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Evolution is it slow?

Is the pace of evolution speeding up?

By Peter RosePublished 2 years ago 4 min read
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Evolution, is it slow?

Is the pace of evolution speeding up?

Everything in life seems to be getting faster and faster yet evolution does not. Evolution is fundamental to human existence yet it is so slow that it does not appear to be happening.

Why haven't human teeth evolved to cope with changes to human diet? We have been eating acidic and sweet things long enough but teeth still get destroyed by these. Why haven't toe nails evolved to match the changing need for them? Pollution is affecting climate change, it is causing sickness in humans, surely this is what evolution is designed to cope with. When conditions threaten the existence of a species, that species evolves to cope with the changed conditions. So why haven't we developed the ability to cope with pollution? Is it that we are causing the pollution to change too rapidly for evolution to adjust us to it?

Statistically humans, in developed nations, are getting larger as response to improved diets and health care-- (evolution at work) So why haven't other changes occurred?

Is it because evolution was designed to ensure the survival only of the fittest, strongest, most adapted to environmental conditions? Humans now artificially control their local environment. We have changed the rules that evolution obeys. The weakest are now supported not eliminated.

Evolution, as Darwin found on Galapagos Islands, works more noticeably in “enclosed” groups with little or no outside influence. Modern humans travel around the world and interbreed preventing “local” evolutionary effects.

It is a well used cliche that if an elderly person wants help with modern technology they should ask their grandchildren, who seem to have built in knowledge of how to use stuff (without knowing how it functions) Is this evolution? The fact that children now are immersed in electronic technology from birth means they grow up with acceptance, and so confidence, about use of the gadgets. Is this evolution at work or education? Is education itself a cause of evolution? If so why do human babies have to be taught to read?

Has evolution caused the apparent shortening of the average persons attention span? Way back when humans survived by being hunter gatherers, the hunters would have waited hours for the right moment to strike and kill their food Even in Medieval times, waiting for events to unfold was accepted and being still and passive for long periods was normal. Sailing ships took weeks to cross an ocean and passengers had to be patient. Building a cathedral took years and years. People started projects with expectation it would be their descendants who completed the work.

Now everything has to be broken down into very short “sections” sound bites; and the average attention span seems to be limited to ten minutes and even this seems to be getting shorter, if modern entertainment culture is an accepted measure. Business used to be “built to last” with the expectation that families would run things for generations, now everything has to be in a defined short program. Even Engineering is subjected to the concepts of planned obsolescence, designed life span and expected decay.

Is this evolution at work? if so where is it going? Since we will soon have Artificial intelligence controlled automation to do most routine tasks, will we loose the capacity for work? We have labour saving gadgets in our home and these will developed to be time (human time) saving as well. Will our bodies and minds evolve to be physically weaker? Since we will not be subjected to physical challenges, will we evolve into a species that can not cope with physical challenge? Will our reliance on machinery to do tasks, without our mental input, cause us to evolve into beings incapable of mental input?

The % statistic (for example of natural immunity) get distorted by the success of modern medical care in keeping people alive, they may be ill but they are alive. In past ages people died so the % with immunity increased as a % of total population. Evolution was working by having only those strongest surviving. Just as bacteria are evolving to overcome medications and just as virus mutate and evolve at remarkably fast rates, will we humans evolve to overcome infections without medication? Or is it that the medications actually prevent us evolving; since even those who do not have natural immunity still live, then evolution will not be a case of only the natural immune, surviving to spread this evolutionary development.

Is human preoccupation with preserving life, (of other humans) actually preventing evolution from working its “magic?” Our risk free, stress free, offence free, disagreement free, culture is going to change evolution. All creatures, all life forms, evolve to cope with dangers and difficulties. Evolution needs threat in order to react and change the threatened life form. Remove all threat, all stress and danger and you have stagnation. Replacing evolution with stagnation will lead to decay and death of the human race. All life forms, in fact everything from a galaxy to an ant, follow the same basic path. Conception, birth, growth, maturity, stagnation, death and decay. Shunning all risk will cause evolution to trigger the decay and death parts of this pathway, earlier than expected.

This concept, that our safe space culture will change evolution, may actually cause a split in human evolution. Two types of human may evolve separately. Those who shun all risk and so all stimulus, will take the path of stagnation while those who accept challenge and thrive on overcoming obstacles will evolve into active creative and outgoing humans, ready for the colonisation of space.

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Peter Rose

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