November 20, 2011 at 8:54 pm #15715
I think I am the next step in human evolution. I will list some of the reasons that I believe this:
– I age much slower than anyone else I know. My bone structure, amount of facial/body hair, and social reasoning ability are all at the level of a 17 year old, whereas I am currently 20 years old. I have always lagged behind my peers physically and I have reason to believe that this will continue throughout my lifetime causing me to live and retain youthfulness for longer. Recent studies have found specific mutations in many different species that produce this slow-aging effect; it has been found in humans aswell but is extremely rare.
– I am more intelligent than most other humans. My intellect has granted me the title of "gifted", and has often left me feeling out of place with people my age. I think in very theoretical terms and am very capable with logical thinking. My mind works faster than I can express myself, thus leading to difficulty in conversation and writing, but causing me to excel in other areas such as math and computer programming.
– I am much taller than the average human. I am 6’4" which is a full foot taller than the mean of 5’4". I can draw parallels between less intelligent, (and now extinct) stocky Neanderthals and the taller, more intelligent (and very successful) Homo Sapiens.
– My immune system is superior. I spent a period of 6 months in South-east asia where everyone was wearing breathing masks due to rampant disease, and people were constantly getting sick. I got strep throat for a couple days but was otherwise healthy the whole time. I wasn’t playing it safe at all, everyone else who I was with got sick for long periods of time at one point or another. That’s the only time I’ve been ill in many years. The last time I got sick before that was when I was a child still in grade-school.
– My metabolism is much faster than most people. I (used to) eat greater amounts of food than a lot of people (even overweight people) and never seemed to gain weight. I’ve always been incredibly lean. Plus, I digest food faster than I’ve been told I should. I believe that superior uptake of minerals and nutrients into my cells may also contribute to the slow aging I described earlier.
– I am many times stronger than I look. As I’ve said, I’m very lean and I don’t have a lot of muscle mass. But I often surprise people with my level of strength and have even beaten boxers and other strong-looking people at arm wrestling and other feats of strength. A recent study on mice have found a mutation that allowed certain mutants to run up to 50% faster and for 20 minutes longer than orinary mice (20 minutes is a long time for an animal who’s maximum recored lifespan is 4 years). They didn’t require any more food and looked very much the same as the normal mice. Maybe this isn’t the same, but its evidence that simple genetic mutations can produce vastly superior physical traits.
– My eyesight is greater than average. I’ve never acually been tested exactly (because it’s been beneficial and never a problem), but I’m able to see things and read signs much further away than people even with "perfect" 20/20 vision.
I believe that human evolution is shifting towards a human of greater intelligence and longevity and I’m pretty sure I’m a stepping stone above the rest in the advancement of human evolution. I would like to share this with someone – preferably an evolutionary biologist or someone with equal knowledge of evolution. I would be happy to take part in studies to further human knowledge in this area, but am unsure about how to approach something like this. All I’m looking for here is input and discussion on this subject, and similar stories if anyone out there has one. Thanks for your time.
November 21, 2011 at 2:43 am #108260daniel.kurzParticipant
Hahahaha. We better lock you up before you take us all down.
November 21, 2011 at 7:29 am #108272
late pubescence and bighead, combination not seen often, is it?
If you’re so intelligent, are you already finished with University at your age? Did you do already some real research or just chating online?
If you’re so intelligent, you could use metric system as rest of the world. Anyway, I’m about 1.95 m (so probably even taller than you :lol:) and I’m not even extra tall in comparison to other people.
yep, I’ve spend 3 months in Japan during the bird-flu break and didn’t get sick either. I’m usually dressed little less than others, does that make me superior? Not really, just little weatherproof.
Since my childhood I’ve been said I must have tapeworm, since I eat so much and am so slight 😆 Am I superior? Cool! Although I think that’s rather disadvantage.
November 21, 2011 at 12:13 pm #108285
I had a lot of things typed up, but decided against it. There were also a lot of tangents. I will sum it all up into a sentence or two for each part. And do not take offense.
Aging slowly – Can be good or bad, but there is no evidence to suggest it is good, or that you are aging slowly. It also has to occur on a large scale, it will be unnoticeable otherwise. So it is irrelevant.
Intelligence – You lack other abilities which seem to be what our species requires. Intelligence is great for science, and therefore us if you accomplish anything, but it is irrelevant to us as a species otherwise. If you have both, that’s great for society, if you do anything with it.
