December 25, 2011

Species future?

Filed under: Letters from Ionia — Tags: — zankaon @ 11:43 pm

Classically, one requires isolation, for a new species to evolve. Today

the trend is just the opposite, with greater mixing; hence hybrid vigor?

Yet disease has had a strong selection effect in the past, as for

Europe, Africa; this kind of selection indeed might not be over; such as

for histocompatibility genes and there products. What about evolution of

human nature; are we stuck with what we have? See Terrence Deacon’s

Symbolic Species book commentary on brain and language evolution. If human

nature is fixed more or less, but culture, such as technology, is

exponentially (?) increasing; is there not then a time when humans might

become irrelevant in comparison to sophisticated computers.

Morovec’s Mind Children book places this at 10k years, based on processor speed.

However cognition is much more complicated than that;

perhaps 100k to 1M years might be a better guess when homo culturus

(next in our descent; a pure cultural species?) supplants us in regards

to logic, rational management of planetary resources; von Neuman probes

for robotic space exploration etc. Perhaps implants for us in order to

deal with the dark side of human nature; so that hatred and violence

ends forever. Voila! TMM


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