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Everything we dislike about H.saps has evolved away very quickly.... in a matter of centuries. I don't buy it and when the plot depended on it, it ticked me off.

Cultural evolution moves at a different pace than biological. Consider for example how attitudes concerning slavery, women, universal human rights, etc. have changed in the last 500 years.

With the internet, cell phones, and CNN, ideas and memes spread rapidly. I suspect the pace of cultural change will increase, probably dramatically. The question is whether we end up like ST, Bladerunner, the Matrix, or South Park.

good point.

memes do move quickly .... but they still have to fight for 'survival' against other memes and genes. (here's a board where Darwin's meme is fighting and 8000 yr old creation meme)

so i'm skeptical that attitudes have really changed. People know the right thing to say --but do they really mean it?

otoh, it makes for a different take on ST --when Picard says something like <we don't torture puppies anymore> he doesn't mean H.saps have changed. Just that the cool-kids, the highly educated, very special people who man space ships don't do that.
like an atheist saying, "We don't do superstitions anymore."

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