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Ahmed Ben Yaghlen

Student, Youth & Science Association of Tunisia

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Does evolution destroy us?

Evolution occurs when a mutation is beneficial to survival right? Well with us humans, we have civilizations and surviving in our time means being educated and getting a job and making money. Well could the next stage of our evolution be us merging with technology to make us more efficient? Or on a scarier thought, could we create computers and robots that surpass us, take us all out, and those robots continuously build more robots that surpass the last in an exponential growth of inteligence?Could that be the future of human evolution?


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  • Jun 19 2013: You are confusing Darwinian Evolution with Lamarckian Evolution. The first is change driven by random mutation and selected by environmental factors and the second is acquired traits developed over a lifetime being transmitted to offspring. Ignoring epigenetics (supression of certain gene expression based on environmental factors) for the moment, Larmarckian evolution has been widely disproven.
    Now, if you want to become Borg, that's one thing, but I wouldn't call it evolution.

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