The Future of Man

Posted on Tuesday, December 23rd, 02008 by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander
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Scientific American has a nice piece on how humans may still be evolving over the next millennium.  Since we can now adapt our environment to ourselves, we often assume that evolution has basically ended.  However the article points out:

“But DNA techniques, which probe genomes both present and past, have unleashed a revolution in studying evolution; they tell a different story. Not only has Homo sapiens been doing some major genetic reshuffling since our species formed, but the rate of human evolution may, if anything, have increased. In common with other organisms, we underwent the most dramatic changes to our body shape when our species first appeared, but we continue to show genetically induced changes to our physiology and perhaps to our behavior as well. “

We just have to keep breeding ourselves smarter and hopefully we will be able to solve the challenges in the next 1000 years… Happy holidays all.

  • Keep going, Alexander. Very best wishes for 2009.

    Thanks for all you are doing to protect the environs from wanton, irreversible degradation and global biodiversity from massive extirpation; to preserve Earth’s resources from relentless dissipation and the future of our children from reckless endangerment; to save “the pale blue dot” from the ravages of unbridled global overproduction, overconsumption and overpopulation activities of the human species in these early years of Century XXI.

  • I think that genetics are over emphasized in the development of intelligent people. Environmental conditions such as proper nutrition and educational opportunities don’t seem to be given enough credit in the process.
    Instead of counting on “breeding ourselves smarter,” we would do better to hedge our bets by providing living conditions that will promote optimal mental development for the children who are born in this world.

  • I agree with K Garrity Fox: eugenics is not the answer; improving living conditions, life chances, and education for everyone IS.

    Of the seven children born to Johann Beethoven, only second-born Ludwig and two younger brothers survived infancy. On this basis, one might advise the mother not to have any children. Yet Ludwig van Beethoven was a genius.

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