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Humans who successfully worked on themselves to undergo this metasystem transition would become self-evolving beings—organisms that are able to adapt in whatever ways are necessary for future evolutionary success, relatively unfettered by their biological past or by their previous life experiences (Stewart, 2000).
The individual will see that humans who continue to be guided only by their pre-existing reward and motivation systems are as absurd as a wind-up toy soldier that has run into a wall and fallen onto its back, but continues to march, on and on.
Before the transition, humans are largely incapable of implementing behaviours that are inconsistent with their pre-existing reward and motivation system, even where their mental modelling reveals that the behaviours are far more adaptive in evolutionary terms.
www.goertzel.org /dynapsyc/2001/PsyEv.htm   (7590 words)

 The Moral Imperative of Our Future Evolution. Eugenics   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
For example, the possibilities and the morality of rational human evolution obviously cannot be judged from the abominations of a psychopath.
Evolution is dominated by feedback of the evolved activities of organisms on their evolution.
Human cell lines might even be tailored to form particular parts of chimeric persons, such as the brains or gonads, with the rest of the body coming from cells of a different constitution.
home.comcast.net /~neoeugenics/camp.htm   (12868 words)

 ScienceDaily: Key Brain Regulatory Gene Shows Evolution In Humans
They reported that, compared to lower primates, humans possess a distinctive variant in a regulatory segment of the prodynorphin gene, which is a precursor molecule for a range of regulatory proteins called "neuropeptides." This variant increases the amount of prodynorphin produced in the brain.
Gene May Be Key To Evolution Of Larger Human Brain (January 13, 2004) -- Howard Hughes Medical Institute researchers have identified a gene that appears to have played a role in the expansion of the human brain's cerebral cortex -- a hallmark of the evolution of humans...
Human biology -- Human biology is an academic field of biology which focuses on humans; it is closely related to medicine, primate biology, and a number of other fields.
www.sciencedaily.com /releases/2005/12/051212120211.htm   (2394 words)

 Early Humans - Ancient Civilization
Speculation about the future evolution of humans is often explored in science fiction.
Sometimes evolution to a being of pure spirit is imagined, sometimes continued speciation as humans fill various ecological niches.
Some scientists believe that evolution of human beings has now ended, because humanity as a species no longer has to adapt to its environment: rather, humans are capable of changing their environment to suit their own needs.
www.ancient-civilization.info /early-humans   (820 words)

 John Hawks Anthropology Weblog
Human biology, like that of all other living organisms on Earth, is the result of natural selection and other evolutionary mechanisms.
The human population could only move to those variants that were common enough to be selected and advantageous enough to overcome relatively strong genetic drift.
Humans are no longer threatened by predators their own size, and medicine cancels out inherited infirmities ranging from hemophilia to nearsightedness.
johnhawks.net /weblog/reviews/future   (7354 words)

 Howstuffworks "How Evolution Works"
The theory of evolution is one of the best-known scientific theories around.
Evolution is fascinating because it attempts to answer one of the most basic human questions: Where did life, and human beings, come from?
National attention has focused on whether evolution is simply a hypothesis among many or the standard scientific explanation for human origins.
science.howstuffworks.com /evolution.htm   (277 words)

 The J-Walk Blog: Future Evolution   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Looking into the future: The future ascent (and descent) of man.
Humanity could evolve into two sub-species within 100,000 years as social divisions produce a genetic underclass, a scientist said yesterday.
But on the other hand, the probability that the human species will survive 100,000 years is zero.
j-walkblog.com /index.php?/weblog/posts/future_evolution   (139 words)

 Amazon.com: Future Evolution: Books: Peter Ward   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The future he forecasts is more chilling; Ward states unequivocally that humans are virtually "extinction-proof" owing to their ability to alter environmental conditions and insulate themselves from adverse conditions that affect every other species.
Future Evolution is not the book that I'd recommend to first time Ward readers; in my opinion, first timers should start with Time Machines [1998] or Rivers in Time [2000, an updated version of The End Of Evolution (1994)].
This Future Evolution book prints things like the extinction of dinosaurs date as 65 million years like this is a fact that that is when the dinos went extinct (save for birds).
www.amazon.com /Future-Evolution-Peter-Ward/dp/0716734966   (3443 words)

 "Future Evolution" by Peter Ward - Salon
Maybe humans will have developed a handy fertility switch, to be flicked on only when we want babies.
And while human beings had a hand in the demise of the megamammals, and even in determining which among the new species would survive, we aren't going to die out in some kind of earthly tit-for-tat.
He even includes a charming anecdote of how the BBC asked him to be a scientific advisor for a television series on the future of evolution -- with one catch.
dir.salon.com /story/books/review/2002/01/29/ward/index.html   (1231 words)

 Human evolution - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The earliest known catarrhine is Kamoyapithecus from uppermost Oligocene at Eragaleit in the northern Kenya rift valley, dated to 24 Ma (millions of years before present).
Henry McHenry, specializes in studies of human evolution, the origins of bipedality, and paleoanthropology
human evolution - molecular evolution - phylogenetics - systematics
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Human_evolution   (3690 words)

 2/5/2005 -- King rat and the brilliant squibbon
Ward is among the academics who focus on the future of evolution.
British geologist Dougal Dixon, in the book "The Future is Wild," creates a scenario millions of years from now in which humans become extinct and are replaced by an animal kingdom dominated by a giant land-based squid.
Ward isn't convinced and says his interest in the field of future evolution is driven by presenting scenarios that contrast with visions such as Dixon's.
forests.org /articles/reader.asp?linkid=41451   (1335 words)

