How evolution works

Fiberman wsun at jeeves.ucsd.edu
Fri Jun 10 14:26:32 EST 1994


In article <9406081620.AA06308 at pclsp2> vinz at PCLSP2.KUICR.KYOTO-U.AC.JP (Vincenzo Nardi-Dei) writes:
>
>Given the fact that in most parts of the world, in the 21st century
>society, seems that there is no more genetic evolution in the
>human race and that the human race can not emprouve more due to
>the lack of a real selective pressure, and it is even possible that
>it get worse, it seems to me that times are mature to start thinking
>on becoming immortals.
>
>:-)
>
>Vincenzo


Are you saying that human beings cannot be improved?  Has nature
produced her finest organisms?   This is an interesting
assertion.  However, we must keep in mind that evolution occurs
on a time scale of millions of years.  For example, imagine that
there is a food shortage in the future and human beings must
compete more intensely to survive.  In this case, perhaps only
the strongest or most intelligent could survive.  Isn't this
evolution at work?  I am not implying that intelligence is soley
genetic based, but it is likely to be true to a certain degree.
Just as we are evolved from apes, I believe humans of the
distant future could be more highly intelligent than present
humans.  

-fm





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