Towards A Better Human

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BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 23 December 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1676
  1. Fiona Godlee,
  2. Margaret Cooter

    “The present human form is the first draft of a cosmic design. Our concern is that the Designer has derived such amusement from us that He may not proceed further towards perfection.” So begins the paper on p 0000 and so began for us a search for other ideas on how to redesign the human species. Three editors, a geneticist, a science writer, and two comedians responded. So too, with words and pictures, did school-children in Yorkshire, Hertfordshire, Mexico, Romania, and Boston, Massachusetts. Some of the results appear in the previous pages.

    “There were some constant features that turned up,” wrote Liliana Santirso, coeditor of the BMJ's Mexican edition, who liaised with schools in and near Mexico City. “Practically all the children seemed to think that the new man needed more organs of the senses—eyes, ears, and occasionally noses.” Edgar Emilio Morales Delgado, aged 8, drew a man with ears on his legs “to hear the earth better.” The smaller …

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