Our species has been pretty biologically consistent over the last few thousand years
From what I understand, this is because natural biological evolution happens really slloowwwllyyy and also we're quite an adaptive species
Our cultural evolution, by contrast, has been SUPERFASSST
But again, this hasn't really impacted us genetically. Our DNA is still 'regular ape' -
- UNTIL NOW. Maybe. Or until the very near or kind of medium term future anyway...
Bear with me here. We all know the recent past has been full of developments in genetic engineering, nanotechnology, synthetic biology and other fancy big words.
Genetically modified animals are proof of the pretty insane types of biotechnology that exist already
These adaptations haven't been tried on humans yet because for now it's mostly illegal and taboo. And that's probably just as well.
But according to history, many powerful innovations are first met with big resistance. Things like books and the Internet were very controversial in the early development days. But they made it to the masses anyway.
It's plausible that we could end up with certain, specific, really useful adaptations that are extremely quick, cheap and easy to give to people. For example, a simple injection at birth that will let you see in the dark -
And this is what makes this so interesting for me: biotechnologies or genetic edits like that could easily become part of our CULTURAL EVOLUTION.
Certain physical modifications - like being able to see in the dark - could become common to almost all humans, just like almost all humans speak language and wear clothes.
This would create an ILLUSION of natural genetic evolution - although it wouldn’t have happened through ‘natural’ selection.
Don't worry, if you find this unnatural and terrifying, you aren't alone. But if it ever gets you down, just remember that one day it might be possible for humans to fly.
As for me, I'll just be quiet now and wait for my Batman shots.