What next in evolution? Well...that would almost entirely depend on whether there are any major climatic changes on Earth. Insects and other animals are successful and well adopted to their environments :yes; they don't need to evolve now: yes, but can they adopt to some extreme and even sudden climatic changes in the future is the question. Other than Primates, I don't see any other species equipped to evolve too much in the future.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep... and miles to go before I sleep ~Robert Frost
My species is incapable of space flight on our own. This is the trade off we make for the chance to see the galaxy
Posted 28 August 2006 - 05:40 PM
Then that would have to be within the next few years. I fully believe the next form of intelligence to be on Earth will be created by man. We're not far off.
You do have a point. Our machines are capechalating our own evolution at a fanominal rate. They'll exceed our own intellegence in a short time. They've already exceeded us in brut strength. So when they start to think well you've got a potential new domant species.
I always hope for the best. Experience, unfortunately, has taught me to expect the worst.
“Experience is not what happens to you. It is what you do with what happens to you.”
Posted 28 August 2006 - 08:14 PM
Compared to all animals, i'd say. Put a naked modern man against any naked animal of the same size and he's pretty well subject to failure in a battle of wits, strength, etc etc. Even if he was to try and capture a small one, he'd probably fail. Humans rely completely on their technology these days, there is barely a soul who could live without it. Unfortunately i believe because of this human evolution will create a weaker and weaker human, physically and mentally, as he is forced to reply on computers or tools to work for him.
I don't feel the naked human has less wits than an animal. The traits that set us apart is the fact that we have superior powers to reason, adapt and apply deductive logic. Humans can triumph over an animal by using tools to build snares, traps, weapons and shelter.
The racial memories of our more primative times would allow many humans to survive in the wild. In hindsight I found much of my military survival training to be little more than basic common sense.
Many of us only wish to discuss the possibilities.