Monday, 22 January 2018

Charles Darwin and the future You.


Charles Darwin was a controversial Englishman, naturalist and geologist who lived between 1809 and 1882. He came up with the idea of evolution. That is to say that humans have evolved over many many years from another species of animal - basically monkeys.

A lot of people at the time, and ever since, have disagreed with this theory. However, others believe that it is a possibility that humans, and other species for that matter, can evolve in time to adapt with its new environment and to protect itself. That is not to say that the species has evolved into something else, but it has changed into a new version of itself.

Let me explain. In Northern England there was a particular species of moth which was white. As Northern England was industrialised in Victorian times and factories and homes burnt coal more and more buildings became darker in appearance as the coal dust from the smoke settled on brickworks and generally everywhere. In time, that particular kind of moth bred a new offspring which was darker in colour to enable it to camouflage from its prey. So a different species evolved; but in essence it was the same moth which changed colour through the generations. When eventually Britain stopped burning coal as a fuel and new buildings were put up, (or the old ones cleaned), through various generations that moth changed back to its original colour.

The same argument can be made for the human species. As time goes by we "evolve" or adapt to survive our various environments. There is evidence for instance that in the Middle Ages people were much smaller and shorter than they are now. This is seen from the size of doorways in castles, and from bones found in graves. But as time went by and diets improved, as well as health standards, today's people are much bigger and stronger compared to their Middle Ages counterpart.

All this was explained by Darwin in his book On the Origin of the Spices where he explains where different spices come from and how they can improve different types of foods and cuisines.

Charles Darwin also spent some time in the Galapolos Islands where large tortoises live. He observed that on islands with humid conditions the tortoises are larger with domed shells and short necks. On dry islands however the tortoises are smaller with longer necks. He also discovered the very first claustrophobic tortoises which would not go into their shells because they were afraid of the dark. Conversely, in another island he discovered other tortoises which would not come out of their shells because they were afraid of open spaces, (agoraphobic), and also because they were dead!

Following Darwin's theory of evolution to its inevitable conclusion, some scientists today believe that humans will continue to evolve in order to adapt to our ever changing environment and living conditions. For example, modern man has no use whatsoever for toe nails, (except for those who collect them as a hobby), and it is feasible that future generations will grow without toe nails.

As we get busier and busier in an ever faster world a second mouth would come in handy. We could use one mouth for talking, or answering the phone, and another for eating our lunch. This way we don't need to have a lunch break and we would work for longer and be more productive.

Personally, I'd like a mouth on top of my head. This way I could put a sandwich under my hat and eat it whilst going to work.

It would also be a good idea to have an extra eye. Say at the end of your index finger. This way you could clean your ear and see what's inside at the same time.

You know how you sometimes wish you had an extra pair of hands? Scientists believe that this may well happen in future with humans having two pairs of hands both coming from the side like now. This way I could drive the car and scratch my bottom at the same time.

Being very attentive and able to listen to all messages that the world throws at us simultaneously would mean that in future we would grow an extra ear growing out of our forehead. This would be known as the Final Frontier.

Evolution would not of course just be limited to humans. Scientists could grow a turkey with 12 legs so we can have one each on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Problem is ... he'd run too fast and we won't be able to catch it. Scrap that idea!

Can you think of any evolutionary ideas which would benefit us in the future? Don't be shy now ... let your imagination run wild and share your thoughts with us.

12 comments:

  1. :) A refreshingly lighthearted look at what can be a rather dull subject. Or disagreeable. Or dreadful. Or something else starting with "d."

    The British moth you mentioned is - apparently - still a bit controversial. The changes are real enough, and at least partly due to change in the critters' DNA code. But scientists took a few specimens - dusted them off, shined their shoes - - - I'm not sure about that detail - - - and found that they were the old-style moths that had gotten dusty. The report didn't say what the moths thought about their makeover. Or if they were asked.

    A nit-picking detail:

    Monkeys and apes are very similar. And both are enough like us to be funny. Also interesting for folks like Galen, who lived when studying animal anatomy was legal, but humans were off-limits.

    We're quite a bit like monkeys, or monkeys are quite a bit like us - depending on viewpoint. We're even more like apes, and vice-versa. No tails to speak of, for starters. I think we're significantly different - - - but savvy enough to see the similarities.

    And that's what happens when a science nerd starts talking. And that's another topic.

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    1. The thing is, Brian, if we are like monkeys, or they are like us, how come none of them has yet written a book - like the works of Shakespeare, or even me? They say it is all to do with us having a thumb. But then, so does a monkey, and he still cannot type.

      I thought this article would make me a little more distinguished amongst the scientific community. Perhaps they will invite me to give talks and TV interviews.

      God bless.

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  2. Victor, thanks for an educational and humorous post. I couldn't help but think about how society is unfortunately "adapting" to a new way of thinking and behaving ... one where God is not at the center (or anywhere for that matter). It is a very disturbing trend that I feel is building on itself. I pray it reverses.

    But just so I'm not too much of a downer, I'll answer your question in a more lighthearted way. I second the extra set of hands ... maybe even complimented by a second brain to help multitask!

    God Bless you!

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    1. It's nice to see you visiting me here again, Michael. Thank you. I hope you are keeping well.

      You are so right that society has generally become Godless to the detriment of us all.

      God bless you my friend.

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  3. It is only a matter of time before our heads seem bowed in prayer and meditation permanently. Unfortunately the bent head will morph from looking at our social media devices 24/7. We also will loose our ability to talk--since all communication is done via computers/texts. It is a sad state of evolution in my mind---and I feel we are headed down the slippery slope that only God can redeem.
    Blessings, Victor!

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    1. You are indeed right, Lulu, that society seems on a slippery slope. With all these electronic devices not only do we not communicate verbally, but many seem to use it to publicise the most private parts of their lives.

      God bless you friend.

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  4. As my father was a biologist and a student of Darwin, I really got a chuckle out of this one, Victor. How would we evolve in the future? Maybe wings so we could fly? What I always wished for as a child.
    Blessings, and thanks for the prayers!

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    1. I'm glad I made you smile with this article, Martha. Flying would be a great evolutionary step forward. Having an eye at the end of our finger would enable us to see round corners. Also being able to walk up walls and ceilings like flies and spiders would be fun.

      Praying for you all. God bless.

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  5. With all the electronic devices and computers, men in the future are going to be wimpy skinny, very dumb, but with very strong fingers, the size of candle sticks. Women are going to be just as dumb, wide behinds because they will be sitting in front of TVs, and big breasts. Why big breasts? Why not?
    :-P

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    1. What a vision of the future of mankind you have in mind, Manny. Actually there already are women with wide behinds and big breasts; men too.

      God bless.

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  6. Victor, what a fun post. It is interesting to contemplate the aspects of micro-evolution (your moths being an example) and macro-evolution (species changing drastically, like apes to humans). I also appreciated your humor in how we humans could evolve. I've gotta be honest. As a mother of teens, the last thing they need is another mouth. One is quite enough for being sassy. ;)

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    1. Hello Jeanne,

      I'm so glad you enjoyed this fun post. I write humourous posts every now and then because statistics have shown that they attract new readers who, hopefully, get to read my other posts and discover the love of God.

      Thank you for visiting me again. God bless you and your family.

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