posted on May, 9 2005 @ 03:39 PM
The Future Tense of Human Evolution
Humans are most likely to be assimilated over time into cyber hybrids before shedding our carbon based past into a wholly artificial assembly without
even realizing or revolting against it...........We are slowly at first replacing parts in our body with artificial parts......metal/plastic joints
are now common surgical procedures.........so are pacemakers and soon to be complete artificial hearts.....coming in the near future will be silicon
based implants for eye enhancements and chips to enhance or preserve brain function. Later, artificial organs and carrier support systems. Each
progression in the assimilation to artificial existence will be met at first with concern of their impact in the overall human experience, but like
many scientific developments over the last three centuries; the benefits will outweigh the concerns....The not too distant future will have us
contemplating the ever increasing percentage of the human body becoming artificial…..over time as the percentage of artificial parts and function
increases we may struggle to define what is still a human or not. Eventually, that question will be solved when we caste off…. in its entirety, our
carbon based superstructure of flesh and its biological heritage to become artificially based silicon entities. Unlimited potential for artificial
human cognitive function no longer held back by the slow or stagnant process of natural selection will revolutionize our level of technology and
advancement as a society or whatever may function as a society then. Will we in fact…..even maintain the same outline of the human form? It is hard
to tell as unlimited cognitive functions implementing future changes to our species would be far too sophisticated for us to speculate on their ideal
design of the intelligent form.
Lifespan will be an irrelevant term in the future as will mutations and disease...
...So what about the issue of our emotions, parental/family interactions, love, sleep, leisure and pastimes? They will be meaningless questions to ask
in a future void of our biological baggage from 4 billion years of evolution............Yes, those aspects are significant to our mammal based
inheritance only. They are deeply ingrained with such hard wired interactions in our brain that they are required for a healthy and fulfilling human
experience in our current state.
…...but to a machine?.....
....Even an artificial human one?......
So what about the soul?…….Some will likely ask.
Or perhaps…..the question might be……what soul?......the same individuals who are compassionate about the existence of a soul are similar in
philosophy to those that at one time in our history were convinced that the Earth was both flat and located at the center of the Universe...Will those
unalterable belief systems attempt to hang on to the last vestiges of scientific facts still congruent to their faith until those too are finally cast
off through proven objective realities. Will then all current faith based realities travel into past history in a manner similar to the fate of Greek
Gods and mythology?.....It would be nice to contemplate a soul and caring deity as a tonic to the biological insecurities that we have inherited as a
species having the brain capacity to contemplate such fears and desires……. but faith based “subjective only” experience and the lack of
replicating objective evidence coupled with the ongoing march of scientific development continues to tear at the fabric of what some of us feel
compelled to believe by faith.
Just because we have the capability to ask metaphysical life purpose questions of “why”?.....doesn't mean that there has to be an answer. The
universe nor this planet Earth “owe” us any such purposeful reason for being here.
The universe may certainly reveal within its systems how we came into existence through the introspective search of the scientific method but these
same systems have never demonstrated a “why” we came into existence……
There may be an intelligent design and/or creator to the universe, but no objective evidence demonstrates this. Especially when mounting evidence
shows reality as an increasing “layer of nothingness” at the subatomic quantum level. Current theories have strong repercussions inferring that
our universe is not really even a “creation” of matter or substance but a quantum fluctuation of higher dimensional nothingness. Our universe is
one, which as resulted from a randomly created four-dimensional space/time continuum that has manifests itself as matter/force particles and
space/time geometry to our perceptions.
Regardless, even if current theories are incorrect or need significant revisions to validate reality; any creation evidence that seems to correlate
with an intelligent design could very well just be the result of the anthropic effect……meaning the only reason why there seems to be evidence is
because we are required to have it in order to be in existence to contemplate it to begin with…….. and if the “evidence” wasn’t here, we
wouldn’t be here to contemplate it anyway. As a result there is nothing designed, just that the random quantum fluctuation behind the “creation”
of our universe happens to have physical matter and force laws that are conducive to morphing into our existence. Then our desire to contemplate it as
evidence becomes compelling based on our cognitive potential of wanting an answer for “why”. There could be many other universes created by random
quantum fluctuations that do not hold such laws for life forms to evolve and as a result are void of such contemplations of design.
……Regardless, the existence of an intelligent design being ascribed as a deity by humans hardly fits the role of what humans would hope for in
this observation. Conflicting religions and inter-conflicts within a given religion and/or continued conflicts within the sects/denominations of a
specific religion are evidence enough that no existing human interpretation of a deity has any validity to what role that entity would act as if it
even exists in the first place.
