Comment on Body vs Mind

alborz Thu, Apr 26, 2007
I was listening to a discussion on the radio about the evolution of humans. One of the questions was why the human mind has adapted much further than it needs to in order to survive in the forest.** That makes me think that our mind, and therefore the environment that we've created with it, is evolving too fast for our bodies. Surely, given enough time, our bodies along with the rest of life on earth would be able to adapt to the changes and damage we're causing. If these changes occured over a billion years, there'd be no problem. They're damaging because they're occuring so fast.

So I guess I don't think the body will speed up....which seems depressing. So maybe yeah, the answer is adapting out of the meat-host - which seems so wild.

Then again maybe it's not that drastic or strange. Isn't the Internet a primitive version of what you're talking about? Maybe we're already doing it by essentially uploading our minds into computers on a daily basis. I'm gonna do it as soon as I hit "publish"!

**(One of the ideas was that sexual selection rather than natural selection lead to the further advancement of our mind - meaning that mates, rather than the need for survival, select the smartest mate available.)