reply to post by koldpatrol
What other life form on this planet has evolved so much so quickly??? 100 years ago we were still using horse and buggy and 60+ years later we were in
Biological evolution has nothing to do with technology. There is no rapid evolution of modern man. Our evolution is substantiated in the fossil
record, and we have examples of many different hominids from other branches of our family tree that we suspect had comparable intelligence to modern
humans - such as Neanderthal. Indeed, modern humans are not even "Homo Sapiens" in the colloquial sense. We're "Homo Sapiens Sapiens" - a
sub-branch of Homo Sapiens, of which another sister species (Homo Sapiens Idaltu) branched off parallel to our own, but who later went extinct.
There is absolutely no evidence that humans have been genetically tampered with. Contrast this also with the fact that Homo Sapiens Sapiens have been
around for about 200,000 years, whereas the rise of civilization and technology has only been traced back to about 10,000 years ago with the invention
of agriculture that allowed permanent settlements. These settlements allowed for commerce and written languages, which in turn lead to scholars and
the beginnings of the rise of technology. Before then, we only have evidence of humans being hunter-gatherers. For the VAST majority of human history,
we were tribal nomads following game herds.
So we appeared on the scene, potentially no smarter or dumber than we are today, 200,000 years ago - and yet only appear to use that intelligence to
further our species in the last 10,000 years or so. This is a pretty big disconnect and seems to refute any indication that humanity was specially
created or engineered by aliens. However, this fits fairly well with what how we suspect humans developed naturally (both biologically and culturally)
considering we still occasionally find isolated "lost" tribes of hunter-gatherers today.
Insofar as the rise in technology itself, I think you're mistaking a natural acceleration of technological discovery with "alien intervention". The
problem is, I believe, that the rate technological discovery is not linear - but is exponential. I believe that Ray Kurzweil is right in thinking that
the rate of discovery increases as we make more and more discoveries. We use our already discovered technology to fuel the next generation of
discovery. As each generation passes, we have better, faster, and more accurate tools with which to discover - which leads to an acceleration in the
process. He calls it his law of accelerating returns. I would definitely look into this if you're interested in the incredible rate of technological
discovery we're finding ourselves in. It's not going to slow down either, and may eventually come to a point he calls the "Singularity" - in which
the rate of discovery is so fast that we can no longer disseminate the information as fast as it's coming in. This will likely be heralded by the
invention of smarter than human Artificial Intelligence - or the augmentation of human intelligence beyond natural bounds.
He predicts it will occur around 2040-2050, while others contend it may take up to 2100 or 2150, but regardless, it will happen rather quickly.
Especially compared to the past 200,000 years of human development.
Evolution is the path to advancing spiritually(the next dimension?) and intelligently.
No, it's not. Evolution is merely the adaptation of an organism to better fit it's environment. It has nothing to do with becoming arbitrarily
"better" in any regard - as evolution often takes away advanced features in favor of more advantageous ones. It has nothing to do with spiritualism
or higher consciousness. Indeed, intelligence is likely an evolutionary dead end. Recall all of humanities sister species who had fairly well
developed intelligence. Homo Sapiens Sapiens are the ONLY survivors. This seems to indicate that such an energy expensive organ that provides such a
problem for childbirth when coupled with bipedalism is NOT favored by Evolution. We're only still around today, likely, because we have figured out
how to use that intelligence to circumvent the natural pressures that would have weeded us out.
It's still yet to be seen whether or not that intelligence will cause us to weed ourselves out of the picture, and at a much faster rate than which
[edit on 15-12-2008 by Lasheic]