Height – Good and bad, as well. Being taller seems to come with more cardiac problems, the heart works harder, though it more noticeable in those with gigantism. Being taller is irrelevant. Someone shorter than you can be more adaptive, and therefore you are maldaptive and inferior. Having more of something doesn’t mean you are better.
Immune system – Can be good or bad, having a superior one. Some theories suggests, for instance, have a tapewarm is an adaptive quality, because it lowers our immune system. It is believed that our immune systems are too powerful, currently. There are other theories with other parasites, bacteria, etc along with it. The immunology subject is really too large to be summarized to something this short (For instance, taking immunology in college would take you at least two semesters, depending).
Metabolism – Great, but can be good or bad. If the temperatures for the planet drop ~10C, that’s bad for you, because you need more weight, in general. Granted, humans live in houses/shelter. But still. There are other reasons for having some weight, but more for the ability to put on weight. Those with that capability are more adaptive than you. The reverse can be true, too. Reiterating… that’s not a step in evolution.
Strength – Irrelevant, again. It is impossible to say whether it is adaptive or maladaptive. It is great to have, but is it a progressive step, something that would become the norm in humans? Who knows. Unless there is a life-threatening reason for it, it won’t matter.
Eyesight – Is great, but irrelevant unless having a better eyesight than 20/20 is required. Again, not a step.
Evolution is more complicated than simply having better of something that we currently have. Unless there is a reason for having it, none of it matters. It does not mean you are superior to anyone. You could be inferior to someone shorter, less strength, etc.
Also, there are no steps in evolution in that way you use it, as everyone is a step toward evolution. It just matters what traits are needed to survive or not. Furthermore, nothing in evolution is fact or for certain. There is also no need to evolve, no force exerted by us or any other factor, nothing. It simply happens because the traits allow that individual to survive. Nothing is decided, either. Humans can be selective for traits, picking what they want, but as for evolution, it is irrelevant.
As for a personal touch – My father has a high IQ. My brother does as well. They are both considered geniuses. My mother is gifted. My IQ is superior to my family. My father is an engineer and major in the U.S. Army Reserve. My brother… is lazy. He does nothing but play video games. That is not a quality someone should find attractive. He is trying to go to community college in the spring, so at least that is a good thing.
As for myself, I am a lot of things, as stated in my sig. I enjoy science. I also enjoy anthropology. Intelligence is something I do not lack, but while great for my work and etc, what relevance does it have to being a new step in evolution? Of course, as I stated, all things are a step, but in particular, what is so great about my intelligence that it would be what our species depends on? Not much, really.
I am of average height, but I do not need to be taller, there is no reason for it. My immune system is fine, I rarely get sick, but does it make that much of a difference? I am not sure, really. Not as far as evolution is concerned, that is.
My metabolism is fine, but I put on weight. There’s reasons for it I won’t discuss at the moment, but does having a higher metabolism matter that much, without a reason for it? Not in our society.
And I could go on with all the traits that I have, all of them coming down to… Are they required for survival or not? Do my traits mater in the long run?
As a species, some anthropologists debate on whether we are evolving or not. Obviously we are, it’s always happening. But what I mean is how much of change. There isn’t really a need right now for any trait over the other. We’re pretty stagnant as a species. If we were out in the wild, evolution would be more obvious. But currently, with all that we have, there’s not that many large changes. Nothing that would majorly matter. At least in my opinion.
I guess it could all be down to… Why do you think any of those traits would be beneficial to a species?
November 22, 2011 at 6:37 am #108300quote JackBean:
I’ve only recently discovered that I fit the profile of a gifted person. I’ve spent most of my life isolating myself from others because I felt different and have always assumed I was bad or wrong or something. It turns out that almost every social problem I’ve ever had was due to the fact that my mental age was far ahead of my peers; if you google "problems gifted children face" you’ll find basically the definition of my entire childhood. I’ve never been able to fully utilize my potential because of many of these problems, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t have genetically impressive mental capabilities. I haven’t finished university; I actually dropped out because I found my classes too easy. I already know a lot of the information they teach in many subjects up to the 3rd year level and find it nearly impossible to sit through the really slow-paced lectures. I’m currently in the process of setting myself up as an entrepreneur and am planning on finishing my education on-line so that I can move at the faster speed that I naturally work at.quote JackBean:
Intelligence and the system of measurement I use have absolutely no correlation. I am Canadian, and we do use the metric system, however for some reason when we talk about our height we still use the imperial system. I am 1.93 metres tall, so yes you are slightly taller than me, well done. You say you aren’t tall compared to others? 95% of the world’s population is shorter than 190cm, which means that you and I are in the tallest 5%.quote JackBean:
Japan is a first-world country with vastly superior medical technology and expertise compared with Malaysia. Plus the bird flu really wasn’t the only concern while I was there, disease was everywhere and hygiene was terrible. But I only mentioned that trip because that is the only time I’ve been sick since I was a young child, and I wanted to explain the situation a little. I wasn’t trying to impress anyone by saying I survived a trip to South-East Asia.quote JackBean:
How is that a disadvantage? Having efficient nutrient intake is a very advantageous ability. There are some people that gain weight, and are unable to stay healthy despite eating healthy and exercising. I don’t really do either and yet I’ve got very low cholesterol, have a healthy body-mass index, low blood-pressure, etc. That doesn’t seem like an advantage?
