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Human evolution has reached it's end an I think that In the near future we will see the outcome of the events that are now evolving increasingly faster.
Human society has become incredibly complex the human mind has become more than its biological makeup would suggest. We have reached a level of complexity that has never been seen in history and in my opinion will never be seen in history again. Why?
Human biology and human intellect, consciousness isn't designed for the complex systems it has created. Society's demands placed on the individual are getting bigger. As a result human nature is being controlled and commercially exploited. The rule and belief systems employed by society will eventually come to a point were it becomes, if not already, immoral and impractical to control human nature any further. Human beings can't carry the weight of the system any more. Economic systems, political systems and social systems will eventually collapse. If this happens human technological evolution will be cast back to the "stone age". And we can't begin to mention the human suffering that will and is currently taking place.
Because of the destruction of human knowledge systems, the world ecosystems and the fact populations will fragment the recovery of knowledge will take-up more time than it did the first time it developed.
Western society is a very dualistic one. This notion about the world is so deeply rooted, maybe even in biology, in our (collective) consciousness that it will not change by itself. It needs external pressure. This pressure mounts as we exploit natural resources place strain on populations of lesser power and let society( I'm talking about the whole system of government social pressure and media mind washing) increasingly invade the mind of the individual. Some might argue that the individual has never before in history enjoyed so much prosperity. I don't contest the fact that we have longer life-spans, better incomes, better entertainment and so forth an so on. We feed ourselves very well but simply use up to much resources. The combined strength of our physiology and cultural "dead weight" ( the whole Christian moral value system we have ) will insure the consume train will go on to the last station. The last station? That is in the worst case the destruction of every extra genetic knowledge preserving system we have created and the destruction of the planet. This is however a very conservative thought, we are all gonna die, I don't think so. The last station will indeed be the destruction of the human race. Homo sapiens will cease to exist and change into a different life form. Computer technology, genetic-engineering, cloning and ultimately the possibility to correct all human errors. The errors that make humans not fit into a system. If you ever read brave new world you probably get the idea. Out of the ashes a well oiled society will form that is composed of human beings who perfectly complement each other. And a natural process of self-guided 'evolution' will form. Only a small group will be privileged and will eventually leave this planet or kill every other normal human being.
My excuses for any misspellings these are my thoughts.
That's certainly a pessimistic outlook, but I agree with you in that it is needed in order for our long term survival and evolution. Our society's faults are too deeply rooted to be weaned out, there needs to be some kind of drastic change, and soon. And damn, its going to be exciting to see these changes take place, even if humanity as we know it will be transformed.