Thursday, 17 March 2011

Evolution of man

Now, I know the theory of evolution is a topic well talked about, but I would like to add my thoughts on the matter. Now, I do not wish to speculate on the past course of evolution. Much has been said and I am quite possitive most people know what we are talking about when we discuss the theory of evolution.

What I have been occupied with lately is the future evolution of human beings. First of all I just want to state that I highly doubt the further evolution of man, for I think us human beings will destroy our own race before we can let evolution take its cause and help us improve ourselves. It is just the way we function. There are many flaws in being human. For one, we are very emotionally complicated creatures, and very often act upon these emotions with much thought. The combination of having a brilliant brain capacity and emotions will evidently prove to be a very self destructive one. A second flaw is that no single human thinks in exactly the same way. One might think of this to be a possitive, but I see it as being a major flaw in our existence. If we can not think as one, we will eventually fail to secure our future as a race. This second fact can be perceived in every day life. It can be seen as minor differentials such as the variation of clothing choice, brand choice, social interaction and I could go on. A third flaw can be the modern day cultural differences, which have and most likely will always exist. In the past cultural differences have led to wars of gigantic proportion, and I believe that in the end this will be the main factor in our very own destruction.

There are several more factors which might lead to our own extinction, but I am not going to list all of my thoughts, for I would rather proceed with the matter at hand. So, lets say that we do not destroy ourselves, and we find a way to survive on this planet for a long period of time. If we were able to survive long enough for there to be an obvious evolution within our race, I truly think it will be a mental based evolution, as opposed to a physical change. Of course there might be small changes. For example our bodies needing less maintanence, our bodily functions adapting themselves to the current state of our planet etc.

No, I really think our heads contain the most room for improvement. If given time I think we will be capable of doing things we can not even start to imagine. I think our way of thinking will have less variations, and that people will all eventually start losing emotions. Emotions being such a random factor of life, for us to evolve it will be ultimately vital for our emotions to lose importance. Human beings will have to base their decisions on logic, and not on impulses or feelings. The cognitive thought process will most likely improve as well. To explain this concept it is best to compare the human brain with a computer. Computers send and receive date, they translate this data, store the data, copy the data etc. The human brain does more or less the same thing. Given enough time it would only seem logical for our brains to expand on their thinking capabality. This means that all our thoughts will be just that bit faster. You can imagine this being very handy when in conversation with somebody. It will seem as if you have more time to think about what you want to say next, for your brain would be working harder on the matter. If we would let evolution run its course long enough, the outcome could be quite scary. The human brain being so fast that you could calculate possible outcomes of conversations before they even take place. I think this will eventually lead to simplified communication, for everybody would be able to understand each other a lot sooner.

For now I will have that, it is getting quite late and I can not really focus on what I am typing, let alone what I am thinking. If I have made any spelling or grammar mistakes, I ask for your forgiveness. For I have not taken the time to reread what I have written.

I will be continuing on this line of thought soon. Feel free to react. I would appreciate any thoughts on the matter.

18 comments:

  1. You'd be surprised how similar peopl can be. Also, we're always evolving. We just can't see it because minute changes usually take many generations to take hold.

    I just hope we hit space before earth is too far gone though. Honestly, as a collective, we don't have the capacity to fix all the natural problems and things get worse as we approach the k (carrying capacity) of earth.

    The fun part about all this? Even if we go extinct, there is intelligence somewhere else and will come back here. It just takes a long time.

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  2. Interesting post! I'd have to agree that we'd probably destroy ourselves before we evolve more.

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  3. Personally, i believe in creationism, but if you want to believe you came from monkeys, more power to you.

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  4. yes medicine has totally messed up our evolution. all the retarded people are supposed to be dead, instead they stay within our gene pool and contribute more.

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  5. @ Cindy:

    See, you and people who believe that are silly and don't actually understand the idea. Monkeys didn't suddenly decide to become human. Humans didn't decide to become monkeys. The idea is that monkeys and humans had a common ancestor, millions of years back. For various reason, groups of said ancestor became separated, and as different traits became more advantageous to surviving for each group, the group slowly evolved. The weak ones died off, etc. The idea is, the ancestors of monkeys benefited from the balance of a tail, the hair provided warmth and protection, and the use of arms to ascend trees were all useful. Those that couldn't hack it, couldn't climb with the others, couldn't hunt, died off or couldn't mate. The group that would evolve into humans likely started using tools and fashioning weapons, making intelligence more beneficial. So what if you can't climb a tree? If you can make a spear with your weak arms and bring home food walking on your two legs, you're going to find mates. Very, very simplified, and this is over millions of years. It's not a theory because it's not proven, it's a theory because we use it as an axiom for all of biology. It's the same with the theory of gravity. We don't fully understand why there is gravity, but it is there, and very real. You can believe in God and Evolution, but there is overwhelming evidence for Evolution, and none for God. God is about belief. Do you believe the Bible? Do you believe in God/Jesus/Mohammad/the Holy Ghost/Isaac/Adam/Noah? We can't observe any of them(Except the bible, but is it reliable?), but you can observe evolution happen in creatures that have short life cycles, crops, fruit flies, etc. One is blind to not believe in evolution, because it is not about belief, it is about fact supported by evidence.

    End rant.

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  6. I kinda agree with Cindy, I have my beliefs and you have yours. I believe nobody has the right to push their beliefs on others.

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  7. I take comfort in the knowledge that humans are natural. Therefore any action we make no matter how destructive is an act of nature. It's small comfort... but in this day and age, ya know.

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  8. One thing taht Ive learned about ppl and the evolutionary theories is that you can align science and religions, well, god made us from mud, in fact it was proven taht we, indeed came from mud, not sculpted, but slowly evolved it the for the we have now, from there you can assume what I mean, I think (im also very sleepy now).

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  9. Thank you for the reactions guys. The difficult thing when writing a blog late at night is, that I always tend to leave things out or say too much on an irrelevant matter.

    I just wanted to say, that although the evolution theory is something I have came to accept as a truth, this does not necessarily mean that others may not have their own views. I always respect the thoughts of other, and I am grateful for other people expressing their ideas. Just keep the comments coming guys, I am really thankful.

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  10. -sigh- Existentialism is sooo last year :p

    Followed.

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  11. Yo Nuker, I was just checking out your blog and I really enjoyed your shorts. I would very much like to read more of it. Just keep my updated mate.

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  12. really deep and intresting

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  13. I'd say becomming a cyborg is the next step.

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  14. Our technology has eliminated the need for a lot of further evolution

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  15. Interesting thoughts, followed!

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  16. Cyborg is definitely the next step in evolution. The usage of technology has denied us of any other evolution, with any sort of ease, that is.

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