I've been playing around with this theory and I didn't really know where else to post it. I thought people here might be a bit more interested. Even
if you don't exactly agree with my theory, play along for a while at least.
Let's start with the fact that the basic meaning of all life on earth is to survive. In our case, it's not really the individual creature that is to
survive, but the genes, which is done via replication, mating. Animals, even humans, select their mates based on how compatible they are, and on how
good the chances of their combined offspring would be to survive, ie. what genecocktail would be the best for survival.
This might seem controversial, but even in todays human society a woman will sometimes have a child with one man, who might have the "best" genes
(there are certain characteristics that convey these, they are usually detected and estimated on a subconcious level) and then raise the child with
another man who has a better ability to provide for her and the child, the rich guy.
Human mating habits are one of the weirdest and most complicated ones in the world if you think about it. But I guess that has produced the best
results so far, seeing as we're on the top of the foodchain.
Dopamine and seratonin.
When you're driving a fast car, bungee jumping, gambling or doing something else that is dangerous, for some people the body releases dopamine which
gives the person a good feeling, a kind of high. This is sort of a reward the body gives to the person for doing something risky and getting away with
it, and it encourages these people to take more risks. Back in the old days, this would be the person who is first out of the cave, who is first to
explore the next unknown valley, who starts the first fire, the first to sail a boat across an ocean and so on. They are the spearhead of human
Without them I would not be here typing this.
For other people, when they're bungee jumping or doing something seemingly dangerous, the body releases seratonin, which gives them a bad feeling,
like they didn't enjoy it. These are the people who stayed in the caves, kept the fire going, survived.
Without them we'd probably be extinct.
In other words, human evolution seems to be an addiction, like you have to certain drugs. While in most cases you could say this is a good addiction,
but when does it become a bad one?
When is this fast-paced rate of evolution bad for our survival as a species?
I can imagine that the scientists who invented the nuclear bomb were on this dopamine high. They did something they knew was dangerous and got away
with it -- dopamine injection.
I can also imagine the scientists who are pioneering in todays top-notch technologies also get on this high.
Personally I think this addiction becomes bad, or at least needs to be controlled and slowed down, when you start to invent, to create, a whole other
"species" which rivals your own. I'm talking about machines and artificial intelligence, or rather the combination of those two.
Nowadays, every year, humans produce more new information than in the past few thousand years combined. The basic gist of Moore's Law is that he
number of transistors per square inch on integrated circuits doubles every year, which has actually become a self-fulfilling prophecy as industry
struggles to keep up with it.
Once artificial intelligence suprasses human intelligence, and machines are able to create better versions of themselves, humans are no longer of use
to them and might be seen as a rival and a threat, as these machines would be seen to humans aswell (it's in our nature) ... the danger is not
imminent though, might take 50-100 years.
Are we digging our own graves by evolving technology at this rate, while our own minds, brains and bodies are not evolving even nearly at the same
Just some thoughts and ideas. What are your opinions?