November 22, 2011 at 8:28 am #108301quote ChesneMD:
Not at all! The only reason I came here was to have a discussion, the more you disagree the greater the learning opportunity. I’m glad you took the time to write so much.quote ChesneMD:
Aging slowly isn’t necessarily good for animal species, since overpopulation can lead to food shortages and eventually extinction of a species. This may eventually be the fate of humankind as well, but I’m optimistic and can see our species overcoming these limitations. Regardless, when I say "evolutionary step forward" I’m talking about desirable genetic advancements. Things that we would wish on ourselves. I suppose that this doesn’t exactly fit with the Darwinian definition of evolution, but we are a very different species than the other animals of this planet. How we evolve now (at least the way I see it) is really not for survival any more, but for our own betterment as individuals. If I look like a 30 year old when I’m 40, I will have much better chances of finding mates and passing on my genes. As for the lack of evidence that I myself am aging slowly, you’re right, I don’t really have any. I’ve recently watched a TED talk by Cynthia Kenyon who has discovered a simple genetic mutation existing in many species that has the potential to almost double lifespan (not just by delaying death, but actually slowing the aging process altogether). She found that certain human populations have this mutation and are generally the ones living to be older than 100. I don’t know for sure if this is relevant to the evolution of humankind, but I’d like to think it is.quote ChesneMD:
When you say I lack other abilities, what are you referring to? Was it the fact that I said that I have difficulty with conversation and writing? I guess I should have explained a little bit. I write better than most people I know, but I dislike it because there is no certainty whereas in mathematics and computer programming there is a clearly defined right and wrong. I also generally think of multiple things to write but can only get one thought down before another few ideas crop up. So even though I can write well, I don’t write to the standard I wish I could. And as for conversation, I have amazing discussions with the few people I know who are intelligent enough to keep up with me, but most people just make small-talk and really aren’t that interesting, it’s them who I have trouble talking to. Again, you mention that it’s irrelevant for us as a species, but is it really? We have put ourselves on a path that seems very likely to end in the extinction of most species on earth, including us. The only foreseeable way off of this path is for us to figure out how to overcome it. We need to learn and discover and think to survive. We may one day expand to other planets in order to combat problems like overpopulation and dwindling resources. Even before we can accomplish this we will likely need to find solutions to other issues that will plague us further in the future. These are things that we need great intellect for, and I believe that we need to become smarter as a species to make these dreams a reality.quote ChesneMD:
You’re totally right, the height thing really doesn’t have many evident advantages. I guess I just mentioned it because it’s one more thing that sets me apart, and I’m really just curious if it has any ties to the other traits I’ve mentioned. I wasn’t trying to say that I’m better I was just looking for input as to whether or not this was significant.quote ChesneMD:
I confess I don’t know a whole lot about immunology, but I have a hard time believing that one can have too powerful an immune system. The greater the immune system, the fewer the diseases, the higher the rate of survival, no?quote ChesneMD:
Yes, if the temperature of the planet drops 10 degrees, then a lot of shit is going to go down. We and all other species on earth are adapted to the current environment, so if that happened there would be problems for every species. However, I should point out that I live in Canada where it is very cold, and I have no problem surviving. Humankind has overcome the problem of cold through superior intellect. But having a higher metabolism is beneficial in the current environment, and in the current society. It allows me to live a more relaxing lifestyle while still being able to attract mates and reproduce frequently (not that I am reproducing frequently, but you see my point). Modern society values health and body-shape, and therefore those that are naturally healthy and lean have greater Darwinian fitness. Beyond this though, high metabolism is just good for health and life, it increases energy during the day, makes for better sleep at night, and helps prevent excess fat build-up.quote ChesneMD:
