Homo Evolutis: Will modern humans evolve even further?

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[Editor’s Note: Juan Enriquez is a researcher, and entrepreneur who has been studying the widespread implications of genomics and other life sciences on society. He is one of the authors of the book Evolving Ourselves, in which he and Steve Gullans describe a world where evolution is no longer driven by natural processes.]

How long before we see the emergence of Homo Evolutis? Is this something that is already occurring?

Even Darwin had difficulty defining species…Depending on which definition [of species] we adopt, it could be much earlier or much later. Already, we are seeing this by controlling our reproduction, which is the core of evolution.

Would you argue that we have a moral imperative to continue to evolve ourselves?

I think it is a decision that various human societies have to make, and we just have to be aware that they’re making it. There will be societies that say, “Let’s do it all.” There will be societies that say, “Absolutely not.” Precisely because there are differences in those areas, we will see some speciation.

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion, and analysis. Read full, original post: The Rise of a New Species of Human Being

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