Originally posted by Teikeon
So in doing a little thinking I've come to the conclusion that the biggest "non-environmental" catalyst in our future would be quantum computer
processing. I think once this is achieved it will give humans the jump they've been looking for technologically. Once we have quantum computers a
whole host of advancements will be made in rapid succession. We should go from what we are now to what we could be virtually overnight. I could be off
the mark but that is my answer and I'm sticking with it.
With a little research into computing in the Viet Nam era, the modeling of computer motherboards through human neural networks, etc., and some science
fiction reading, you may find we already did what you are suggesting. And wouldn't be that the worst horror of all: because, by your own
description, this is where we went to from there, this same repetitive cycle of crap, with people posting on CT websites.....even the idea and word
"web," get it? Quantum entanglement, anyone, and oh, the tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.
As to the OP's question, I just posted this link on another thread, but find it pertinent here, in terms of evolutionary jumps, if there are such
things, as you describe: the man's name is Andrew Collins. This is his website, about Cygnus and the ideas that certain neutrino influxes as
specific times in our "his-tory" may coincide with advances in technology, and human thought and science, evolution, etc.;
www.andrewcollins.com...Link: Cygnus Andrew Collins
Fromt the link:
Ever since the discovery in the 1920s that radiation can cause gene mutations, scientists have speculated on the role that high energy cosmic rays
might have played in evolution. Indeed, as early as 1930 it became the theme of a science-fiction story in which cosmic rays were harnessed by a mad
scientist in order to rapidly transform himself into a super being millions of years ahead of his time, while similar ideas must have been behind the
entrance of the alien black monolith among a community of ape-men in Arthur C. Clarke's classic "2001: A Space Odyssey." Moreover, lone of the
greatest scientific minds of the twentieth century, American Astronomer Carl Sagan wrote in 1973 that human evolution was the result of incoming
cosmic rays from some distant neutron star, demonstrating how everything in the universe affects everything else. It was a bold notion, but one
destined not to find favor among geneticists, simply because there was no hard evidence that cosmic rays--first confirmed during a series of balloon
ascents in 1912 by Austrian physicist Victor F. Hess (1883-1964) - have any real impact on evolution, whatever their origin (since there is no
consensus on this fact.)
Indeed, H.J. Muller (1890-1967), the American geneticist whose work with the fruit fly Drosophila led to the realization that radiation (he used
X-rays and later radium) was a mutagen, addressed the topic in a paper published in 1930 and again in 1952. He concluded that the cosmic ray flux
penetrating the upper atmosphere and reaching ground level was inadequate to explain spontaneous mutations in life forms, whatever their tup. Muller
was not wrong, but had he been privy to modern scientific data that clearly demonstrates that at certain times in the Earth's history it has been
bombarded with high levels of cosmic rays then he might have thought again.
Worth a read, OP,, if you are interested, as your posting seems to give that impression.
For me, especially having answered the above poster the way I did, I think very little is "natural," or left to chance in any way where we are here,
wherever that is, and I do not think it is where we are all inculcated to believe it is, simply, a planet called earth, so many rocks from the sun.
If the above poster I answered is interested in more of what I was referring to technologically, and perhaps answers to why even industrialization may
have taken place (and it wasn't for the so-called "progress" of humanity, IMHO) trwo short stories which I recommended on another thread as well:
Zelazny's "For a Breath I Tarry," and , I think, the author Harlen Ellison's "I Need To Scream and I Have No Mouth."
As you can see, these days, I'm always the life and funnest part of the party. Sorry