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    Default If we had transparent skin...

    ...would the world have any problems?

    Discuss.

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    But we still have different colour hair and eyes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HarpsichordConcerto View Post
    But we still have different colour hair and eyes.
    Let's assume we lack any kind of pigment.

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    Then the prejudical would still use other physical appearances, like height, size of waiste, size of skull, whatever. Point is, I don't think lack of skin colour in itself would solve much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HarpsichordConcerto View Post
    Then the prejudical would still use other physical appearances, like height, size of waiste, size of skull, whatever. Point is, I don't think lack of skin colour in itself would solve much.
    You’re right, Unfortunately much of the human race inherently has prejudices about differences in appearance and those prejudices becomes even stronger if the behaviour differs too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HarpsichordConcerto View Post
    Then the prejudical would still use other physical appearances, like height, size of waiste, size of skull, whatever. Point is, I don't think lack of skin colour in itself would solve much.
    Sorry but you're wrong.

    The lack of melanin and photoprotection from solar UV-B rays means that we would all develop melanoma and die, thereby ending all discrimination.

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    I don't see how the UV rays would scorch our skin and cause melanoma if our skin was transparent? They would just pass through. However, they might severely damage our muscles and anything else they'd hit.
    Wäre das Faktum wahr, – wäre der außerordentliche Fall wirklich eingetreten, daß die politische Gesetzgebung der Vernunft übertragen, der Mensch als Selbstzweck respektiert und behandelt, das Gesetz auf den Thron erhoben, und wahre Freiheit zur Grundlage des Staatsgebäudes gemacht worden, so wollte ich auf ewig von den Musen Abschied nehmen, und dem herrlichsten aller Kunstwerke, der Monarchie der Vernunft, alle meine Thätigkeit widmen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xaltotun View Post
    I don't see how the UV rays would scorch our skin and cause melanoma if our skin was transparent? They would just pass through. However, they might severely damage our muscles and anything else they'd hit.
    A common misconception. The skin would be transparent, but not necessarily made of a clear plastic or glass. It could still **** with DNA, see.

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    I just assumed that if skin was magically transparent, all cell components in in skin cells would be magically transparent as well, including the chromosomes.
    Wäre das Faktum wahr, – wäre der außerordentliche Fall wirklich eingetreten, daß die politische Gesetzgebung der Vernunft übertragen, der Mensch als Selbstzweck respektiert und behandelt, das Gesetz auf den Thron erhoben, und wahre Freiheit zur Grundlage des Staatsgebäudes gemacht worden, so wollte ich auf ewig von den Musen Abschied nehmen, und dem herrlichsten aller Kunstwerke, der Monarchie der Vernunft, alle meine Thätigkeit widmen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Couchie View Post
    ...The lack of melanin and photoprotection from solar UV-B rays means that we would all develop melanoma and die...
    Not necessarily. We would develop stronger types of anti-UV block-outs (eg. creams/lotions with UV protection that one uses on the beach). & wear protective clothes. "Slip, slop, slap" they say here in Australia - put on a hat, wear clothing that will cover you from the sun & use block-out cream in summer.

    ...thereby ending all discrimination.
    That reminds me of someone who said they don't discriminate, they hate everyone equally.
    Genuine ersatz classical listener since 1981.

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    If someone said to you 'I admire your guts' you wouldn't be sure what he meant

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sid James View Post
    Not necessarily. We would develop stronger types of anti-UV block-outs (eg. creams/lotions with UV protection that one uses on the beach). & wear protective clothes. "Slip, slop, slap" they say here in Australia - put on a hat, wear clothing that will cover you from the sun & use block-out cream in summer.



    That reminds me of someone who said they don't discriminate, they hate everyone equally.
    That would be Mark Twain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Couchie View Post
    Sorry but you're wrong.

    The lack of melanin and photoprotection from solar UV-B rays means that we would all develop melanoma and die, thereby ending all discrimination.
    So who cares anyway. Your circular thread, according to you.

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    Couchie, Palestinians and Israelis are virtually the same genetic stock. So are Protestant and Catholic Irishmen. So are Scots and Englishmen. And so are Serbs, Croats, and Bosnians. And so were North and South Americans, North and South Koreans, Incans and other South American tribes, Russians and Chechens, and Democrats and Republicans. People will find an excuse to fight.

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