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OhTheIrony December 16th, 2016 5:30pm

Do you think the world would be better off if all humans--men and women--grew to the exact same height, say 5 feet and 8 inches?

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RussianThunder Russia and USA
12/16/16 12:58 pm

No. Then who could play for the NFL or reach stuff on really high shelves? 😉

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OhTheIrony Learning from you
12/16/16 1:08 pm

I would expect that the hoop would be set at a shorter height and selection for the sport would no longer be height dependent, which would make it more selective for skill.

omniku ...
12/16/16 2:52 pm

Screw the NFL, I could finally play in the NBA!!

Krystina Let Freedom Reign
12/16/16 12:23 pm

Interesting thought and assessment below, Irony. I do think we'd lose out on quite a bit though. Sameness is boring and, as others have mentioned, sports and athletics would suffer quite a bit. Still, an interesting idea you came up with.

OhTheIrony Learning from you
12/16/16 1:05 pm

I would tend to agree. I prefer the heterogeneity of our current world. I think the genetic diversity also would help us if we were ever affected by a disaster that was more likely to kill people of a specific height. I can't imagine what exactly that might be, but hey, it could happen.

Krystina Let Freedom Reign
12/16/16 4:14 pm

Yeah, who knows? Anything can happen. I watched something a while back that talked about our lack of genetic diversity (even with today's height differences😊) and speculated on how many of us would have to live through an extinction level event for the species to survive. It was quite interesting.

ctskapski NB MD
12/16/16 11:58 am

Variety=lifespice

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UniversePlan Michigan
12/16/16 10:44 am

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Harry3603 Tampa Bay Florida.
12/16/16 10:53 am

It would only appeal to short people. There huge advantages in being tall!

OhTheIrony Learning from you
12/16/16 10:36 am

Considerations include clothing, equipment, and furniture sizes. Identical heights should reduce the cost of manufacturing and production substantially.

Of course, you also have to consider what it would mean for equality, discrimination, and gender dynamics. Taller people assert their dominance with their very existence. I think eliminating height differentials could drastically change how we perceive the two genders.

I'm hoping that you guys can think of more impacts that this could have on the world.

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ctskapski NB MD
12/16/16 12:48 pm

As a rather... Present short fellow. I disagree that the tall assert their dominance by existing.
If ever I have felt that someone who was taller were dominating, or attempting to dominate, it has always been because of other reasons than their height.

dfish at home
12/16/16 12:59 pm

I assert my dominance through my size all the time. It works well because few people do it and it throws people off guard

OhTheIrony Learning from you
12/16/16 1:01 pm

The reason I say that is because empirical studies have shown that people who are taller are more likely to be paid more and garner more attention on the business world.

I could be wrong in equating that to dominance, but I used dominance as a substitute to get that general idea across.