I posted this on Facebook, but thought it may have been better suited for this crowd..
I often used to wonder where evolution would take us, seeing as homo-sapiens have only been separate from other primates for 100K-200K years, and we have changed noticeably in that time period. I would imagine where ‘humans’ would be in another 200K years. I say ‘humans’ because I wonder if we will still even be considered homo-sapien or if we will be too drastically different. Now I am beginning to think that we may be the final evolutionary step on Earth, because we no longer adapt to suit our surroundings, instead our surroundings are adapted to suit us. In another 100K years the only evolutionary step we will have made is the ability to better run off highly processed and synthetic foods, and much more efficient at using oxygen (as there will be alot less for everyone) The only way for our evolution to continue further is through a complete collapse of technology or being forced to live in a much different habitat (like another planet) while again having limited technological resources. Which will triumph the test of time? Technology or nature? Unfortunately we will never know, but if I could ask one question of the future (like, way distant future) that would be it. Though I have a feeling I know the answer. Our universe was once an empty expanse of open void, with complete nothingness extending on infinitely, and, I think, eventually, it will be again..
I think if we continued evolving naturally we would evolve into something like a higher dimensional non-humanoid, where the Consciousness is so present and self-sustaining (like a star) that it no longer needs the body to support it and so your existence enters the astral realm. The Buddhist idea of Nirvana.
Species are always mutating and changing, and in that sense, evolution will always occur. However, the forces causing our evolution are more social than survival – trends and fashions which influence who breeds with who. These influences are disparate and contradictory, and I believe they will have no real overbearing influence on our species’ future path. Only when “survival of the fittest” is implemented does evolution have something powerful enough from which to derive power. I can imagine a time, a few millennia in the future, when the human population is larger than it is now by factors of ten, when there will again be a struggle for resources, when evolution will return to be a significant force. However, right now, it is not survival of the fittest, it is survival of everyone – and as such, the blade of evolution has been blunted.
@tweibaby, I’ve heard that we’re exiting the stage of homo-sapiens, and entering the stage of homo-evolutis. We are reaching the point that we no longer have to wait to evolve, we can grab the reins and choose how we evolve, using genetics and stem cells, or technology.
There are two ways to see humans when it comes to evolution.
1. We are so the most highly evolved animal on earth we bend nature to our will
2. We are incredibly weak evolutionary wise. Our immune system is weak and our rate of reproduction is low too. We have to make artificial environments for ourselves to merely survive.