I can’t see a way that having greater strength with less required energy or training is maladaptive. You say its great to have, so therefore wouldn’t it be something that people would look for in mates? I don’t believe that there needs to be life-threatening reasons for natural selection. Mating choice plays a prominent role. But when it comes to life-threatening situations, when would having superior natural strength put you at a disadvantage? If you fall off a cliff but grab on to the edge just in time, that extra strength could save your life. Or in a war, where thousands of people die, those who are stronger are much more likely to survive. Strength may not play the biggest role in natural selection, but it is definitely a factor.quote ChesneMD:
You’re right, better eyesight is not required. But it is helpful. I’m sure it means the difference in many driving or hunting accidents. Even if a few people live because of better eyesight then it has affected the evolution of the species.quote ChesneMD:
I understand that evolution is complicated, but the general trend in evolution is betterment of the species through mutation. You seem to define evolution as something that increases the survival of the species as a whole, but there is more to it than that. If a single individual has greater chances of reproduction because of a genetic mutation, then that mutation can and will play a role in the future evolution of that species (as long as that trait can be passed along).quote ChesneMD:
People with exceptional intelligence are often underachievers who have trouble functioning in society. I’ve been the same way for a lot of my life. This is due mostly to the fact that society is built a certain way for a certain group of people, and if you don’t lie within that group you are going to struggle. One analogy would be to let a family of monkeys raise a human child. That human child has the capability of being much more intelligent than the monkeys but it will probably grow up have serious mental issues and won’t ever be able to live up to its full potential. This is much more extreme than a gifted human being raised in and around average humans, but it still works.
Anyway, I’ve probably gone into way too much detail in this reply. Don’t feel that you need to respond in kind, I just enjoy discussing these things.
November 22, 2011 at 7:41 pm #108307CatParticipant
Two of you here claim superior intelligence. I have a question for you about longevity.
Longevity has two components – genetic and environmental. IamAnAlien said
“I believe that human evolution is shifting towards a human of greater intelligence and longevity”.
How do you know how much of the apparent increase in life span is due to genetic changes (product of evolution) and how much is due to environmental conditions (lessening of negative selection pressures)? Isn’t it just as possible that if you were to transplant a newborn from 300 years ago into today’s society, he/she would live much longer than average of our time?
November 22, 2011 at 10:44 pm #108315quote Cat:
I don’t claim superior intelligence, but tests suggest I am. I know that I know more academics and etc than most people, but I don’t think I am more intelligent. I hate even saying I am smart, because unless prompted, I act like a goofball. I don’t take life seriously unless there is a reason.
As for the quote you selected from Alien – What reason would intelligence and longevity have for being traits that are being selected for? I, personally and many anthropologists believe, that we are at a point currently where we are, reiterating, stagnant. We will see localized changes, but nothing as a species. And with so many people of varying intelligence who are allowed to breed, why would intelligence become a trait? We’re not competing. The same can perhaps be said of an increased lifespan, where does it matter? If you live to 100, what does it matter? It does nothing for you or anything else, especially for women since they can no longer reproduce. And as Cat says, to which I vehemently agree, there are environmental factors to account for. I think currently it is mostly environmental. And how often does a person reach the oldest age they can before succumbing to any disease or anything else? I don’t think it matters much anymore, how long a person lives.
As for Cat – Nothing much at all, except for they may be slightly shorter, but it wouldn’t be noticeable really, IMO. I cannot speak about the difference in genetics, I tried to look for it while typing this, even speaking to some of my colleagues, and we cannot decide what would be different. There are small changes, such as immunology, etc. But we don’t think you’d notice anything. And there are vaccines and etc today. Like I said earlier, many anthropologists feel we are stagnant. But at the same time, evolution on a large scale is slow. And the way we are, it slows it even more.
