A Genetic Persuation

In 2105, it appeared that Christine was taking a step further away from the Christish Chinese, who worked closely with the Chinese, at the time not an ally of the U.S.. Since Christine had notified them of her incoming meetings with them, one at Shanghai and the other at Beijing, they decided to summon an internal meeting at Qingdao, where to discuss important findings that may persuade Christine into working with them again. They hated the fact that humans had been committing genocides for thousands of years and preferred to have their own Christish society, so as to detach themselves from human tribalism and nationalism. However, it was not really that nationalism was a bad idea to begin with, but that they were not willing to die for humans. After all, humans would not be willing to pay their lives for Christish, either. While symmetry may not work very well in physics, it works perfectly in justice.

As usual, Xia Ying was the coordinator of their internal meeting, where she invited Xia Qin, a Christish computational biologist, as the facilitator of their first session, who normally would serve as a lecturer to present an overview of the topic to discuss. He began his speech by pointing at the extinction of Homo neanderthalensis.

“Homo sapiens eliminated Homo neanderthalensis, which had disappeared altogether with all other species in the Homo genus, basically through genocides all over the entire planet Earth, with none to spare. Whether they had a choice or not is rather irrelevant, because they were all humans in the broader sense of the term. The Christish species, labeled as Homo extraordinarius, is not really that human from the genetic perspective, because their genome was obtained through an end-to-end fusion from the genome of Homo neanderthalensis, where the deliberate construction of the new fused chromosome was designed to activate 15% of non-functional genes that relate to brain development, thanks to a careful comparative analysis of the brain structures between humans and great apes. Since most of these previously non-functional genes were relatively less understood, Dr. Edward Thompson and his colleagues did not go very far in trying many possible variations for the discovery of more species in the new genus. Instead, they attempted merging a few DNA sequences of Homo sapiens into the Christish genome, which control the development of the frontal lobe. It took them about 5 years to figure out how those known genes in Homo sapiens could function properly in the new context of the Christish genome. In addition, serious efforts were also made to ensure that Christine would be taller and slimmer, to resemble most modern humans for easier integration and assimilation. However, the status of Christine in the new genus is still much like that of Homo gautengensis in the Homo genus, with much room for further development. The primary reason for the inclusion of the Christish in the Homo genus was to encourage coexistence and emphasize the fact that Christine is probably closer to Homo neanderthalensis than to any other species in the new genus, which was not given a name. Homo neanderthalensis is not really smarter than Homo sapiens, but their larger cranial capacity serves as a better foundation to create smarter species. Do you agree with Dr. Edward Thompson?”

There were laughs among his audience, as the Christish generally did not enjoy talking about themselves. Seeing no response, Qin continued.

“Homo sapiens is a more natural continuation of Homo erectus, whose brains became larger and larger through generations while remaining the same species. The sudden increase in cranial capacity for Homo neanderthalensis provided much insight into which sets of genes could contribute to such a critical evolutionary competency. Unfortunately, Homo neanderthalensis stabilized rather rapidly, without much further evolution from their early advantage. The continuous development of the frontal lobe stopped with them, a loss that contributed to their extinction due to their less developed reward system and survival instinct, the two major traits that normally would pressure a species to become a winner. Interestingly, Homo sapiens is also a relatively stable species. The extinction of Homo erectus put an end to the rapid evolution of the Homo genus on the planet Earth. So, why should Christine care? We are genetically not human. Well, she may be interested in furthering Dr. Thompson’s study in the accelerated evolution of the Homo genus, which would impose the constraint of 23 pairs of chromosomes in their genome. After all, he and his team made her.”

Ying raised her hand, shaking her head to dismiss such a direction. “Please,” she said, “do remember that she’s no longer with Americans. Even if she would like to return to the U.S., she would no longer be trusted.”

“Possibly,” Qin responded immediately, “but that doesn’t explain why she doesn’t want to work with us. After all, what’s the problem with us associated with the Chinese? We don’t even belong to them.”

“It could be an ideological issue,” Ying explained further, “because the Chinese government is still totalitarian in nature, unwilling to evolve into a democracy. Americans grew tolerant in the early 21st century, but it still would be difficult for a true American to be associated with the Chinese a century later.” She wanted to end this fruitless discussion soon.

“Not even with the possibility of bringing human intelligence close to ours, a technology she may take back to the U.S.?” Qin was pushing the envelop a bit.

“It’s final,” Ying was about to exercise her authority. “Recall that the Christish genome was derived from that of the Homo genus by fusing their chromosomes into 22 pairs to introduce more functional genes related to brain development, most of which cannot function properly in the context of 23 pairs of chromosomes. There is no way for them to win. How close can it be though?”

Qin smiled, “They probably still can surpass us if we are not improving ours. Either way, there will be a strong incentive for Christine to work with us.”

Looking around to see the reaction of the audience, Ying replied, “Show us first how human intelligence can possibly surpass ours then. We have to assess the threat.”

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About Run Song

Run Song (宋闰) is my pen name for the Moments of Poetry, a collection of poems about the greatest moments of life. If photography captures the greatest moments of life, poetry is the life behind them.
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