 EVOLUTION of HUMANS   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
EVOLUTION of the HUMAN SKULL: The human skull has changed over the past 3 million years.
As the skull changed from the Australopithecus to the Homo sapien, the capacity of the cranium increased from the growth of the brain.
There is still a lot of information that is to be learned from the future research on fossils.
warrensburg.k12.mo.us /ew/humans/matt.html   (227 words)

 Myrmex Paradigm by Edwin Eugene Ott
Humans, cattle, and wolves are all social creatures, but I would rate humans and wolves more spiritually alike than humans and cattle.
We humans are presently in the mist of massive changes in the ways we communicate.
The clear human superiority to ants, as far as communication goes, appears to be largely quantitative.
www.futureperspective.com /myrmex.htm   (1763 words)

 Evolution: Humans: Babies by Design
They might even alter the genes of a developing fetus and create, in effect, custom-made babies.
Like no other species on Earth, we humans can influence what genes and traits are passed on to future generations -- and thereby impact the course of our evolution.
Explore what the future may hold, and ask yourself...
www.pbs.org /wgbh/evolution/humans/babies   (127 words)

 Transforming Humans - Atari Forums
Transhumanism is the advocacy of using life-enhancing technology to improve the human condition.
America, and indeed the world, is entering a new age where significant advances in bio and nanotechnology might allow humans to live better and longer lives.
The question of whether that person is still human, and whether that matters, will be of utmost import from both a legal and cultural point of view.
www.ataricommunity.com /forums/showthread.php?t=446672   (2590 words)

 LiveScience.com - Evolution, Human Evolution, Theory Of Evolution
The theory of evolution states that overtime, as new species began to evolve, the more dominant species were in greatest control of the Earth’s population.
In theory, evolution is believed to have taken billions and billions of years, which has frequently conflicted with the religious beliefs of many.
The idea of evolution was first recorded on paper by Charles Darwin in his 1859 book The Origin of Species.
www.livescience.com /evolution   (534 words)

 Rodents could rule future animal kingdom - Future of Evolution - MSNBC.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Sure, humans will still have their pets, but they probably will not thrive on their own and many will be genetically engineered.
Many agree that animal evolution will be shaped by urbanization, genetic engineering and climate change.
"You've got to assume that humans are going to continue and at high population numbers," he tells MSNBC.com.
www.msnbc.msn.com /id/7118065   (903 words)

 Interactive: Before and after humans - Future of Evolution - MSNBC.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Interactive: Before and after humans - Future of Evolution - MSNBC.com
MSNBC Home » Technology and Science » Science » Future of Evolution
Fast Forward: The Future of Evolution Section Front
www.msnbc.msn.com /id/7348103   (76 words)

 The Future of the Body - Atari Forums
This is an older article from the september 2005 issue of popular science, but I think it will be interesting to most of the people here.
All these innovations are in development; some are already being tested on human subjects.
What I do know is that a good deal of what will exist in the future will be profit driven.
www.ataricommunity.com /forums/showthread.php?t=510775   (2320 words)

 carlini teach
This course reviews the process of evolution from the initial organic soup that existed some four billion years ago to the relatively recent emergence of humans.
It investigates why species change over time, both in their individual characteristics and their relative abundance, and examines how cultural and technological advances are influencing the current and future biological evolution of humans.
Patterns of gene transmission; gene structure, function, interactions, and mutation; chromosomal aberrations; nonchromosomal inheritance; biochemical genetics; and population genetics.
www.american.edu /cas/bio/faculty_media/carlini/teach.html   (294 words)

 Betterhumans   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The development of humanoid robots today focuses on three major areas: control of manipulators, biped locomotion, and interaction with humans.
Computers can now analyze a face from video or a still image and infer almost as accurately as humans (or better) the emotion it displays.
We may one day give sentient machines the kind of rights traditionally reserved for humans, according to the British government-commissioned Horizon Scan report.
www.betterhumans.com   (1279 words)

 Evolution -- Charles Darwin & A. R. Wallace
Here Huxley summarizes evidence for evolution, before, during and after Darwin's life, and Darwin's enduring influence on the course of scientific thought.
Thomas Robert Malthus, 1766-1834, was credited by both Darwin and Wallace for supplying insight into a cause of evolution.
Creationists and proponents of ID have provided several lists of quotations from evolutionary biologists which they claim somehow disprove evolution.
darwiniana.org   (842 words)

 Singularity is Near
The Singularity is an era in which our intelligence will become increasingly nonbiological and trillions of times more powerful than it is today—the dawning of a new civilization that will enable us to transcend our biological limitations and amplify our creativity.
KurzweilAI.net features ideas, writing, and technologies of visionaries examining the confluence of accelerating revolutions that will shape the future and the inside story on new technological and social realities from the pioneers actively working in these arenas.
Multimedia resource highlighting book reviews, articles about Ray Kurzweil and the Singularity, downloadable photo archives, access to print and radio interviews.
singularity.com   (168 words)

 Salon.com Books | "Future Evolution" by Peter Ward
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Future Evolution: An Illuminated History of Life to Come
Alison Motluk is a freelance writer living in Toronto
archive.salon.com /books/review/2002/01/29/ward   (1309 words)

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