Extraordinary Abilities: Imagining The Potential Evolutionary Development of Human Beings
Evolution is certainly a continuous, ongoing process and therefore invariably human beings would continue to evolve. However, perhaps the degree of evolution may not be as rapid as it has been. One reason is that humans have been in contact with technology and therefore evolution is not straightforward as in nature. Humans would undoubtedly continue to evolve but one has to factor in the introduction of medical technology and choices that individual humans choose to make based on that technology. Humans were naturally selected all these years, but would they continue to be?
When humans have the power to alter evolution, would evolution still be what it was and would it continue in the path that it was supposed to take? For example, medical advances are enabling people, who would have died before bearing offspring, to live to their 60s and 70s. Now, natural selection isn't at play here. Man has intervened and changed the equation through existing technologies and can through future genetic manipulation. So, you have genes that wouldn't have been naturally selected, passing on to the next generation. What effect would something like this have?? These are some questions to consider.
However, assuming that humans choose not to play God, future evolution of humans is interesting to imagine. How would humans evolve? There would be some intervention of technology of course - that can't be avoided. For example, people undergoing plastic surgery and fooling potential mates that their genes are in fact much better than they actually are.
Taking all that into account, lets imagine the future evolution of humans. One of the possibilities put forward is that the human brain can grow bigger in the future. The familiar image of the "alien" comes to mind when you talk of a bigger brain. Can humans look like that thousands of years into the future?? The human brain has grown, scientists say, three times to the size that it is today and they say that with the present design, it is unlikely to grow further. Also, a bigger brain would require a bigger heart to keep powering it. So, if we need more memory power, perhaps we might need to pair up with a computer (as in interfacing with them).
The talk of humans possibly developing extraordinary abilities is exciting. Things like telepathy, clairvoyance, extrasensory perception, etc are exciting to think about, but its hard to imagine how evolution could produce any of those extraordinary abilities. Those are not abilities that are essential for survival (at least not now) so I don't think humans would evolve those extraordinary capabilities as a result of evolution.
Perhaps, technology could enable humans to have some of those abilities in the future, but not evolution. As far as looks are concerned, its unlikely humans would look very different from how they look now, unless of course the gravity of the Earth changes or some other significant changes occur. I am no scientist by the way and I am open to being corrected on any of the things I've stated above. My view is based on what I've read thus far and it would be interesting to hear something different from a scientist particularly.
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