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Are We Still Evolving? The Future of Human Evolution


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Darren
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Human evolution has not stopped. We may still have a long way to go, in evolutionary terms. Although we are still evolving physically, we are evolving in others ways too, (i) as knowers, (ii) in consciousness, (iii) in intelligence, and (iv)



   

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MmAway M (519)
Saturday June 20, 2015, 2:52 am
Thank you Darren

That was a very interesting article~ Just a wee bit of it posted here for you


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Are We Still Evolving? The Future of Human Evolution
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Are We Still Evolving - The Future of Human Evolution - Copy

By Chris Thomson

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Human evolution has not stopped. We may still have a long way to go, in evolutionary terms. Although we are still evolving physically, we are evolving in others ways too, (i) as knowers, (ii) in consciousness, (iii) in intelligence, and (iv) in our capacity to do things without the aid of technology. In addition, we have the ability to influence the pace and direction of our evolution. This has far-reaching implications, given the state of the world today.
A long way to go

If you start a discussion about human evolution, you are likely to end up talking about the past, about Darwin and the history of our evolution. You are very unlikely to end up talking about the future of human evolution. And if you start a discussion about the future in general, you are likely to end up talking about the future of technology or the future of society or the future of business, or something like that. You are very unlikely to end up talking about the future of the human being as such. This is no doubt because we assume that human evolution has stopped, that we have evolved as far as we ever will.

We are homo sapiens, the top of the evolutionary tree, and that is all there is to it. End of discussion! Or is it?

If it is true, then why do so many of us devote so much time and energy to “evolving” ourselves in one way or another? We educate and train ourselves in a huge range of knowledge and skills. This is what schools, colleges and universities do, not to mention all the courses and other forms of self-help now available to us. At the same time we have literally millions of initiatives, run by NGOs, governments and communities, to “evolve” humanity and try to make the world a better place. These range across the whole spectrum of human activity – reducing poverty and inequality; eradicating corruption in business and government; promoting human rights and genuine democracy; improving levels of health and education; and trying to minimise the negative human impact on the planet. Although these initiatives sometimes involve attempts to change whole systems, such as healthcare or economics or politics, they nearly always involve attempts to change our personal behaviour for the better, so that we act in ways that enhance people and the planet, rather than diminish them, as is so often the case these days. And what is evolution if it is not adapting our behaviour in ways that improve our chances of our surviving and thriving on this planet? And it does not stop here, because many of us also engage in some form of therapy or spiritual practice to nudge forward our own personal evolution. We do all these things because we believe we can improve ourselves, individually or collectively. Without actually using the word, we seem to believe that more human evolution is possible. Although we may not think of it as such, many of us are already influencing the pace and direction of our own individual evolution, as well as the evolution of humanity as a whole.

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Darren Woolsey (218)
Saturday June 20, 2015, 3:23 am
What is being wasted at an alarming rate, directly attributable to technology/social media, etc., is people's attention spans and capacity for tolerance.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 20, 2015, 5:02 am
We're regressing back to cavemen mentality. We have genius capabilities but rarely it is used 4 anything worthwhile. We're a perfect example of evolution gone wrong. Interesting read--thx Darren
 

Sheryl G (359)
Saturday June 20, 2015, 10:11 am
A segment in the article.....A long way to go......I'll say, and I just hope we get there before we kill ourselves off.
 

Danuta W (1251)
Sunday June 21, 2015, 10:09 am
noted
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday June 21, 2015, 9:31 pm
I don't know. Clearly we are in some respects but in other aspects I don't think so. Sometimes I think we are going backwards. The lack of tolerance, the hatred towards others we don't even know
I agree with most of the above comments.
Thank you Darren,
Great article.
 

Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Sunday June 21, 2015, 9:54 pm
Hope so.
 

Suzanne L (89)
Sunday June 21, 2015, 10:22 pm
Good post Darren. Change is the only constant and the same principles that got us to this point are still acting on us. Cultures and civilizations come and go but human beings keep adjusting to survive.
 

Patricia N (9)
Monday June 22, 2015, 9:39 pm
I hope someday we will have evolved beyond hatred of race and religion.....but it won't be in my time....
 

Roberto MARINI (88)
Tuesday June 23, 2015, 7:11 am
I am optimistci about human evolution
 

Bob P (394)
Wednesday June 24, 2015, 7:28 am
Thanks Darren
 

Stephen Brian (23)
Wednesday June 24, 2015, 9:57 pm
Thanks for the interesting article!

It's an interesting question. The fact is that our wealth has allowed us to support those who would otherwise not live to reproduce, and our most prosperous societies do so, so classic evolution is shut off in them. However, evolution occurs on the level of a species, not an individual, and our ability to survive, at the communal level, depends upon both the individual fitness of members and the fitness of the community on an organizational level. In that sense we are still evolving, and quite rapidly. I hope that upcoming genetic therapies will help us to eradicate many hereditary diseases over a few generations, which would more than make up for lost time in classical evolution.
 
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