November 24, 2011 at 1:16 pm #108373MaatomaatParticipant
In my point of view you’re just a bumptious human. 😆
November 25, 2011 at 8:55 am #108399skikr88Participant
When we have all these companies playing with chemicals and altering the food for us and the animals that supply us with products which we depend on to live, we have to include this also as a factor for your so called "Evolution". I see chemicals introduced into all kinds of livestock, our foods and even our baby formulas that tamper with our biological make up more and more. I say you can not say we are "evolving" when we ourselves are tampering with factors,including our food, our environment, ourselves, that interrupts this process that most of you guys so valiantly defend with your pride. If we have "evolved" into anything, it would be we have to be a disease to the Earth. We are continuously striving for this "God status" of all knowing with immortality , when all along forgetting where we came from. We truly are a species with amnesia. We have also forgotten what science is all about. It is quite simply, the finding of what is truth and what is false in our rationing. And whats more, we are a poor example of "Evolution" but yet our schools and our so called "scientists" refuse to look at what is obvious because of, in my opinion, pride. There is so much that we would have to rewrite and admit that we are so wrong. What happened to the old saying "To err is human"? I do not have a fancy college degree nor do I have vast knowledge in any scientific field and I am very thankful for that. I am not caged and boxed in, nor do I have a perimeter which I have to limit myself to think. I am a free thinker who, once again; in my opinion, a true scientist. I have no quarrels to admit if I’m wrong or not. I want to know the truth. I want to know the true hows and whys and not some BS that some college professor told me. I refuse to believe that we came from nothing, that all of this immense universe just happened. Does the Chaos Theory apply here? In every thread that I read on here, I noted many, many factors that no one even thought to include in their replies. And the biggest and foremost factor is US. We have tampered with so much that we have diluted and tainted our own rationing to the point that the big debate of "Evolution or Adaptation " is irrelevant. Why is it that we can look at statue and realize that intelligence created that. Then we can look at a canyon and realize there is no recognizable pattern there therefore, nature created it. Why is it that we know the odds are slim to none, as to throw letters up in the air and when they hit the ground a word would form…let alone a complete sentence or better yet a book and whats more a library. But yet you want me to believe that outta of random circumstances, and by pure chance, DNA contains all the information that a cell structure needs to form a living, animated being. We know better and our logic rationalize this, and we have that ability to logically think this through. We have that kind of processing power to figure that out. But it seems that our damned prides just get in the way to even toy with the notion that something more intelligent than us could might have actually created all of this. No… we have this need, built into us, (the God gene) to think that there is no one or thing out there that is smarter then us. Uncanny, to think that science refuses to acknowledge a higher intelligence but yet strives for that very thing. To all "scientists",in every field, I challenge you to find out how "Evolution" created all this incredible library of info that it takes to create Life. And then if you luck out on that, figure out what actually caused the "Big Bang". There are so many Lorenz Attractors in both of these questions, that it would be the ultimate achievement for any and all.
November 25, 2011 at 1:37 pm #108409
I have no problem with what you said, Ski. In fact, I feel that way a lot of the time.
And to keep this short, the M-Theory is what is believed to caused not just one big bang, but many. That said, what developed these dimensions for the M-Theory? It”s continuously coming to the same question. "What preceded this?"
November 25, 2011 at 10:13 pm #108426skikr88Participant
The M-Theory is an excellent proposal to try and tie up the loose ends, so to speak. But as you, and I for that matter, asked; What preceded this? What caused these strings to collide to began with. And what is actually contain with in these different dimensions. What I’m trying to get at is… what does an eleven sided cube look like? LOL I completely agree with parallel dimensions and with that, the possibilities of existing beings to occupy these dimensions. If I was building something, I would need some type of skeletal structure that would reinforce my structure so it would not collapse within itself. I believe theses strands collide all the time, by the decisions we make. But, thats on a spiritual level, which I feel that is thoroughly involved within these inner dimensions that are put forth. If we can come up with these ideas, whats wrong with being able to say that other beings can come up with the same idea. And if thats the case, maybe their intelligence is way far more advanced then ours. Its the same as saying I know this one guy and his thought process is way more then I can fathom. Am I jealous or do I feel inferior to him? Maybe, but I would want to learn from him. I feel it is time we realize that we need to start to look at things more closer in the obvious way. If we look back into history, it is arrogant for us to say that past civilizations weren’t as advanced as ours. They have built massive monuments that have with stood from their time to ours. Their structures incorporate technologies that still baffle us. Now, what do we have? Mt. Rushmore? And 3000 yrs from now, if the Earth has not ravaged Mt. Rushmore, they might be able to look at it and say intelligence built that. I have looked into things deeply and tried to say well we’ll figure out how they did it. Science will solve this one, but we are still no closer on this than we were when we first looked at them. If we could open our minds up a lil more and include the factor that they might have been more advanced then we give them credit or that they might have had a lil help from other sources. We would see that it opens many possibilities. Where is the artifacts and records of this? Good questions. But I read, everyday, about how governments and churches have shut down this dig and have confiscated this find and denied this dig. This is our world and need to know and have these artifacts so we can start understanding ourselves and the universe we live in better and more completely. All I really ask for is for all to not think just inside the box but also outside, also. If we propose and accept the possibilities of new dimensions then whats wrong with the thought of manipulation of these dimensions also. Are we not tampering with genetics? Maybe someone else was tampering with dimensions long before we were thought up, oops sorry…before we evolved. LOL Just a thought.
