Are We De-Volving?

February 13, 2007 at 1:22 am | Posted in Atheism, Beliefs, evolution, Religion, technology, What if? | 5 Comments

Evolution.  I really wanted this (next) sentence to say something like; we all know the basic theory, right?  Unfortunately it is amazing how many people completely and utterly discount this theory when they don’t have even the most basic understanding of how it works.  I’m not going to educate anyone here and now, but I would strongly urge you to educate yourselves a bit. 

A major component of the evolutionary process is survival of the fittest.  That means in any population, individuals that are most fit to survive in their environment are those that produce the most offspring.  That might mean the most physically attractive, most intelligent, maybe the strongest.   This process is working well in every species except our own.   

The modern world we live in is not our (humans) natural environment, and this artificial environment seems to have changed the rules.  The fittest among us, the most intelligent, resourceful, physically fit, just to mention a few qualities that would be desirable contributions to the gene pool, with the aid of modern technology are choosing to produce the fewest offspring.   

There are, of course, exceptions to every rule, but in general those individuals making lots of babies, are opposite of what will continue to improve and enhance our species.  If this trend continues, and I suspect it will, what will humans be like in the future?  Will we be a bunch of overweight, physically and intellectually challenged people?  Will it matter?  Will technology have reached such a peak that we no longer need to think or act on our own behalves?  Perhaps the only skill required of us will be the ability to plug into a thought module which will guide us through our daily activities, whatever those might be.

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  1. i usually would agree with you. in an enlightened sense of what humans could be and reach it seems we do the old “one step forward and two back” and leave out the first part.
    but by looking around in the environment that we actually do create the old rule (and it’s an old rule as not the fittest individuals survive but the most adapted genes) still applies. isn’t live smoother if you don’t think? aren’t you happier if you just can sit in front of your tv instead of having to struggle to write a novel or paint a painting? the future homo sapiens unitedstates will most probably weigh 300 pounds and be strapped to a multifunctional lazy boy with remote control and iv tubes and food and air quality will be so low that an old-fashioned health nut would drop dead if eating or breathing anyways.

  2. the future homo sapiens unitedstates will most probably weigh 300 pounds and be strapped to a multifunctional lazy boy with remote control and iv tubes and food and air quality will be so low that an old-fashioned health nut would drop dead if eating or breathing anyways.

    ROFL!

  3. Maybe we’ve been devolving since the creation, seeings the majority of mutations are harmful and those that are not are not useful for evolution in the long run anyways.
    Maybe – and this fits better with science than evolution – natural selection has been simply sorting existing genetic information, not increasing it.
    The only change to the complexity of organisms is towards the simpler, not the more complex.

  4. […] on to Your Vaginas (they could be outlawed) What is going on in this world?  Are We De-Volving?  There must be some epidemic that restricts blood flow to the brain as surely anyone with average […]

  5. I wish this wasn’t such an old post. The latest fallacy non-scientist Christians like to point to is “information.”

    Fredericky isn’t as wise as he thinks.


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