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At Mind Matters News: The future evolution of humans? Anyone’s guess

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Despite much learned, expert, and conflicting talk, based on solid Darwinian principles, we don’t know very much. So much has changed in the past few thousand years that the past may not be a reliable guide to the future:

At National Geographic, back in 2009, the views of scientists surveyed ranged from nothing much will happen through transhumanism will change everything:

Nothing much will happen:

“Since the advent of settled life, human populations have expanded enormously. Homo sapiens is densely packed across the Earth, and individuals are unprecedentedly mobile.

“In this situation, the fixation of any meaningful evolutionary novelties in the human population is highly improbable.” [anthropologist Ian] Tattersall said. “Human beings are just going to have to learn to live with themselves as they are.”

James Owen, “Future Humans: Four Ways We May, or May Not, Evolve” at National Geographic (November 24, 2009)

Alternatively, transhumanism will change everything, according to Nick Bostrom of the Future of Humanity Institute:

Transhumanism raises a spectacular array of possibilities, from supersoldiers and new breeds of athletes to immortal beings who, having had their brains scanned atom by atom, transfer their minds to computers.

In addition to living forever, “uploaded” beings would be able to “travel at the speed of light as an information pattern,” download themselves into robots for the occasional stroll through the real world, think faster when running on advanced operating systems, and cut their food budget down to zero, Bostrom imagines in his paper “The Transhumanist FAQ.” If that were to happen, a new type of evolution would emerge, Bostrom said.

James Owen, “Future Humans: Four Ways We May, or May Not, Evolve” at National Geographic (November 24, 2009)

Some suggestions sound rather strange but there is a logic to them…

News, “Experts guess: How might humans change over the next 10,000 years?” at Mind Matters News

Takehome: Informed opinion ranges from “Changes have largely stopped” to “We will have webbed feet,” and all experts have some science basis for their views.


You may also wish to read: Researchers still puzzled: Why did human brains shrink? Human brain volumes decreased by 10% in the last 40,000 years, coinciding with spectacular intellectual achievements. Examples of brain shrinkage among animals are fascinating but have not provided much insight. But perhaps we should ask, how much does brain size even matter?

2 Replies to “At Mind Matters News: The future evolution of humans? Anyone’s guess

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    bornagain77 says:

    From the purely materialistic perspective of Darwinists, (and directly contrary to the ‘superman’ claims of Darwinists), the actual future ‘evolution’ of humans is fairly dark and bleak.

    If Modern Humans Are So Smart, Why Are Our Brains Shrinking? – January 20, 2011
    Excerpt: John Hawks is in the middle of explaining his research on human evolution when he drops a bombshell. Running down a list of changes that have occurred in our skeleton and skull since the Stone Age, the University of Wisconsin anthropologist nonchalantly adds, “And it’s also clear the brain has been shrinking.”
    “Shrinking?” I ask. “I thought it was getting larger.” The whole ascent-of-man thing.,,,
    He rattles off some dismaying numbers: Over the past 20,000 years, the average volume of the human male brain has decreased from 1,500 cubic centimeters to 1,350 cc, losing a chunk the size of a tennis ball. The female brain has shrunk by about the same proportion. “I’d call that major downsizing in an evolutionary eyeblink,” he says. “This happened in China, Europe, Africa—everywhere we look.”
    http://discovermagazine.com/20.....-shrinking

    WHAT IS “GENETIC ENTROPY”?
    https://www.geneticentropy.org/whats-genetic-entropy

    Dr. John Sanford Lecture at NIH (National Institute of Health): Genetic Entropy – Mutation Accumulation: Is it a Serious Health Risk? – 2018 video
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqIjnol9uh8

    Can Purifying Natural Selection Preserve Biological Information? – May 2013 –
    Paul Gibson, John R. Baumgardner, Wesley H. Brewer, John C. Sanford
    In conclusion, numerical simulation shows that realistic levels of biological noise result in a high selection threshold. This results in the ongoing accumulation of low-impact deleterious mutations, with deleterious mutation count per individual increasing linearly over time. Even in very long experiments (more than 100,000 generations), slightly deleterious alleles accumulate steadily, causing eventual extinction. These findings provide independent validation of previous analytical and simulation studies [2–13]. Previous concerns about the problem of accumulation of nearly neutral mutations are strongly supported by our analysis. Indeed, when numerical simulations incorporate realistic levels of biological noise, our analyses indicate that the problem is much more severe than has been acknowledged, and that the large majority of deleterious mutations become invisible to the selection process.,,,
    http://www.worldscientific.com.....08728_0010   

    Whereas, on the other hand, from the spiritual perspective of Christians, the actual future ‘evolution’ of humans is fairly bright and hopeful.

    1 Corinthians 15:51-55
    Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”
    “Where, O death, is your victory?
    Where, O death, is your sting?”

    Quote and verse:

    “I think death is an illusion. I think death is a really nasty bad lie. I don’t see any truth in the word death at all.”
    – Pam Reynolds Lowery (1956 – May 22, 2010)
    – The extremely ‘monitored’ NDE (Near Death Experience) of Pam Reynolds – video
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNbdUEqDB-k

    2 Corinthians 12:3-4
    And I know that this man—whether in the body or out of it I do not know, but God knows— was caught up into Paradise. The things he heard were too sacred for words, things that man is not permitted to tell.

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    polistra says:

    The old sci-fi cartoon of big heads and little bodies has gone away. But most of these ideas are still about super-privileged elites living in super-controlled conditions. I guess all the Untermenschen will have been exterminated by then.

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