December 1, 2011 at 12:03 am #108523sciencemaniacParticipant
whats the m-theory?
December 7, 2011 at 1:39 pm #108613joe777Participant
Gifted in all but social intelligence it seems. Work at that and you’re on your way to winning at life 🙂
Keep in mind though, "forward steps in evolution" and "desirable genetic advancements" are two different things. The difference being: ‘desirable’ is subjective.
People can’t keep up with you in discussions? Consider that this may be your fault. An inability too communicate your ideas to the majority of others usually suggests that there is something wrong on your part, rather than the whole human population. Everybody can think faster than they talk, good teachers are able to slow down to their reasoning to a speed that their students can keep up with.
Last bit of advice: though you may consider yourself superior to the vast majority, be careful about advertising it. I once met a man with no arms or legs, and yet he (in my opinion) was far superior to many strong, healthy athletic, smart people I know. Stuff to think about.
September 16, 2012 at 4:19 pm #1123665thavenueParticipant
Great thread. It inspired me with an idea to better the human race.
September 16, 2012 at 7:44 pm #112369RapParticipant
People who are economically successful tend to have fewer children – they are evolutionary "conservatives" whose advantage is not to dissipate their economic holdings among many children. They go into a holding pattern. Those who are economically challenged tend to have many children – its an attempt to "evolve" out of their difficulty. It’s not a conscious decision, but I think its in the DNA. My great grandfather came from an economically depressed region, he had 9 children. They were more economically successful, averaged three children, and their children were well into the middle class, averaged 1.5 children.
The bottom line in evolution is how many sexually successful children do you produce. Human evolution is concentrated in these economically depressed people. Unless you plan to use all your gifts to raise 10 children, you are less likely to be the next step. Your user name is "IAmAnAlien". "Aliens" tend to have a more restricted choice of mates, particularly "aliens" that are self-centered, as you appear to be, since this is a quality that does not lend itself to stable unions, and is therefore not generally an attractive quality to women. So, for all your gifts, you have some drawbacks. So if you are going to father 10 children, you will have to have some other trick. There are a lot of tricks availiable – insincere seduction, sperm banks, or, best of all, maybe you’ll just get lucky. You need to be more than superior to be the next step in human evolution.
October 9, 2012 at 3:32 pm #112658andreassiegeParticipant
You guys are kidding right?
You all claim to be super intelligent but can’t come up with anything valuable in this discussion. I’m nowhere near genius, neither am I a scientist, and the following is off the top of my head and from memory of obscure books that I’ve read:
When a species is isolated from natural predators and has enough food and living space to sustain a very large population, what happens is that instead of competing to survive against the odds of being eaten, it begins to compete with itself against the odds of not getting laid. This, due to numerous factors, results in either dwarfism or gigantism but ultimately also leads to general inefficiency and laziness because it becomes more about showing off our large breasts and colorful tail feathers than actually surviving.
I assume that human beings are going through something similar, although its far too early to tell what those changes might be. (you geniuses know that it takes thousands of generations for noticeable evolutionary changes to take hold right? lol)
We can guess at what direction human beings are evolving in by assuming that some traits are more beneficial than others. Let me have a go:
1)It is beneficial to not get depressed, as people who don’t smile like idiots all the time have worse social lives and less chances of finding mates. This is because of contemporary society’s pressure on individuals to keep good mental health in the face of ever increasing uncertainty and the loss of community. So only one kind of crazy in the future: the grinny kind.
2)It is beneficial to be able to eat a lot of crap and filter out what the body does not need. I’m not saying skinny or fat, I’m saying low cholesterol, crapping out chemicals etc. This is because we are made to eat all kinds of inorganic shit which some of us get sick from and which others seem to be able to excrete. So in the future, digestive systems in the shape of the golden arches.
