I couldn’t be bothered to fisk that nonsense about the “future evolution” of humankind that was all over the media this week, merely dropping it into my “Pseudoscience” and “Tin Foil Hat Wearers” blog categories in passing instead. Luckily we have P Z Myers to do the job properly.
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What a load of guff Dr Curry! Dr of what? What a wonderful use of Licence Payers hard earned cash for Aunty BEEB (obviously in her dotage) to foist this rubbish on us.
One can’t predict future evolutionary pressures.
Assuming we don’t manage to kill ourselves off or get killed off, bomb ourselves back to the stone age, or let a K2 type event do it for us – then it is likely that there will be little, or no, sustained selective pressure on us at all in the future.
Also It is quite likely that increasing understanding of the human genetic structure will allow us first to eliminate much in the way of gene related diseases – and then to start fiddling with our genetic structure ourselves. So there is a good chance we will actually become whatever we fancy, if it will be good for us or no.
So probably, taller, stronger, slimmer, healthier, more attractive initially.
Later introducing some weirdnesses, the genetic equivalent of punk? Then something to help you breathe water? Hibernate in space? Tolerate zero G for long periods. Live on Mars? Mix and match what you want? Change it every season? How about a new tail for Christmas….
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