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Minh Do
  • Minh Do
  • Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) (Sgn
  • Vietnam

Director of Marketing Communications, An Giang University

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What would the next Homo Sapiens look like? What kinds of characteristics would they have?

Homo Sapiens Idaltu (the subspecies) is dated to be 160,000 years old and Homo Sapiens Sapiens (the subspecies) reached full behavioral modernity 50,000 years ago. Homo Sapiens (the species) arrived on the evolutionary scene about 200,000 years ago. Doesn't that mean that we've been due for another evolution for quite sometime now? Or have we already evolved and didn't even notice? Or have we been preventing our own evolution via medicine and technological enhancements? Or have those enhancements really done the opposite? Enhanced our evolution? Either way, what are the characteristics of this new subspecies that could already be here today or will show its face in the centuries to come?

In other words, what do scientists, philosophers, and you think is the natural evolutionary step in our own species? Especially given this new human-built environment that we have been constructing for the past millenia.

Topics: evolution
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    Apr 3 2011: Some developments I can see are inability to focus on one thing at once (there was a study that now social media triggers instant reward centers of the brain, thus people get a rush of pleasure every time someone posts a comment or likes their status - so they stop having the same pleasure when they accomplish only one thing at a time, focused, and get little recognition for their work) - or attention deficit disorder. Other developments can include a larger brain, more multitasking abilities (hopefully), and a higher tolerance for information overload. Maybe. But then again, we might not have the time to develop all those, I think technology is going a bit too fast for everyone right now. What will happen if we can't keep up with it?

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