmetry is an indicator of a good genetic heritage, and that symmetrical people are therefore a better mate for some reason.

Strangely enough I think I would believe him more if he had just claimed that the hole in the ozone layer was caused by the over excessive use of aerosol hairsprays during the time period whilst trying to achieve these hairstyles…