Friday, September 18, 2009

A New Phase in Evolution


Is the evolutionary process speeding up? Millions of years of biological evolution produced our exquisitely complex human brain, but over the last few thousand years, evolution at the level of genetic mutation and natural selection seems to have slowed down considerably. In fact, our DNA hasn’t actually changed all that much since the dawn of civilization. And according to the great British theoretical physicist Stephan Hawking, this is no coincidence. Hawking says that “we’ve entered a new phase in evolution,” where the evolutionary baton has been passed from our genes to our minds, intellect, and technology. Read on

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