So what else could evolution do for us?

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  1. PsychoticEpisode It is very dry in here today Valued Senior Member

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    Do We Need to Evolve Any Further?

    Does a tool making creature such as ourselves need to further evolve physiologically? Our adaptive abilities include inventiveness to deal with necessity. If I need to be warm then there are many ways I can do this and survive without evolving a fur coat. So in essence what I'm asking is: if we can artificially produce adaptive measures and processes to survive then are we effectively going to slow down the physical evolution of our species?

    Have we reached a pinnacle of physical change? Are we more likely to have our appearance change subtly in the upcoming centuries or can we expect evolution to drastically alter our form? Since we don't need to evolve certain physical traits for some conditions then is it forseeable that our physiology will stagnate? Or are there physiological changes necessary for even a successfully adaptive creature to survive?

    What kind of adaptive change do you think would benefit us in the future? Eyesight? Smell? or an extra pair of hands?

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  5. Michael 歌舞伎 Valued Senior Member

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    I imagine that the next cool stage in our evolution will be when people want to experience new sensations, say with antennae, at first these will be mechanical plugins. They'll be cool - like tattoos. Someone will make them biological implants - which will work better. Eventually people will think their children need these too. Then genetically code for them and wa la evolution.
     
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  7. tuberculatious Banned Banned

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    didn't dolphins get some swimming adapations? sonar, fins and such. they are just waiting for gills at the moment. join the queue i would say. I want them too. and i am first.
     
  8. tuberculatious Banned Banned

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    so can scientists predict when dolphins and whales will get gills or is biology one of those inexact sciences like social sciecnes?
     
  9. Gustav Banned Banned

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    ask not what evolution can do for you but what you can do for evolution

    we define the algorithm
    we direct evolution
     
  10. ejderha Exhausted Registered Senior Member

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    May be we could develop a new mental defense mechanism against the fear of death. So that we would perceive concepts like mortality, creator, freedom or eternity in a different way. :xctd: By a different way, I mean, may be we could cope with them better in the far far future, if we still exist though. I personally believe, the idea of god is something evolved between our primal fears and need of staying sane. So in my imagination, the future might be free of any kind of religion. He he,

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    Wouldn't that be fine? Children would be studying religion as we study some ancient ones today. What an utopia. I wish we would lessen the need of sleep first.

    Wings are a good idea. In one of Le Guin's books, there was a race like that. I think it was in "Changing Planes". But there was complications in the society as one of the races couldn't fly.
     
  11. Dywyddyr Penguinaciously duckalicious. Valued Senior Member

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    I once came across a reference to something called intelligence.
    Do you think it's useful or that we'll ever get it?
     
  12. Dywyddyr Penguinaciously duckalicious. Valued Senior Member

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    Do you think people will evolve away from believing there's a "pinnacle" to evolution?
     
  13. Orleander OH JOY!!!! Valued Senior Member

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    I think our thumbs will get longer and our ability to stretch our fingers wider will be next. What with keyboarding and texting, the speed of which you can do it will become desirable attributes. Big hands are gonna be the new sexy feature and its what us women will desire in a mate.
     
  14. GeoffP Caput gerat lupinum Valued Senior Member

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  15. tuberculatious Banned Banned

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    i think we will all get hypermetabolisms because only those people will be able to survive the enriched fat/sugar diet we are currently enjoying.
     
  16. spidergoat Liddle' Dick Tater Valued Senior Member

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    They will never get gills.
     
  17. GeoffP Caput gerat lupinum Valued Senior Member

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    Not with attitudes like that, they won't.

    Anyway: have we as a species "given up"? Are our allele frequencies just floating around under near 100% drift, <deleted> us over constantly? My suspicion is yes. If so, what should we be doing about it? Massive, widespread gene therapy and replacement? Works for me. Oh, and someone will now mention ethics. Well, <deleted> ethics.

    "Hey, do you like apples? You like apples? Well, I just wiped out leukemia. What do you think of them apples?"
     
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