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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 08:43 PM

There have been a number of speculations lately concerning the eventual form humankind will take, particularly with regards to the role technology plays in our lives and how this could reshape our physical and mental selves.

http://www.guardian....ion-next-stages

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 10:38 AM

View PostStill Waters, on 10 July 2013 - 08:43 PM, said:

There have been a number of speculations lately concerning the eventual form humankind will take, particularly with regards to the role technology plays in our lives and how this could reshape our physical and mental selves.

http://www.guardian....ion-next-stages

they forgot to mention an option i think is much more likely: we will just "become one" with machines. Self-induced evolutionary process, if you will....


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Posted 11 July 2013 - 10:49 AM

Well an interesting topic, and one that can be speculated on endlessly, but heres 5 Signs Humans Are Still Evolving, and how

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"But not only are we still evolving, we're doing so even faster than before. In the last 10,000 years, the pace of our evolution has sped up 100 times, creating more mutations in our genes, and more natural selections from those mutations. Here are some clues that show humans are continuing to evolve.

And point number 4 on the following list states our brains are shrinking!!!

"While we may like to believe our big brains make us smarter than the rest of the animal world, our brains have actually been shrinking over the last 30,000 years. The average volume of the human brain has decreased from 1,500 cubic centimeters to 1,350 cubic centimeters, which is equivalent to a chunk the size of a tennis ball.

Now for the list:

http://mentalfloss.c...-still-evolving

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 11:56 AM

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 01:03 PM

Creatures evolve to suit their habitat.  I won't be surprised in a couple of thousand years if we look like the Asguard from Stargate.  Unless something drastic happens and we lose technology.  We don't have any threats which would make us evolve over time.  Especially something like colour changing skin, which is a defensive trait.  We don't need it, though it will probably become possible through genetic augmentation. That's how Humankind will evolve, we will augment ourselves with technology,


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Posted 11 July 2013 - 06:43 PM

View PostJacques Terreur, on 11 July 2013 - 10:38 AM, said:

they forgot to mention an option i think is much more likely: we will just "become one" with machines. Self-induced evolutionary process, if you will....

It begins...

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 06:48 AM

View PostDark_Grey, on 11 July 2013 - 06:43 PM, said:

It begins...


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Posted 12 July 2013 - 11:54 AM

god, i hope it's wings, as hovercars & jetpacks are taking too damn long!
bloody lazy scientists.....
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Posted 12 July 2013 - 11:57 AM

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It begins...

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won't be too bad if they all look like seven of nine.....
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Posted 12 July 2013 - 12:09 PM

View Postshrooma, on 12 July 2013 - 11:57 AM, said:

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won't be too bad if they all look like seven of nine.....
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hehe, Ive always like a couple of things about seven of nine... can you guess? :lol:


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Edited by seeder, 12 July 2013 - 12:12 PM.

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 12:16 PM

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hehe, Ive always like a couple of things about seven of nine... can you guess? :lol:


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i've always had one BIG thing about her seeder!
but if we WERE to become borg-like in the future, i should imagine that the next world war will be fought between the makers of viagara & duracell.....
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Posted 12 July 2013 - 12:22 PM

No1 on your list would seem to counter this argument pretty well seeder-
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http://www.unexplain...howtopic=250971
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which i knew was never in doubt.....

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 12:29 PM

Considering the kinds of mysterious surprises our dear Universe has proven to have up its sleeves... I'm sure it won't be "just" change in shape or size of any one or more body parts. Consider a universe filled with an energy soup right after the big bang, observed by an imaginary body-less observer, just so we can relate. How exotic, compared to that soup, may I ask, is the that far unheard-of matter. And when you've had all these loose particles, how much of a surprise when you find, for the first time in the history of the entire universe, particles combining to form atoms, once believed to be indivisible. Having had loose atoms flying around for billions of years, imagine the surprise of our observer when it finds that these atoms are able to further combine to form stars and galaxies. What a view. All from that soup. What an evolutionary step when a staggering variety of heavier elements are further created, not only that they join and become larger and heavier, they will exhibit all kinds of different properties. When you've observed all these stars, planets and galaxies for a few billion years and I said to you that the next evolutionary step would be this matter becoming able to grow by itself, even move by itself? BS, you say. I've observed the laws of physics for billions of years, no such thing what you're saying. Then I say: haven't you learned by now that the universe keeps creating stuff that beats any kind of anticipation? Yes, here we are, we have life. Watching life for a few billions of years, what kind of imagination does it take to predict that this life, or, in essence matter, or even just energy fields, becomes conscious of itself? Yet here we are, wondering about who we are, where we come from and where we are going. It takes a sad person to guess that all there is left in this universe is physical evolution. That the next great mysterious step will be. . . . . a smaller brain. Really?? Is that our best guess? After all this? It would be a wasted universe. Would it not?

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 12:31 PM

i think jacques' point is probably the most valid though- us humans are a pretty impatient bunch, and we're not going to hang around for thousands of years waiting for mother nature to gift us with super-tough cyborg bodies when we can do the job ourselves in a fraction of the time.....
(and who WOULDN'T want to be as cool as Motoko Kusanagi...?)
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Posted 12 July 2013 - 12:34 PM

View Postshrooma, on 12 July 2013 - 12:22 PM, said:

No1 on your list would seem to counter this argument pretty well seeder-
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http://www.unexplain...howtopic=250971
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which i knew was never in doubt.....

hehe, off topic but...

Ever fancied trying GAGA ice creams?  ( Not Lady gaga)

"One from the chest freezer: Restaurant sells breast milk ice cream"

When a well-stocked ice cream parlour says they sell every flavour, there are usually limits.

But one restaurant in London is selling breast milk ice cream which is being served to customers in a cocktail glass.

http://www.dailymail...-Baby-Gaga.html


I wonder if seven of nine understands "bitty"



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