June 5, 2012
Juan Enriquez Asks If Homo Evolutis Change Is Currently Underway
|Throughout human evolution, multiple versions of humans co-existed. Could we be mid-upgrade now? At TEDxSummit, Juan Enriquez sweeps across time and space to bring us to the present moment -- and shows how technology is revealing evidence that suggests rapid evolution may be under way.|
According to Enriquez, “I think we’re going to move from a Homo sapiens into a Homo evolutis: … a hominid that takes direct and deliberate control over the evolution of his species, her species and other species.”
In the book Homo Evolutis, Enriquez, along with co-author Steve Gullans, writes that, "for better and worse, humans have evolved."
At TEDxSummit, Juan Enriquez sweeps across time and space to bring us to the present moment — and shows how technology is revealing evidence that suggests rapid evolution may be under way.
The talk also mentions the work of Ed Boyden and his work that may lead to the possibility of mind uploading
Enriquez points to the explosion of autism as a possible sign that such rapid evolution is happening. As we take in more and more data in our daily lives, autism may be natural selection's method of coping with data smog. Also, he suggests that natural selection is optimizing 'geekiness' — intelligent, well-educated individuals are meeting, and procreating passing on their genes.
Is this evolution in "real time"?
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