The Future of Humans


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A science topic that I find interesting is the idea of evolution. We have all learned about Darwin's theory and seen the picture of the ape evolving into a man. If humans evolved from then to now to better adapt to our lifestyles, wouldn't it only make sense that we are continuing to evolve and adapt to our lifestyle? If that is the case, does that mean there is a good change we will evolve into those blobs of human beings that were depicted in the movie Wall-E?

 

Right now, there are certain human traits that we have because of evolution. Who is not partial to spiders or snakes? There is evidence that this is because of evolution. This response of fear when we see threatening animals has been rooted in our brains because animals like these were a great threat to us for a long time. They still pose a slight threat to us now, but what is interesting is that there are more dangerous things that we don't have that fearful reaction to. For instance, humans are more afraid of spiders and snakes than they are of guns and cars, even though guns and cars actually are more dangerous to humans. 

Evolution contributes to other human characteristics and explains why we are the way we are. We find babies and young animals cute because we are programmed by our genes to take care of our own babies or we would die out, as explained by this article from sciencelet.com.
 We are more likely to take care of something if we are attracted to it. Our bodies are also shaped the way they are for a reason. For example, Woman tend to have wider hips because they have to give birth to babies.

If we accept this theory of evolution as true, then we have to also accept that there is no reason for it to stop. What does this mean for humans in the future? Right now, certain traits in men and women attract to each other, and these traits go way back - women are attracted to men with strong, broader shoulders because this is a sign of testosterone and good health. They also prefer slightly older men because back in cave times, that was a sign of more resources (these reasons are according to psychology today). 

Today, especially in America, being strong doesn't necessarily mean you have the most resources. I would say that intelligence and work ethic defines how many "resources" you can accumulate, because the smarter you are the more money you will probably earn at your job and therefore the more resources you can buy. Will women eventually be attracted to intelligence first, body image second? Same for males - will they eventually be attracted to women's intelligence first, as they are nearly equal in society and can accumulate "resources' as well? Will humans eventually be more intimidated at the sight of guns, cars, and nuclear weapons than seeing a spider or a snake?

We can only guess. This article from the Huffington post suggests that humans will evolve to have bigger eyes to better work in low light enviornments. This post talks about my prediction, that intelligence will evolve to the most important trait in sexual attraction, but also mentions the prediction that maybe humans are done evolving ..

What do you think? Do you have predictions of your own about how humans will evolve in the future? Do you think we are done evolving? Please comment and share your thoughts!


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This is so fasinating. I really agree with your views on evolution. I always think about what will happen in the future and how humans will evolve even furthur. I don't have a doubt in my mind that it will happen. I think it is necessary because as the Earth changes everything that inhabits it will need to change too. We all know the Earth is changing due things like to global warming, advanced technology, etc. As this continues over decades and centuries all ways of life will need to change with it. I think it's especially important to look at global warming. Our seas are rising, temperatures are rising, wildlife is at risk, storms are becoming stronger, and so much more. Not only physical changes are occuring, but changes in the way we do things are, and will need to, change as well. I think this is a huge factor in evolution and what will happen centuries, if not decades, down the road.

I'd like to preface this by saying it is almost completely unrelated to your topic/science and also a bit nit picky.

Women are nowhere near equal to men in our society and I do not expect that to change much in our lifetime. We don't get paid the same, we don't have the same opportunities, and we certainly aren't treated the same. Yeah sure, I can get into any frat I want because I have boobs but it's not because I'm a person who's company is appreciated, it's because I'm seen as a piece of meat for frat boys to prey on. Sure, I can get a job, but odds are I'll make 75 cents for every dollar my male counterpart makes. Sure, I can get into college but if I don't feel safe walking to the library at night then my education opportunity is not equal. There isn't a woman CEO in the top 10 Fortune 500 companies and only 22 female CEOs currently exist in the Fortune 500. I could keep going, but I'm sure everyone gets the point.

I'd like to preface this by saying it is almost completely unrelated to your topic/science and also a bit nit picky.

Women are nowhere near equal to men in our society and I do not expect that to change much in our lifetime. We don't get paid the same, we don't have the same opportunities, and we certainly aren't treated the same. Yeah sure, I can get into any frat I want because I have boobs but it's not because I'm a person who's company is appreciated, it's because I'm seen as a piece of meat for frat boys to prey on. Sure, I can get a job, but odds are I'll make 75 cents for every dollar my male counterpart makes. Sure, I can get into college but if I don't feel safe walking to the library at night then my education opportunity is not equal. There isn't a woman CEO in the top 10 Fortune 500 companies and only 22 female CEOs currently exist in the Fortune 500. I could keep going, but I'm sure everyone gets the point.

Hmm Sarah, I understand the points you are making but are you saying that you never see this evolving in the future? We don't really know how women were treated during cave man times, maybe they were seen more equal then we assume and society evolved to where women are not seen as equal. If society evolved this way, don't you think it is possible it could change again? This is one of the most frustrating concepts I have run into so far with all these science blogs. Studies may show we have a problem that needs to be fixed, and even though we know this, the necessary changes aren't being made. How much education has gone into teaching people to be respectful for example, that race (or gender) doesn't mean people are less equal, and yet we still hear about racist actions or about guys not getting into frats because they don't have boobs. I think it all comes down to having faith that our society will figure it out

Sarah, this is a truly insightful comment. I never thought I would hear a girl say this. Every point that you made is absolutely true and it's depressing. It's sad that we still live in a world where that can happen. I would think that by this point, everyone would be treated equally no matter who they were. The sad realization is that this may never happen. There are too many people in this world who just have to be better and that means putting down or turning someone down just because they are a woman or gay or black. Oh and to your point that women get paid less, it's because most women take maternity leave/take a break from work to raise kids which puts them behind men. Most men don't ever take a year long break from work which can have an exponential effect in how much you get paid in the long run.

I'm not saying that society will never change to accept women as equal, but I am saying it's an uphill battle. And mostly I'm focusing on American society here because I know that some cultures are worse in this area and some are better.
The problem is that trying to make this change is so difficult. Feminists are often immediately shot down for having an opinion that challenges our traditional patriarchy. Many men don't want women to be equal - that increases competition for power. If a woman had just as much opportunity to be president, suddenly the men aren't just competing with educated men, they're competing with twice the educated adults who want the position. And it's not just that men don't want women to be in power; they shame the women fighting for equality (using words like "Feminazi" or joking that feminists hate men or don't shave their legs) to the point where many women don't feel it's worth it to speak up or that being a feminist will prevent them from say, getting a boyfriend.

Over time we will evolve to the understanding that every human being is born different but equal. The problem is that it could be in fifty years, five hundred years, or five thousand years, none of which would be soon enough.

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