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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: Definitely, yes. Look.

    If you assume that humankind was born on January 1st and that you proportionally put human evolution at the scale of a year. That means that we are today on december 31st. Do you have any idea of when we discover fire ?


    On october 31st...

    Seems like during the last week of december humans were quite busy. I think that we can conclude that advances in technology have open-up new realm of knowledges and accelerate human evolution. In any case so far.
    • Jul 23 2012: I like your year analogy, but is that an indicator of the evolution of the species or simply technological advancement?
    • Jul 23 2012: I think it was Carl Sagan that used a similar scale,but he used a 24 hour scale and on his scale,I believe he had us appear on the scale around 11:40 pm,I hope you will forgive me if I have made an error on the time line,it has been about 30 years since I saw this and time has dulled my memory on some details,in fact mammals did not appear until 11 pm,so our foot print on our planet,in 20 short minutes,has been indelible,too bad their is no Hippocratic Oath for the planet that reads first do no harm,this is our only home,there is no where else for us.

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