Sunday, January 02, 2011

Thought of the Day 2011 #1 - Polydactylism

It's a dominant genetic "defect" that until recently I had no idea it was as common as it is. 1 in 500 births. That's a lot of extra digits. Sure, most of the extra fingers are no more than a boneless fleshy digit, but I can't help but wonder why they are routinely chopped off? Is it because most people have five and they don't want the kids seen as freaks? Is it because it gets in the way?

I guess my thoughts about it is that it may have a purpose beyond our comprehension. What if that extra digit provides for a sixth sense? What if the aliens who are planning on returning won't come until a certain percentage of humans have the sixth digits? What if it's perfect for picking one's nose? So many possibilities...

What surprises me, too, is that there are people who believe in "intelligent design" yet they want to manipulate something that is a dominant trait? Shouldn't they embrace all of the oddities as "designed?"