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Old 08-22-2010, 06:38 PM   #76
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I want to see how humans evolve in the future.

I was trying to speculate

with science and medicine, the survival of the fittest is irrelevant


WALL-E may have gotten it right

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Old 08-22-2010, 07:37 PM   #77
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I was trying to speculate

with science and medicine, the survival of the fittest is irrelevant
Immunity to cancer, heart disease, and any number of other diseases would be relevant. As would an increase in reaction time. I wonder what sort of physical mutations would be beneficial
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I was trying to speculate

with science and medicine, the survival of the fittest is irrelevant


WALL-E may have gotten it right
Yeah that's no joke.
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Old 08-23-2010, 10:32 AM   #79
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Immunity to cancer, heart disease, and any number of other diseases would be relevant. As would an increase in reaction time. I wonder what sort of physical mutations would be beneficial
Well, our hands evolve over our lifetimes to accommodate our skills.
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I was trying to speculate

with science and medicine, the survival of the fittest is irrelevant
I don't think this has been demonstrated yet. I also think sexual selection can still play a role in changing gene frequencies in human populations.
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Old 08-23-2010, 09:20 PM   #81
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Where are these time travelers that live a few thousand years ahead of us?

Or a few million years?
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Old 08-23-2010, 09:22 PM   #82
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Well, our hands evolve over our lifetimes to accommodate our skills.
I think 'evolve' is being used in a different sense in that example
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Old 08-25-2010, 01:12 AM   #83
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Where are these time travelers that live a few thousand years ahead of us?

Or a few million years?
It could be that in the future we find a way to travel into the future, but not to the past. Its also possible that we find a way to travel to the past to a period only as far back as when the method was discovered.
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*Blinks*

That made my head hurt reading that at 3 in the morning .

Achtung11, great post. We can talk about colonizing space all we want, but we'd have to find something close enough to the conditions we're used to now if we're going to survive out there (which so far seems to be Mars). Unless, of course, we somehow manage to evolve and adapt even more down the line while living on Earth, to the point where should the day finally come when we do have to escape this planet to survive, we can plunk down anywhere and be okay.

I firmly believe there's other life forms out there, of all sorts of strange and wonderful kinds. How they'd react (if they can react) to our invasion, however, would be worthy of some concern, though. As for time travel itself, who knows? I won't rule anything out (and I think I'd probably go back in time, if I had to choose. Sure, the future would be fun, but at the same time, there's the element of surprise and what if I went forward and found out something distressing was going to happen and I couldn't do anything about it?). It'd be a fascinating development-of course, then we'd have to worry about it getting into the "wrong hands". Would it even be possible to regulate time travel so as not to abuse the opportunity?

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“Time travel is not theoretically possible, for if it was they’d already be here telling us about it!” - Stephen Hawking
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“Time travel is not theoretically possible, for if it was they’d already be here telling us about it!” - Stephen Hawking
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It could be that in the future we find a way to travel into the future, but not to the past. Its also possible that we find a way to travel to the past to a period only as far back as when the method was discovered.
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There's already a way to travel into the future. It's called time dilation travelling at or near the speed of light. Also, black holes.

However, that is quite a different matter from making the experience survivable by the sack of blood and meat known as 'us'.

My impression is that realistically, travel backwards into the deep past is quite implausible, at least for object larger than certain exotic particles.
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I should perhaps have said there's an even better way to travel into the future: it's called living.
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I should perhaps have said there's an even better way to travel into the future: it's called living.
what an original thought!
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God did not create universe, says top UK scientist Stephen Hawking | Herald Sun

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But in The Grand Design - to be published on September 9, a week before the Pope's visit to Britain - he sets out a comprehensive thesis that the scientific framework leaves no room for a deity.

In the book, co-authored by American physicist Leonard Mlodinow, Professor Hawking deconstructs Sir Isaac Newton's belief that the universe could not have arisen out of chaos due to the mere laws of Nature, but must have been created by God.

Professor Hawking writes that the first blow was the confirmed observation in 1992 of a planet orbiting a star other than our Sun. "That makes the coincidences of our planetary conditions - the single Sun, the lucky combination of earth-sun distance and solar mass - far less remarkable, and far less compelling as evidence that the earth was carefully designed just to please us human beings," he writes.

And not only are other planets likely to exist, but whole other universes, known collectively as the multiverse, are too, says Professor Hawking. If God's intention was to create mankind, then these many untouchable worlds would surely be redundant, he suggests.
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