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Do you think mankind has stopped evolution?

The ideas of Charles Darwin greatly described how complex species evolved from simple organisms, However, Homo sapiens sapiens has a peculiar feature: its thinking ability. Do you think that, due to our intellectual advance that made us able to fabricate glasses, vaccines, wheel-chair, hearing-devices, prostatic legs, bioengineered hearts, etc., we are "stopping" the process of evolution?

When we invent such things, we are making life possible to people who wouldn't naturally survive without them. But to you think we already got to a point where natural selection of human beings has stopped (or at least significantly slowed)?

I believe it's hard to have a concrete answer, since Men have existed for a very short period of time considering all the evolution process, but what is your opinion on the subject?


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    Aug 3 2011: i think we have stopped or at least greatly inhibited natural selection, which is the basis for evolution, however with advanced science we are selecting what we want to select...it is no longer survival of the fittest, it is survival of what the humans allow.

    I feel this is to our detrement (and quite controversially too) I would like people reading this to understand that this is my opinion and be accepting of any differences we have in opinion.

    Think of people carrying *bad* genes, who are genetically disabled or have a genetic illness, by allowing them to live and then reproduce and thefore pass on these genes we are disabling the generations to come, our own worst enemy. medicines allowing people with genetic disorders to llive to maturity are brilliant when looking at the here and now but as evolution goes...we'll end up wiping ourselves out
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      Aug 3 2011: Exactly!
    • Aug 5 2011: Well eventually selecting prime genes from people's DNA will be affordable and bad genes won't matter.
    • Aug 5 2011: There's still genetic engineering. As long as we manage to survive long enough for that technology to be used reliably on arbitrary genes (or combinations thereof), we can just *fix* most genetic diseases. It'll be our duty.

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