The Waves of Change

images1Evolution is a pretty touchy topic as there are those sanctimoniously thin-skinned among us who will have no second thoughts of calling you an irreligious, godless SOB when you talk about it. But let’s talk about evolution as our eyes see it – the salient and remarkable technological changes we see around us, affecting our very own lives. I am truly amazed and fascinated by the human brain because it evolves faster than any of the human being’s physical attributes. Scholars have suggested, largely based on anecdotal evidence, that at some point in our human history, aliens from outer space may have visited earth and copulated with earthlings and injected their more advanced genes into our specie. The astonishing, exponential surge of our human intelligence in such a short period of time leapfrogged our very own expectations of the human brain’s evolution hence the appeal of the alien intervention postulate. Or perhaps the human brain on its own is truly special, an enigmatic blob of energy that has boundless and limitless capacity when you nurture and stimulate it right.

I chanced upon this video which talks about the changes that will challenge man in the near future – the economy and technology. If you have 18 mins to spare, I strongly suggest that you watch the video. The first 7 minutes talks about the financial crisis and its impact on the economy and the remainder provides a fascinating insight on the potential scientific advancements of the future that could trigger man’s self designed evolution.

I don’t want to dwell much on the economy because it is a subject that had been beaten black and blue for the last 6 months. President Obama may be very well on the right track with his health care reform to save the USA from bankruptcy. Americans normally shun anything that purport notions of socialism but I will not be surprised if the US government impose a consumption tax much like the VAT (Value Added Tax) in the future if things get real tight with the deficit. It may be a tough pill to swallow but it could extricate the country from the deficit bind.

I am more intrigued with the speaker’s prediction of growing cells and tissues and the thought of a futuristic biological parts store, ala Radio Shack, where people could shop for a body part replacement. The tought of a blind person getting an eye that behaves like a camera lens certainly exceeds the capabilities the creator has given us. I’m curious as to what the long gone founders of religion would have to say about this – a miracle or work of the devil? Would the advent of super robots downgrade man’s workload ? Perhaps we could see countries warring with each other with unmanned drones and robot soldiers confining men as the brains of the whole spectacle of destruction. Our brains certainly have the power to accelerate our evolution and control our own destiny. I dare not speculate on the world order that would seek control of the affairs of the earth when the ultimate reboot happens but I hear echoes of John Lennon’s song Imagine when I think about this scenario.

One thing that perplexes me after watching the video, that despite the incredible and remarkable breakthroughs and predictions of scientific advancements in the generations to come, a considerable part of our world today still live in the medieval age where the predatorial rule of the jungle reigns, with people unsure whether they would see the sunrise the next day. Famine and poverty are very real in some parts of our world. The human race doesn’t seem to collectively progress towards the evolution of our intelligence. While some of us are working on farming of human organs to cure illnesses and prolong life others can barely eat three times a day to keep themselves alive. Why the disparity? Is intelligence the monopoly of the few? Don’t we all have brains? Perhaps the power of one’s innate intelligence can only be effectively harnessed and stimulated by some measure of enlightenment which is a requisite ingridient of the evolutionary process. Without such enlightenment, a restrictive, myopic view of the world constricts the power of thinking which paves way for stagnation and retrogression. Just a thought.

42 Responses

  1. “Perhaps the power of one’s innate intelligence can only be effectively harnessed and stimulated by some measure of enlightenment which is a requisite ingredient of the evolutionary process.”

    I have to agree to this. The link between intelligence and enlightenment can be likened to a will and a way that the former will only be beneficial if it results in the latter.

    • If half of the world is enjoying in prosperity and the other half wallowing in abject poverty and misery there is a great disconnect ! Are the latter are brain dead ? 😦

      • i really don’t know. i guess justin timberlake’s twitter comment can fit in here: maybe God loves the former more.

        • lol on Justin Timberlake πŸ™‚ My logic agrees with you bro but ironically, many would disagree with us and say that the latter are special that in view of their misery, they in fact will inherit the kingdom of heaven πŸ˜‰

  2. ill watch the video later. thanks for sharing.

  3. i’m curious if the ultimate reboot will lead to the destruction of the human race. You can’t tamper with nature and expect everything to be ok.

    • Many people consider the ultimate reboot as intervention of natural’s process and the wrath of Gog or nature for that matter will take its revenge sooner or later. In the end, the force of nature prevails and any changes man does can be subverted by nature anytime.

