Researchers: Human evolution speeding up

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  1. Dark_Convoy

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    That's really interesting. And it makes some very intuitive points that just weren't obvious to me.

    I'd always kinda figured that humanity was both converging and evolving slower--the former on account of increased genetic mingling secondary to the lack of physical isolation, and the latter thanks to medicine and society preventing comparatively undesirable genes from being passed on (for example, cystic fibrosis, or even something as simple as cleft lip).

    I've gotta believe those still have an effect, but the arguments presented in the article certainly suggest they're not the determining factors.

    Anybody remember the aside in "Starship Troopers" (THE NOVEL) about the paradise planet with no background radiation, and how in a thousand years humanity would have moved on past the residents there due to their lack of evolution? Crazy stuff, hits closer to home now.
     
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    Does this mean mutant powers will finally be realized??
     
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    It means natural selection will eliminate cankles all the sooner.
     
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    Thanks for the article, DC.

    I found it interesting but not compelling enough to be completely convinced -still, it is great food for thought.
    It kind of goes against the theory that eventually technological innovation will replace biological adaptation.
     
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    I don't think that'll happen until we start living in absolutely controlled/sterilized environments.
     
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    Yeah -I don't argue with the theory either.
    I am just stating that this article kind of counters it. Kind of.
     
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    Human evolution took a HUUUGE step forward on November 12th, 1978.
     
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    So, I'm not the only one who's rejoiced by this.
     

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