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Are Humans De-Evolving?

Updated on March 3, 2013

Turkey Chick

Instinct: A Lost Art?
Instinct: A Lost Art? | Source

Animals

Any other animal on our planet depends on its eyes, ears, nose and physical being to survive. These combined with an instinct inbred to them over thousands of years, assist them to survive and evolve.

Their hearing, sight and sense of smell enable them to either detect predators or find prey.

Their physical abilities enable them to either escape predators or catch prey.

When their adversaries evolve better, they either evolve as well or become extinct.

Some young Turkeys were taken straight from being hatched, to a pen separate from their mother. After a few days, in which time they had no contact with any animal an experiment was done. A cross was passed over their pen to cast a shadow. When the long part of the cross was to the front, giving a shadow similar to perhaps a Goose, there was no reaction from the young Turkeys. When the short part of the cross was to the front, giving a shadow of perhaps a Hawk, the young Turkeys became anxious and started running around.

The young birds had had no contact with adult birds; they were acting on instinct inbred to them and passed on by generations.

Monkey-Man-Robot

Evolution?
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Humans

We are losing the benefit of all our senses. Technology is taking over.

We no longer use our eyes in the same way. Many today are shortsighted but these days we look at everything through glass. We use telescopes and binoculars to see far, microscopes to see near and look at the glass panels of televisions, monitors and cell phones. In generations from now, they will all be far sighted, not being able to see anything that isn’t glass in front of their eyes.

We no longer use our sense of smell for what it was intended. We cover natural smells and overpower ones we do not like; eventually we could lose that sense entirely.

Our ears are covered in headphones or stuffed with ear plugs. We no longer listen for natural warning noises that danger may be approaching.

Our limbs are getting weaker. We sit in front of monitors or TVs, not even moving to change channel. We use mechanical transport at every opportunity. Every task that we used to do with our natural abilities has had a technical assistant created to assist us.

Technology is changing all the time. This means that what we experience today will be different for our children and so experience [or instinct] is unable to be passed from one generation to the next. Our instincts have already died as an evolutionary tool.

Solar Flare

The Start to Our Extinction?
The Start to Our Extinction? | Source

Mind

OK you say but our minds are developing. How?

Yes we have technology and we know how to use it but as a species, do we individually know how to create it?

We are not getting smarter and if you don’t believe me look at the school examination standards today and compare them with forty years ago.

Technology allows us to progress further and do more things but as individuals, without technology, we can do far less today than we could in the past.

Our species will not become extinct because of some natural disaster or alien invasion. Our species has already started the process of our own species suicide.

A single solar flare, bringing all our technology to a halt, would lead to our inability to feed ourselves, cloth ourselves or heal ourselves: we would be at the mercy of nature. Predators, that have continued to evolve, would suddenly have a new prey, one that had no instinct for survival and no physical powers to defend themselves: humans.

We have already lost most of the natural abilities that we gained over thousands and thousands of years of evolution. We will probably lose the rest over the next couple of generations.

Technology is not helping mans evolution, it is hampering it.

Evolution is the advancement of a species through it’s inter- action with other natural animals and natural elements, without outside interference such as technology.

We, as a species, are de-evolving at a rate many times faster than that with which we evolved.

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      tj 5 years ago

      In nature, only the strongest and smartest of the herd do the breeding, thus advancing the species. In humans the opposite is true... the strongest and smartest are choosing not to breed, thus being overtaken by the weak and stupid... devolving our species.

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      Nikola 5 years ago

      While its impossible to "De-evolve" I admit humanity is reverting.

      We are losing our molars due to a diet of processed foods, by the generation are getting taller *if not more idiotic*, Our brains are shrinking due to the constant glare of screens and our lessened need for them.

      Lets face it at this rate in 100 years we will all be dead. Either from our own stupidity, nuclear arms or we keep reverting to the point where we couldn't even function without aide *mechanical or otherwise*

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      Marie V Stephens 6 years ago from New Mexico

      "Our species has already started the process of our own species suicide". I could not agree with this more! I also believe that technology is distancing us and harming our communication skills. Well written! Voting up.

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      skellie 6 years ago from Adelaide

      The human has become lazy and forget the old ways of doing things. I agree with somethblue - pick up a pen instead of a computer, read a paperback novel, go out and get some sunshine instead of creating pretend farm worlds on facebook! Today has become so fast paced, that people forget what they did before technology. This has led us to a broken generation who do not use the brains they were born with. I am not sure that I would call it de-evolving but perhaps we are breeding a generation of emotionless humans, who believe that life is automatic and they should be handed things on a platter. There is something to be said for going back to basics!

      Great hub

      Cheers Skellie

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      scottcgruber 6 years ago from USA

      I disagree entirely. Humans are co-evolving with both culture and technology. Natural evolutionary mechanisms have been overtaken by the much swifter forces in human society. Through these cultural and technological forces, we have overcome diseases, domesticated plants and animals, and removed the barriers of distance that normally would lead to speciation between differing populations.

      This is not a recent development with the advent of computers and mobile phones. It dates back before the industrial revolution or movable type or the advent of mathematics. Our first forays into technology - inventing fire for cooking, making spear tips for hunting, dividing of labor, plowing fields to plant seeds - were the first steps down this path of cultural/technological evolution, and I would argue that they are the very things that allowed us to survive as a species.

      We are not de-evolving. We are evolving, just through different mechanisms.

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      gogogo 6 years ago

      Very interesting , lots to think about.

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      rafken 6 years ago from The worlds my oyster

      Evan G Rogers - I think you miss the point. It isn't that we stop evolving, its just that we continue to evolve in a backward direction.

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      Evan G Rogers 6 years ago from Dublin, Ohio

      To claim that humans can "de-evolve" is to suggest that evolution has some sort of end-point that it aims for.

      This isn't true at all. Evolution just "is". It's like gravity: it doesn't have a goal in mind, it just does its thing.

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      diogenes 6 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Ha Perhaps the turkeys were atheists!

      I am sure man has been "devolving" physically ever since we ceased to be hunter-gathers...perhaps one day, like science fiction has suggested, we'll just become brains having lost the use for our bodies.

      Interesting hub

      Bob

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      somethgblue 6 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      That and the lack of education is incredible, not only are we devolving we are getting down right dumb. Critical thinking is a thing of the past, humans have been conditioned to allow others to do their thinking for them.

      TV allows humans to be conditioned into believing what they are told to believe and this has been happening for generations.

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      CWanamaker 6 years ago from Arizona

      That's right, technology and convenience are destroying humanity. We will likely eventually lead ouselves to our own demise. Some very interesting things to think about.

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