3)It is beneficial to be of medium intelligence so that we will accept the status quo and go to work every day and buy a house and make babies and ensure that those babies accept the status quo too. It is not beneficial to question and analyze everything and to try to create something different and new because thats kind of like running around in an open world rpg without doing the missions. So in the future, everyone will follow the main storyline of Skyrim.
As for some of the things you suggested are the next steps in an evolutionary process (lol):
1) height: chicks dig guys of all heights. Fortunately, because of our brains, we don’t have to end up in either gigantism or dwarfism. What chicks dig is confident guys and confidence is associated more and more with intelligence rather than the right physicality. Thats because the good jobs require us to be intelligent enough to function and not intelligent enough to question and chicks want providers with good jobs for their babies (unless an individual chick has decided that she can provide for her babies herself, in which case she’ll bang a few boy toys before having some babies and settling down or buying some cats and watching tv forevermore (whichever one happens first)).
2) Eyesight? Really? Why? Why would we need 20/20 vision or better if we’re no longer being stalked by lions? Think about it bud. It doesn’t make any sense.
3)I don’t know, but three is a nice number.
Now as a conclusion. We are not evolving in the direction of some super intelligent, giant, hunter, leader man. That train has left the station. If anything, we are evolving in the direction of lazy, shallow, sex-crazy, hive mentality having, follower or something.
But more than likely, we’re not evolving in any particular direction at all, because of how incredibly large our human population has become. The larger the population, the less of a chance for mutations and "next steps" to take hold on a large enough amount of people and thus for them to stick around in our genes. Imagine, there’s this guy, and he’s born with a digestive tract that keeps him perfectly healthy no matter how much macdonalds he eats, brain chemistry that makes him perfectly happy with working hard at a decent job and having more facebook friends than real friends, and the confidence to think that he’s better than Leonardo DaVinci (even though he isn’t by my standards) which makes him hit on any chick he wants to hit on. So imagine this one guy out of 6 billion who might very well be the most beneficial next step for our disease-like species if it wants to someday populate the whole universe. He’ll probably bang some real hotties, maybe impregnate one of them and then marry her and he’ll probably get promoted a few times for being such an efficient team player. Happy and content at having a hot wife, a house, a decent job, health, etc, he’ll have two kids and raise them to be content with life as well. Those two kids may or may not share some of his beneficial genes. If they do share some of them, they’ll have kids some day too, and the genes will get even more diluted in the giant petri dish that is the world.
They’ll get diluted by people who get fat and have heart attacks (because heart attacks kill us well beyond the normal age for having kids), they’ll get diluted by people who are depressed a lot and feel lonely because of a lack of community (because one way to be a part of a community is to start a family (a mini community)), they’ll get diluted by people who are too independent and intelligent to accept the status quo and who take risks and have new ideas (although many entrepeneurs fail, chicks still dig rebels and have kids with them), and they’ll get diluted by neanderthals too (good looking mentally handicapped people).
This discussion is old, so I hope that at least one person will read the book that I just wrote. haha
Over and out
October 9, 2012 at 4:15 pm #112660
So? Your point is, except that we geniuses have no idea what to say…?
October 15, 2012 at 8:05 pm #112709LuxorienParticipant
This has got to be the weirdest thread I have ever seen.
November 29, 2013 at 3:25 pm #114803sanumanuParticipant
The next step in human evolution is increased awareness and consciousness. With it, one can connect with others, understand them without need of conventional communication.
So, IAmAnAliean, do you sense something similar? Even at elementary level, are you able to guess what’s going on in other person’s mind by just observing his/her body language? Some can claim that this is just common sense; but those who are evolved, more aware, get better insight into minds of other people.
The next level after this is, to sit quietly, close your eyes and try to feel your surroundings. Living as well as non-living. Near-by as well as distant. If you can sense or feel you are connected, it’s just wow !!
December 28, 2013 at 8:31 am #114915badgertoesParticipant
Although this thread is very old, this is an interesting question to me that I want to dissect piece by piece.
You may just be comparing your aging to men from different regional backgrounds. Many men of european descent do not develop much hair until well into their 20s or even 30s. There are some I know who cannot grow a full beard in their late 20s and have minimal body hair. They also appear young. But there are also others who appear old and have no body hair (though that is more rare as lack of hair is associated with youth and should not send the signals of maturity) and those with a lot of hair who look younger than they are. Example, my brother grows a very thick beard and has a lot of hair on his chest, arms, legs, but his face is very young looking, not matching his numerical age of 26. Also, the fact that you only look a few years off your actual age cannot be used to claim delayed aging.
