Medicine/technology adversely affecting evolution?
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10-08-2017, 03:26 PM
RE: Medicine/technology adversely affecting evolution?
Nothing takes a back seat to evolution. Our minds are evolved to allow us to produce say, the chemotherapy that would keep someone alive to reproduce that might otherwise have died, possibly keeping a tendency towards cancer in the gene pool. But it's still evolution.

In another sense, hopefully we can overcome being hostage to those instincts that evolution has "rewarded" us with so far- jealousy, tribalism, sexual violence, limitations in compassion and mercy.
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11-08-2017, 01:35 AM
RE: Medicine/technology adversely affecting evolution?
Evolution is merely what happens. There's nothing inherently good or bad about it, it's just brute fact.

We could certainly discuss the morality of any number of things humans are doing, especially since we often don't consider the consequences until it's too late.

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11-08-2017, 01:42 AM
RE: Medicine/technology adversely affecting evolution?
Evolution has resulted in a species capable of rendering evolution irrelevant.

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11-08-2017, 07:20 AM
RE: Medicine/technology adversely affecting evolution?
Evolution doesn't care.
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11-08-2017, 07:48 AM
RE: Medicine/technology adversely affecting evolution?
(11-08-2017 01:42 AM)GirlyMan Wrote:  Evolution has resulted in a species capable of rendering evolution irrelevant.

I like this. Succinct and to the point!

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11-08-2017, 08:26 AM
RE: Medicine/technology adversely affecting evolution?
Please tell me how random changes are going to stop.
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11-08-2017, 09:04 AM
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(11-08-2017 08:26 AM)Gawdzilla Wrote:  Please tell me how random changes are going to stop.

They aren't.
But now we can fiddle with genes when that happens.

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12-08-2017, 06:15 AM
RE: Medicine/technology adversely affecting evolution?
I can envision a future in which a particular genetic code is selected for optimal results in physical & mental traits. All males & females would essentially look alike. A world of twins that are incubated in an artificial womb.

In this aspect evolution would be sidestepped because there wouldn't be any more natural reproduction.

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12-08-2017, 06:53 AM
RE: Medicine/technology adversely affecting evolution?
This is a common fallacy; considering technological and scientific advancement to be something separate from nature and our biological function.

Evolution is something that just happens. Cells replicate, they fail to do it correctly, they mutate, and there you have it. This will never stop, no matter how many illnesses we will be able to cure in the future.

Now, if we didn't function as we do, if evolution hadn't driven us to be farmers, build cities, discover science, we wouldn't be here. It is evolution that did this. This is how we are evolving. You think curing diseases and editing genes is "intrusive"? Other animals have evolved to live forever. How is that different?

Why do you think the way we live won't affect how we evolve in the future? Is there a rule in the evolutionary theory that says we can only evolve through adversity, illness and death? And even if that were true, what makes you think humanity will continue to prosper forever? We're running out of resources, the climate is changing, overpopulation could destroy the planet. Yes, we can cure illnesses, but we can't stop people from giving birth, we can't stop floods, earthquakes and volcanoes.

And well, we have evolved in a way that allowed us to rise above and build civilizations, to use our brains, develop empathy and define morals that make us realize that human lives are more important than our possible future ability to communicate telepathically.

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12-08-2017, 07:32 AM
RE: Medicine/technology adversely affecting evolution?
(11-08-2017 09:04 AM)Bucky Ball Wrote:  
(11-08-2017 08:26 AM)Gawdzilla Wrote:  Please tell me how random changes are going to stop.

They aren't.
But now we can fiddle with genes when that happens.

EVERYBODY's genes? When is that going to happen.
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