Tagged: evolution

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Pathway to the Global Brain (part 2/5): Waking Up

My contribution to the discussion on the Global Brain is rooted in evolutionary anthropology. Questions about our existence and emergence have fascinated me from the start of my academic career. Specifically I spent the first period of my career focused on solving problems related to the difference between humans and chimpanzees. Now I would like to use the theory of challenge propagation to understand the nature of human metasystem transitions. How do we achieve higher order? And when will we achieve another higher level of order?

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The Future of Intelligence

Human intelligence, like everything related to biological systems, is an evolving phenomenon. It has not been static in the past, and will not persist in its current form into the future.

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PETA Wants Meat!

The animal rights group is offering a $1 million prize for “the first person to come up with a method to produce commercially viable quantities of in vitro meat at competitive prices by 2012.”

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Post-Darwinian Hedonic Engineering

PEARCE: In maybe three or four decades or so, we’ll be choosing such traits as the average hedonic set point of our children. Over time, I think allelic combinations [suites of variant copies of mission-critical genes] that leave their bearers predisposed to unpleasant states of consciousness — unpleasant states that were genetically adaptive in our ancestral environment — will be weeded out of the gene pool.

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Manipulating Evolution

H+: I might spend the whole day thinking about politics, economics — thinking about solutions to knotty human problems — and then I start thinking that a lot of this is hardwired. Maybe nothing really good is going to happen unless we change our wiring. Unless we actually technically evolve. Is that part of the intrigue with biotechnology?