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    Default How do we evolve? Are Forums an Extant Example of our Success?

    I was just thinking about something that I heard a while back:
    Homo Sapiens had a significantly smaller brain than the Neanderthal. Consumption of higher amounts of protein via fish and other meats inevitably led to this in both branches. Neanderthals were supposedly capable of higher order cognitive functioning because of this larger brain.

    But why did we still persist despite being disadvantaged in this crucial area? This is because our larynx allowed us to make more complex variations of sounds. Neanderthals had a simpler version of this, allowing them to make sounds diminutive in complexity compared to us. We therefore had a more complex language system, so we can preserve knowledge and transmit it generation to generation. In essence, this "story-telling" ability allowed us to communicate as well as collectively memorize knowledge, not just learn it with acuity.

    So despite this, we survive because we can speak and write better. That is why I feel privileged to be able to communicate with my fellow online companions on this site because we articulate and share ideas. This is the quintessential expression of intelligence and productivity.

    Now for your thoughts: What is the next step in our evolution? What steps will we humans take next in the course of evolution? What do you think is necessary for us to transcend the "information age?" Is it spiritual, physical, or inventive? Also, does our survival based upon "collectivized knowledge" mean that communism is the ideal for us? It's up to you for your input.

    All ideas are welcome, nothing is too crazy for this discussion. Leave no bases untouched, thanks in advance.

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    Oh, I almost forgot to include my own input to start off:
    I personally view Linux as a microcosm of the next step in human evolution. The Linux community works TOGETHER to improve and produce free results. This is all for the benefit of the user. Why not kick the Linux idea up one notch?

    So I was thinking the next step would be to implement more interrelatedness in the global community. Perhaps cerebral implants that would unify our thoughts? Maybe these implants can be used to monitor thoughts and weed out counter-productive deviants (like an efficient police system). It would also help to promote good ideas and work together concurrently. How about an organic internet that would make us amalgamate our being and thoughts into one entity? There seems to be no delay in this process.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WithoutaFace View Post
    So I was thinking the next step would be to implement more interrelatedness in the global community. Perhaps cerebral implants that would unify our thoughts? Maybe these implants can be used to monitor thoughts and weed out counter-productive deviants (like an efficient police system). It would also help to promote good ideas and work together concurrently. How about an organic internet that would make us amalgamate our being and thoughts into one entity? There seems to be no delay in this process.
    You're not serious? How does homogenization constitute 'evolution'? Evolution only ever progresses by divergence, not convergence.

    I'm reminded of this thread. Which never really took off. I have more to write on this but can't currently be arsed.
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    Well everything in our lives have been pointing towards convergence these days. Look at the information age for example. Our flourishing on this globe has been heavily dependent on the information age (internet). We have revolutionized everything with it. We survived while Neanderthals did not because of the ability to share information via language.

    You're right, we did survive because of genetic variability. That variability aided survival because of chance adaptation that would arise randomly. These adaptations would fit and persists because of environmental conduciveness. However, what if the latest trend is to come together? Not necessarily destroying others' individualities and thoughts, but allowing us to come together as one entity. Treating human units as cells in one giant organism. That's what I meant. (You're a Police fan!!!!!!! I love "Wrapped Around Your Finger")

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    That is too far-fetched. We need a more practical response - we want to approach the future by solving the current and potential future problems. So start by advertising the problems all over, then work approaches to solve the problems, and choose the best one. Then follow through with that solution until the problem is solved.

    Potential future problems are Overpopulation, Climate Change, and Privacy Control.

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    Well that's interesting how you brought up privacy control. Maybe privacy is what is preventing us from growing and taking it to the next level. We are too individualistic. Does this sound like and agenda for socialism/communism? Maybe, what do you think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WithoutaFace View Post
    Well that's interesting how you brought up privacy control. Maybe privacy is what is preventing us from growing and taking it to the next level. We are too individualistic. Does this sound like and agenda for socialism/communism? Maybe, what do you think?
    You know, that's what I thought we (at least in the U.S.) were headed towards. But come to think of it, the world is getting smaller these days (not literally), and everything is becoming intertwined - society, politics, economics, etc. We are slowly almost evolving into one supernation, where every action everywhere affects everyone involved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheChosenOne View Post
    You know, that's what I thought we (at least in the U.S.) were headed towards. But come to think of it, the world is getting smaller these days (not literally), and everything is becoming intertwined - society, politics, economics, etc. We are slowly almost evolving into one supernation, where every action everywhere affects everyone involved.
    Doesn't it seem that way? I just had this notion that this is a substantial step in our evolution. One that transcends mere genetics. It's almost as if we're coming back full circle. From diversification to unification. It's kind of duplicitous in nature: unification through diversification if you think about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WithoutaFace View Post
    Are Forums an Extant Example of our Success?
    MY GOD, you must be joking .

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    Articulation, the hallmark of human success. Also, that forum question you referenced was more rhetorical than inquisitive. Or perhaps I should have quoted Thoreau or Emerson. Lol, damn my casual nature.

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