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Has technology accelerated human evolution?

my question is based on my observations of events that have happened in my own lifetime,we went from conventional warfare to atomic bombs ,we went from party line telephones to blue tooth, we went from the encyclopedia to ipads,we went from maps to gps,we went from libraries to kindle,we went from Sunday dinner to Mc Donalds,we went from radio to 50"flat screen 3d television,skype,electric cars,and we put a man on the moon.All of this in one life time.what use to take millions of years to happen,. is now happening in generations.I watch little kids walking towards doors they dont stop because they know its going to open,young children using computers to write and draw.I guess my question is,am I right in thinking that human evolution is accelerating.

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  • Jul 23 2012: The fact is there is no selection of mates based on survival of the fittest any more we all survive ,we all procreate without any intrusion of the laws of survival, we all survive,we all pass on to the next generation the positive and negative features,there was a time when only the strong survived,not so anymore,the gene pool of the best of our breed is being diluted with every generation,so if technology is to play a larger and larger part in whatever way we evolve it will be based on our inability to live by the law of the survival of the fittest.
    • Jul 23 2012: So people don't pick the people they sleep with based on intelligence, physique, and social ability? Just because we take care of our stupid doesn't mean that they make children. Sure, there are anecdotal examples of people that absolutely are not near the top of the evolutionary ladder pumping out 8 kids, but how many of those kids are going to OD, die in motorcycle accidents, or waste all of their money and die young due to health issues they can't afford to address? Evolutionary selection still plays a huge role in a technologically advanced society, it's just that the attributes that allow you to thrive are becoming more integrative and complex. Being strong doesn't matter anymore if you're unintelligent and can't communicate well. If you're 95th percentile in the major desired traits though, you better believe that people are going to want to make babies with you, and given the broader range of social tools, you have a bolstered ability to choose someone who also has desirable traits. I think it much more likely now than ever that two extremely high functioning individuals are able to find and mate with one another to produce offspring that relative to the average human, are borderline superheroes. The real issue I see is that highly intelligent people recognize how screwed up the world is and don't want to bring children into it. This gives them a greater ability to make a positive change in the world though, so it seems that such an issue is just a temporary one until the childless geniuses take a couple decades to get this mess solved.

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