Does technology and education lead to the evolution of our species? 7 replies

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AlDaja

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#1 12 years ago

Does technology and education lead to the evolution of our species? Anthropological studies suggest that some kind of human advancement (written language or introspective thought) resulted in a major evolutionary merge from homo sapien to our species: homo sapien sapien or “wise man” about 40,000 to 10,000 years ago. Already we have seen changes within our bodies do to the aspiration of cooking meat, to modern advancements in food processes that no longer require enzymes in our stomach for digestion. Some scientists believe that our little toe will probably be nothing but a stub in a few hundred years due to the advancement in footwear that negates our use of this appendage for balance. It makes one wonder; when I look at all the advanced technology that requires rapid comprehension, what will this do to our mental and physical abilities.




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#2 12 years ago

It doesn't work that way exactly. Just because we don't use our little toes much anymore, doesn't mean they'll disappear. It all depends on what makes you more likely to produce offspring. Having smaller or larger toes doesn't change that factor nowadays.




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#3 12 years ago
Karst;3372667It doesn't work that way exactly. Just because we don't use our little toes much anymore, doesn't mean they'll disappear. It all depends on what makes you more likely to produce offspring. Having smaller or larger toes doesn't change that factor nowadays.

Of course genetics are a large part of positive or negative mutation, but I do think constraints or changes to our environment directly affect our development. Otherwise there wouldn’t be so many variety of human on this planet.




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#4 12 years ago

Not physical evolution.




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#5 12 years ago

I dont want to lose my little toe :( that would be so fugly...

Ive heard this argument before though, I think they do have some merit..




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#6 12 years ago

It would be nice to travel forward in time and find out. But, then again, maybe we wouldn't want to. I once saw a program on NG that depicted humans eons from now as truely "alien" as we ventured into the cosmos. They theorized that longterm space travel and environmental conditions on other worlds would require altering our DNA to survive, in essence creating new speices of ourselves. They suggested that several thousand generations down the road, each division would not even now that they were once seeded from our species and would probably debate it, like scientists are doing now. We pretty much have a map of our ancestry except for that little gap. Makes you wonder.




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#7 12 years ago

I think it's hard to look at it that way. Evolution takes place over a large amount of time. I think if you look back from a couple hundred years from now you'll see that our species has advanced, and this advancement might be attributed to out new technologies and intellectual advancement. As for the underlying question though, yes, I do believe our new technologies and education will help us evolve, but it probably won't be apparent to us in our lifetimes.




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#8 11 years ago
D.Sporky!;3373068I think it's hard to look at it that way. Evolution takes place over a large amount of time. I think if you look back from a couple hundred years from now you'll see that our species has advanced, and this advancement might be attributed to out new technologies and intellectual advancement. As for the underlying question though, yes, I do believe our new technologies and education will help us evolve, but it probably won't be apparent to us in our lifetimes.

True, true, I think physical change is gradual and not recognized by the generation it encompasses. To my knowledge there has been no need for physical change of our form, as our planets biosphere has not change that drastically since the last major ice-age, if anything, it has harden or adapted to allow us to thrive everywhere within the bounds of our intuition to do so.