An example of transcending is going from cavemen who say "Uhg" and stuff to a complex race like we are now. We are transcending everyday we become something that exceeds what we were... greater, more intellectual, etc.
Can this, in any way, be related to a type of "evolution"?
Of course! Over millions of years, our brain became bigger. Consequently we can learn more things. But big brain without learning doesn't give much intellectual capacities, like children raised by wolves. Those children behave exactly like wolves.
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Posted 29 July 2004 - 12:59 PM
I find what you are talking about to be covered by the word evolution not transending. I find transending to be more used for describing the transition to another form of life, maybe going to heaven or becoming a spirit. Not that i believe in that.
I agree that transcending would imply something more than simply going beyond your expectations. Even in a purely physical sense, it would only be used to describe an event previously deemed impossible (such as the three minute mile), rather than simply an athlete progressing above the training he previously had.
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Posted 30 July 2004 - 04:56 AM
Well....It couldn't be regarded as evolution, because the mutations are not going to be expressed in the majority of the species through natural selection....they're more like random mutations that will die with the mutant than any major step forward.
In order for a characteristic to fall into the concept of evolution, it would need to be expressed over a period of time. Of course, this is all hypothetical anyway, but I don't see the X-Men contributing in any way to even cause the slightest ripple in the human gene pool.
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