Michael Muszynski

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What will happen to us next? Where is our next phenotypic evolutionary change? And what will it look like?

We always learn about evolution, and the origin of species and what not, but what is our next evolutionary step? Evolution is always talked about as favorable changes to a said environment, but can you have de-evolution? Are we, as humans evolving anymore or possibly getting somewhat worse in a sense as we evolve our teachnologies. Regardless what would our species look like 1000 years from now? 10,000? 1 million?

  • Apr 4 2013: I think because of the population size of Humans it's very difficult to know how we will evolve. Evolution comes from a positive adaptation causing a species to be a better competitor physically and being a more attractive mate, we as Human beings don't really compete on a physical scale any more and for a gene to be passed through the whole of Humanity would take thousands of years in itself.
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    Apr 11 2013: Regardless of whatever terms you want to use, we cant escape the fact that we are changing organic beings, and always will be. But as far as we know it now evolution has always been directed by nature, now we have the ability to be the driver in the evolutionary car. Change environments and genes to create whatever we want. We are always changing, and in different ways. Its not always about size, or looks either. For instance look into the world of sports. 50 years ago if you took the average size and weight of a football team it would not compare at all to its present day counter part. Is that not some sort of change? In another 50 years will we watch sports center and consider a 6'7 250 lb tight end to be too small and undersized to play in the pros? And as this type of "sport evolution" is happening, what else is going on? We are not focused on just one thing as a species. Maybe it is possible that in a number of years humans will not just be seen as a one breed tpye of species, possibly we will be like cats. Some have evolved in different ways, there are cats built for speed and agility, some are built for stealth, other pure strength and power. Going back to the sports view, as time goes on young athletes have more and more odds agaisnt them to reach the pros, years and years ago there was a more level playing field, now the competition is so great that the chances of making it to the big leagues has dimished. In the future as we continue to change what if some people have been built for use of technology and brain functioning, where as others have developed more physical capabilities. Now a days one of these can be expressed as say the top student in their class, while the other would be middle of the pack educationally yet number one when they step on the field. Yet the thing is in our society we dont just mate with these certain traits that match ours, we mix and match, people built for smarts mate with people built for physical needs, so where are we going?
  • Apr 8 2013: Are you unaware of what you forgot? Chips and batteries have experienced new technology; the brain is still put together the same old way. Unless something like VLSI could happen in brains - why would that be? Also, intelligence is not condusive to large numbers of children. Are you saying the Octamom is an example of the new supermind? Guys I have met with many kids by different moms seem concerned about state efforts to make them pay to support their kids.
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    Apr 8 2013: I think as a pervasive rational/logical understanding of things diffuses throughout the world, all traits of aggressiveness will be lost and people will become much more passive.

    With increased passiveness, it is only a matter of time before the whole world is united.
  • Apr 8 2013: Check out The Intelligent Optimist - The Consciousness Conversations. The Intelligent Optimist magazine and website, formerly called Ode, addresses the next step in evolution as a transformation in awareness, not more of the same.
  • Apr 6 2013: as a father now and from the generation that i grew up in I’m seeing a lot of big "changes" or "evolving" or "adapting" no matter your word play in the last generation we have changed a lot! Evolving or adapting is all about getting the girl and procreate. In my generation it was all about big strong guys physical stature got the girls it didn’t matter if they were idiots as long as the were big and strong and could push the plow or lift the car. Now all of a sudden for the first time probably ever size of body means nothing now its about the fast thinker the geek the programer thanks to people like Gates its the little geek with the fast brain that’s desirable look around you and you will see what I mean
  • Apr 6 2013: Our brains are smaller than some earlier humans. Someone will tell me it's more complicated than that and that a little computer is better than a big computer with the same technology? Read Big Brain the book first. Why would we get better and why would we have to get better? Evolution does not always mean bigger or better. Lord knows what will be most important. Bigger ears - better to hear others talking about you. Better tolerance of high fructose corm syrup. Who knows? How about better tolerence of heat and pollution, etc.?
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      Apr 8 2013: You are correct. Think about technology. The size of phones has decreased dramatically, yet the processing power and battery life have improved substantially. I believe that this is what is happening with the brain.
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    Apr 5 2013: .
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    We have to evolve an instinct to avoid "invalid happiness".
    Otherwise, we can not survive soon.
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    (For details, see the 1st article, points 1-3, 14, at
    https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=D24D89AE8B1E2E0D&id=D24D89AE8B1E2E0D%21283&sc=documents)
  • Apr 4 2013: the only problem i have wit human evolution r the giant gaps . they only show extreme changes. It doesnt work that way. one outside force that can cause a genetic mutation are gama ray bursts. if earth happen to catch a lil gamma from a collapsed star juss b4 it turns into a neutron star we'd all be green and ticked off all the time..jk
  • Apr 4 2013: Hopefully we will drop our "animalistic" tendencies, and start acting like humane beings?

    That way we can once and for all live in peace and unity and not harm one another!!
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    Apr 4 2013: Economics will be governing the 'next'. Phenotypic evolution is only relevent if we can avert a Malthusian collapse. This may help.
    http://articles.businessinsider.com/2011-12-28/markets/30564226_1_population-infinity-growth
  • Apr 4 2013: Evolution involves adapting to a changing environment. It would be impossible to predict evolution without knowing the future environment. So far, futurism is not much more accurate than astrology.

    We do know that the back and the knees could be improved upon.
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    Apr 4 2013: Evolution happens over eons, but within the next few generations we'll take control over our own genome with technology. so we'll become whatever we want and whatever we can imagine.
  • Apr 4 2013: Could we reasonably consider evolution as creation in slow motion?

    Who among all humans beings are capable of accurately describing the future of what humans cannot control?

    it's good to imagine, but being non-omniscient humans we are relegated to the opinions-only section of observers!
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    Apr 4 2013: We don't 'evolve', we only adapt. We will continue to adapt to changing circumstances, but will remain as human as we always were.

    :-)
    • Apr 4 2013: y dont we evolve? all species evolve at some point in time.what would make us special besides our capacity for tools and writing?
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        Apr 4 2013: because evolution would debunk Peter's biblical beliefs that humans were the first species to be here with a special purpose endowed by God
        • Apr 4 2013: as far as im concerned the universe was endowed by god for the purpose of life to perpetuate itself.were just the present day form on our little spot of paradise.
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        Apr 4 2013: Right,

        Well in that case I have nothing more to add. After all who am I to question God
        • Apr 4 2013: thats what your suppose to do. me personally, I dont put all my faith in the bible. i do believe in jesus .i think adam and eve is a deep metaphore for humans. I accept sciences explanation of the universe but theres obviously much more depth to this rabbit hole so i dont put all my faith in what most scientists would tell me with certainty about what is and what isnt.
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        Apr 5 2013: Hi Nathan.
        Looking around, I see nothing evolving into anything else. Some scientists think we did in the past, some don't. There is no hard evidence, only opinions.

        Difficult to see why you would put faith in Jesus, but not in the bible. Jesus trusted the bible.

        :-)
        • Apr 5 2013: you don't see it because you are indifferent to the idea. its a nonstop process who's effectsl can only be seen over great expanses of time.
  • Apr 4 2013: is there any evidence of physical alterations since the first homosapiens began.
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    Apr 4 2013: Human nature does not evolve. Habits, capabilities and physical characteristics evolve, but the human heart is unchanged from generation to generation. Only love can change a heart from stone to flesh. God is love [First John 4:8-KJV The Holy Bible].
    • Apr 4 2013: For some reason your answer lifted my spirits......Thank you Ed.