  4. Too bad it takes forever to download the video. But on the issue of evolution, I have a very naive question which I raised when I was still a kid and until now, I still don’t seem to have an answer to: If man evolved from monkeys, how come there are still monkeys up to this day?

    • Please make sure you watch the video for this post to make any sense hehe πŸ™‚

      Here’s an answer for you :

      “We share A COMMON ANCESTOR with living apes, but we have not evolved from them directly.”

    • This is possible through NATURAL SELECTION

      Different population of the species that might have been the common ancestor of all the living apes, hominids (including humans) and monkeys might have been separated from each other and encountered different geographical and climatic problems that favored some traits they possessed.

      Some of the population remained in the jungle where prehensile tails prove to be beneficial so they evolved into the monkeys that we know to this day. Some of the ancient population has to adapt with cold weather, and the environment favored those with thicker furs, leaving those with thinner once to perish, thus in time, with successive breeding of the ancient population, only the furry once survived until such time that the gene for the thin fur has been eliminated and alas we have a new breed, then a subspecie until alas a new species that is distinct from the ancestor or the other species that have evolved into something else, came to life.

      Humans are believed to have originated from the population that decided to live on the grassland.

  5. By the way, I’m not religious. πŸ™‚

  6. That’s a fascinating video BW. I can say that Michael Jackson was born in the wrong generation πŸ™‚

    • Maybe.. If MJ was born in the ultimate reboot era he will have a ball redesigning and enhancing his body parts πŸ™‚

  7. Whoa! And there’s an answer somewhere in the wide, wide web. Why didn’t I click the search button? Hehe. But it’s still a debatable topic, no? Anyway, I’ll try to download the video soon. It intrigues me so. πŸ™‚

    • The video doesn’t really dwell too much on the Darwinian theory of evolution. Rather, it simply says that today’s homo sapien, because of its superior intelligence could dictate and accelerate the evolution of its specie hence the author’s connotation of homo evolutis – humans who control their own evolution !

  8. the evolution from traditional media to new social media, or Web 2.0, as others call it, is one great example of evolution. not only does it change the way people communicate, but it also changes the way organizations are managed.

    • so true. The news of Google PC, equipped with its own operating system mainly for web browsing certainly poses a threat to Microsoft Windows. I have no qualms that in the very near future, we do not need to purchase application programs for loading onto our PC hard disks. Every conceivable program can be purchased or subscribed through the net, it will resident in the net and all we have to do is call the application remotely on our internet enabled PC’s. Our home PC’s will be what we can call “thin clients” – with a powerful browser, no fat hard disks containing slews of programs. Our PC’s which will be much easier to maintain. As for data storage, the question as to whether we keep it in data warehouses on the net or onto our own hard disks is still being debated. With the increasing bandwidth in the wireless spectrum , powerful encryption technology and appropriate government regulation, storing everything on the net is a real possibility. This kind of technology truly enhances the way we do things both individually and as organizations.

      I’m not a fan of Microsoft so I’m all giddy for Google to succeed. But hey, I saw on the news today that Microsoft and Yahoo are forming an alliance πŸ˜‰ Hmmm..

  9. Bill Gates will do everything in his power to decimate Google. Trust me. He made many companies go out of business and he will do the same to Google. Vista sucks but people have no choice. Apple is just so expensive.

    • With the Google PC people will have a choice. If you do more browsing than anything like what most people do, I think the Google PC will get a good share of the market.

      Apple is great but as you said it is pretty pricey. In truth I nearly bought a MAC laptop but I figure my wife, daughter and myself will compete to use it and never use our Windows laptop ( which is still relatively new ) any longer πŸ˜‰ Once you have a MAC at home, you won’t have interest in using other machines 😎

  10. you know what? i suddenly remembered an old joke because of this.

    Teacher: Class, all of us came from God and were made by God.
    Student: But Ma’am, I thought we came from the Apes.
    Teacher: We’re not talking about your family kid. lang.hehe

    • hehehe πŸ™‚ That’s one nasty teacher πŸ˜†

      here’s another one :

      One day the zoo-keeper noticed that the orang-utan was reading two books – the Bible and Darwin’s The Origin of Species. In surprise he asked the ape, “Why are you reading both those books”?
      “Well,” said the orang-utang, “I just wanted to know if I was my brother’s keeper or my keeper’s brother.” :mrgreen:

  11. Can’t see the vid, only white space. 😦

    Anyway that postulation about aliens impregnating locals maybe based in human and ape genes. It was found out that we share 99% of our genes with chimps. What makes us superior to the rest of the faunas is the other 1% .

