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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 23 2013: To begin, I disagree with your list of survival mechanisms. I think what you're describing are some of the benefits of competitive advantages, not the causes. The causes seem to be primarily cosmetic; taller, more even featured, leaner vs. short, ugly and fat. That's how we typically view the modern ideal and studies show that these ideal individuals are rewarded with better grades, better jobs and higher incomes.

    Putting that aside, whatever form humanity evolves into will be as grateful for the transformation as we are that we aren't Homo Erectus.

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