Intelligence is relative. There have always been those above and beyond the scope of others, but we can only attribute it to evolution if the trait is selected for and passed on. But yes, I would argue that intelligence is a trait that is selected for, as it is attractive to many people. But incredibly ordinary and below average intelligence people create a large amount of offspring as well so I don’t know that this is a trait that will continue to excel. i haven’t seen proof for brain increase since the first h. sapiens. It’s hard to tell if advances are a result of slowly increasing intelligence over time or if culture propels the advancement through encouraging certain activities and providing a healthier environment for greater brain development.
5’4" is not the average you should be comparing yourself to. Height is heritable but influenced very highly by environment. You need only compare your height to people of similar genetic background who grew up in a similar region to you. Otherwise the comparison means nothing, as height varies greatly from region to region and socio-economic levels. Thus far it seems like you are a well nourished individual but that is all I am gathering.
I am not going to feign a vast knowledge regarding the immune system, but it could have been due to exposure to certain viruses as a child or just a matter of luck in not contracting the illnesses. But a strong immune system should be part of evolution, as healthier individuals will have more viable offspring which will live to age of reproduction. That totally makes sense.
Faster metabolism is just genetic. Many people experience this, many people do not. It’s the result of your ancestors probably not being exposed to any risk of starvation in recent generations. Also, once you reach 30, that is when you can decipher whether your metabolism truly is superior. Right now it’s a matter of being young. Also your diet may have an effect. If you are eating healthy and a lot of raw foods, the nutrients will be processed more efficiently than fatty processed foods.
No idea about the muscle mass as the type of muscle you have would need to be analyzed in a way that I can’t do just by reading a post. But my bed is that the leverage from your increased limb length lends some help there.
I know a lot of people who have eyesight that is better than 20/20. This doesn’t seem like a trait that is selected on in modern times or since glasses were invented. Though I am sure clarity and a greater range of vision served an evolutionary advantage to our ancestors in hunting and avoiding predators.
Assuming that one is a step above the rest is somewhat arrogant in my opinion and ignoring human variation. One can have a variety of advantageous traits, but it doesn’t mean it is the next step in evolution. If they give you an advantage in survival and reproduction, than yes, overtime the genes which help in such pursuits will be passed on if they make it into the fertilizing gamete. But there is no guarantee of this. And I don’t think what you are experiencing is so rare so it could very well be the result of selection.
January 3, 2014 at 3:41 pm #114935animartcoParticipant
Of course you are the next step in human evolution Iaman Alien. The new human species has been well documented especially in China and Japan, (although it is widespread throughout the world,) where a large proportion of young men live their entire emotional lives in cyber-space. It is called Homo Geekius. So don’t worry about it. You are not alone. You’re in very good company.
January 30, 2014 at 10:24 pm #115018ShawnMcquellParticipant
I feel the same way I am a 14 year old East Burke High School Student I’m in 9th Grade and I look like a 20 year yet I lack a lot of Facial hair. I a lot of times feel like I’m irregular compared to other people other than my looks I have Visions in my Dreams I have been told I’m a Prophet of God. Although I’m not sure of that I also feel protected like someone’s watching me most of the time. I just want answers please…. Please. I’ll take any answers given. Thank you.
January 31, 2014 at 9:07 am #115019
That looks more like a mental issue. However, if you believe in the imaginary buddy, than you’r the prophet.
(BTW about which imaginary buddy are we talking here? Just to be sure to which religion should I add to to be redeemed)
October 12, 2014 at 9:23 pm #115499RunningUpTheWingParticipant
Okay I’ll bite.
Even if all of this true, you still have to find somebody to mate with you.
Sorry pal, looks like evolution is going to pass you by.
February 19, 2015 at 7:11 pm #115662NumnumGamingParticipant
Hi, i am 13 years old and i ask those exact questions but everyone just laughs and says: no son you’re just bla bla bla. i do believe we are possibly the next step in human evolution.
November 4, 2015 at 11:45 am #115833EnricoPallazzoParticipant
To me this thread reads pretty much like a psycho-social self-help group. Guys (and girls), step down a little bit! I think everyone of us, at a point, was pondering over similar existential questions (and if not, you should probably start now). But whatever the problems and questions are, the outcome is NOT that you are a superior being as a result of evolution. Thats called delusion.
You`re just teenagers with common doubts and questions.
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