    As for the descrepancy on the standard of living between, say, the west against africa or the middle east or asia; I believe culture and environment are major factors. Since these two can mold the thinking process of a brain.

    • Hmm… i could play the video without any problem. If you can’t view it, check this link out :

      Culture does dictate how a person must think and behave. People who question are more progressive than those who merely conform because they can innovate and not merely follow.

  12. If there’s one thing that man hasn’t evolved out of, it’s his appetite for wanton destruction, whether to his environment, or to his own kind. Sometimes I think evolution, rather than a boon, will ultimately become the bane of man’s existence. This is very evident in the way weapons of mass destruction are becoming more and more efficient.

    • As long as religion continues to radicalize man’s thinking, the threat of destruction of the world always exists but I am a bit more optimistic that man will become a more enlightened specie in the next 100 years and will become better stewards of the environment . Well, I hope so πŸ™‚

  13. A lot of people are having confusion about the Bible and the creation of the world and mankind because of that silly “Big Bang Theory”… and now another theory came up… That is so sad. 😦

    • The greatest thing about democracy is people are free to discuss about anything and not fear retribution from his fellowmen. It is confusing indeed as there are people who believe in God, and also Darwin’s evolution and the Big Bang theory – all at the same time.

  14. 18 minutes nga yung video.. kaya di ko na tinapos.. sorry…

    mas madali ata maghanap ng cure to illness than cure poverty. cure to illness, pag nakita mo sagot.. bigay mo sa tao, gagaling na siya. cure to poverty, bigay mo sa tao.. most likely di eepekto. kasi nasa tao yan, and most likely stubborn ang tao. resistant to change kahit na it would be better for them

    • 18 mins is a bit too long eh? No worries, you can finish it some other time πŸ˜‰

      True, it may take years of research and billions of dollars to cure an illness and you can consider it a success- end of story. As for pagbibigay ng material things to solve poverty, many times over and over it has been proven that it doesn’t work. The resistance to change for the better when there is opportunity provided is di kaya a form of mental block ?

  15. “aliens from outer space may have visited earth and copulated with earthlings and injected their more advanced genes into our specie.”

    “of growing cells and tissues and the thought of a futuristic biological parts store”

    In the 14th episode (Faces) of the Star Trek: Voyager, the away team which included Chief Engineer Torres (half-human half-Klingon) was captured by Vidiians. A Vidiian scientist has used advanced medical technology to create two forms of Torres from her mixed DNA, one pure Klingon and one pure human.

    • looks the like the alien intervention was postulated by scholars who were avid fans of Star Trek hehe πŸ˜† wow, you remember the episodes. Looks like you’re one heck of a Star Trek fan yourself πŸ˜‰

  16. stem cell research and the likes have been the whipping boy of religious groups.

    yes, science without ethics is madness.

    but religion shouldn’t be in the way of science.

    • absolutely true. It will be a vicious tug of war between the conservatives and liberals in every government all over the world. It will be interesting to find out who wins πŸ˜‰

  17. I agree fully with this idea BW, about how the mind evolves so much faster that the exponential surge in civilization is mostly attributed to the power of the human intelligence.

    Beginning from the Industrial Age at the start of modern history, man’s fascination with the unknown and of discovery had led to so much progress that for certain, we live in much bearable world than the primitive era that man had to contend to centuries ago, where brutal wars permeate and the instinct for nugatory actions are far more severe.

    • Perhaps one of the dark side of the human race is it’s failure to equitably share and distribute the intelligence to the four corners of the world. The master-slave social order may have been responsible for the disparity. Things have changed but the have nots need to exist for the haves it seems.

  18. And besides, I’ve read that our mind is merely using 5% of its capacity at any given time. It has lots of potential. And I do not know if it’s true, but there’s a notion among scientists today that mostly what is known today is merely 5% of what is actually to be known in the universe, as a matter of fact.

    • wow, that’s a very startling figure and I heard that once we unravel the equation of the universe, it can be etched on the back part of a T shirt hehe πŸ™‚ Now that is truly mind boggling if it ever happens 😯

  19. I’m more fascinated why we were put in these beautiful islands called Philippines YET we are so screwed up as a people. An how we acquired 90+ dialects and over 100 ethnic groups who seemed to not get along needs to be probed, hehe…

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