In summary, evidence shows no existence of a creator, but if there is….that creator is most certainly impersonal to the human experience despite our
greatest desires to make it a personal one………Once again, even if there is a higher order to the aspect of our being, we are not the center of
that deity’s attention anymore than the Earth is the center of the universe.
…..but I digress……..
Therfore, let’s move on……..
The natural selection process through random environmental variations that have resulted in intra/inter species development over the past 4 billion or
so years on Earth have been permanently altered for humans through technological development starting centuries ago. This technology is the result of
applying the scientific method in understanding our environment rather than being totally subjected to the natural processes of evolution as all other
species continue to be. Since the development of the scientific method we have been able to alter the environment that we live in..... Natural
selection requires random environment conditions and the resultant manipulated species adaptation to that environment over millions of years to have
an impact on macroscopic life forms on this planet. Where as artificial evolutionary design through the intelligent efforts of humans can impact that
process at will through the artificial selection of genetic engineering and non-carbon based body parts and functions. The latter will be the impetus
of our further evolution……..not natural selection.
....Even without human intervention into the evolutionary process, most biologists will agree that the key to our progress……..A highly developed
brain………in its overall size and percentage of weight relative to the human body has reached a stalemate in further development due to the
limitations of the size of the female birth canal. Further biological evolution of the brain in this circumstance would require fetal development and
birth to occur outside the womb. Certainly a prospect that human technology will be capable of in the near future but nevertheless limited in
evolutionary gains over an non-biological based directive.
However, all this is predicated on if we as a species are able to survive at a "civilized developed society" level long enough for these
developments to occur..........a number of environmental catastrophes independent of human existence are capable of collapsing civilized developed
societies and thus would significantly delay or end such technological development. However, the biggest threat to our setback and/or very survival in
the short term appears to be our own human species and how we manipulate the resources of this planet.
As Carl Sagan aptly put it..........."We don't treat each other and our planet very well as we strive to get through our adolescent stage of a
technological society without destroying ourselves in the process"
In our current biological state we have been too successful of a species to continue to reproduce and manipulate the finite resources of this planet
at our current rate.....As the dominant species of this planet we are having an increasingly cancer like impact to the Earth's sustainability of
life……This will be dramatically illustrated as the populations of undeveloped countries begin to experience and thus desire a greater quality of
life. The entry of an ever increasing planet population into the quality of life experience by developed societies will force all of us to deal with
the exploitation of our limited resources and their impact on the Earth’s biosphere. This can lead to global conflict, even involving weapons of
mass destruction on a theater wide scale which would hasten the negative effect on the biosphere by exponential proportions.
As a result of these underlying conditions, I personally do not have a lot of confidence in the human race avoiding such consequences. We carry too
many insecurities, political/power/material desires and in some cases passionate unalterable faith base systems that would render unobtainable a
global concurrence necessary for our very survival. These underlying human conditions could easily lead us to a major catastrophe in human aggression
of epic proportions on this planet, whether it be malicious or mistaken in its intent. So as a result, we may end our existence before we can ever
look back as artificial life forms in the not too distant future to contemplate our biology past from whence we came......
.....but if we do make it....
...we will be children of the stars in silicon based intelligent beyond our wildest imagination......we would cast off our biological bodies and
....and maybe if we can survive the life cycle of our own sun and surrounding galaxy to become energy independent of their existence…. we may even
in the dim far distant future have the ability to begin to cast off all forms of our physical based construct and take residence as beings existing
within a quantum energy field in a virtual form of pure thought.….becoming entities that can manipulate our own environment amongst us without being
dependent or needing to interact with it………
Far out stuff?………….Certainly to the minds that reside within our craniums at this time……..but remember, that designed artificial evolution
of the human mind will be a self driving mechanism of ever increasing cognitive functionings…where the casting off of the human flesh allows the
design to increase exponentially over decreasing intervals between milestones in the evolutionary process. Imagine one human ….or make that one
cyber human with the intelligence and creativity of 10 Einsteins…
….1 Trillion Einsteins…….
…..perhaps the random fluctuations of evolution eventually results in the development of life forms that morph into an entity surprisingly similar
to what some of us feel compelled to worship….
...imagine each of us……. an all powerful vortex of pure thought capable of creating and/or manipulating our own reality (universe) as we
The question then becomes.......as an evolving species within a solar system containing a second generation sun………..would we be the first
generation of the current universe we occupy to have this potential?....
....or are we the offspring of entities that have already reached this strange scenario before us?
..and that's both fascinating and disturbing stuff to contemplate for the 6 trillion or so carbon based atoms tied together in the form we currently
recognize as a human being today......