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What makes you think that there is an evolutionary advantage to intelligence? There are more ants than people on Earth.
What im trying to put forth in my ramblings is, The human race isnt being challenged, there is no reason for evolution to work if we dont have anything to adapt to. Yes there are great inventions and massive advances in medecine and technology now, but the population has become dumber.
Perhaps (I would like to think so anyway). Do you think we are less intelligent than we were 200 years ago? Could our intelligence have saved us from an asteroid then? Can it now?
if this earth is threatened by an outside force, like a meteor. we will have the intelligence to save it, if not we have the ability to quickly evolve maybe not physically but technologically by using our intelligence.
originally posted by: Phage
a reply to: V22tech
That's a good point. I guess.
But can you answer my question?
(Reuters) - Human evolution has been moving at breakneck speed in the past several thousand years, far from plodding along as some scientists had thought, researchers said on Monday.
In fact, people today are genetically more different from people living 5,000 years ago than those humans were different from the Neanderthals who vanished 30,000 years ago, according to anthropologist John Hawks of the University of Wisconsin.
The genetic changes have related to numerous different human characteristics, the researchers said.
Beneficial genetic changes have appeared at a rate roughly 100 times higher in the past 5,000 years than at any previous period of human evolution, the researchers determined. They added that about 7 percent of human genes are undergoing rapid, relatively recent evolution.
Many humans together arent very bright, just watch what happens when you present a disaster scenario to one individual as opposed to hundreds.
Can ants survive in Antarctica?
How about a bunch of people from Nome? But I thought we had taken a sidetrack about the relative advantages of hive vs individual intelligence.
If we're talking about natural selection here, that is a process that takes time. A long time. If you threw a bunch of ants in to Antarctica, they'd all die. Know what, if you threw a big bunch of people from Miami into Antarctica, chances are they'd all die, too.
Amoebae have been thriving for a very long time.
Some kind of intelligence is necessary for a species to thrive and be successful.
If the global environment were to change extremely rapidly (i.e. a large asteroid impact or something self induced) that well may be true. If you're talking about in the long term us no longer being "human" that's probably true. If you consider changing into something else to be a catastrophe.
I believe that when it finally happens, it will happen catastrophically.