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Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Designing Evolution

Don't laugh at this - but do be a bit squeamish.  See, we've changed evolution already - every disease we cure, every special need we accommodate and every infertile person who gets to have a kid, every piece of technology or feat of specialization we become dependent on takes us one step further away from "what God intended" and more towards what we will become.

As it stands, we haven't planned this social evolution out very well; infrastructure is a mess, healthcare is unaffordable and our economy is way out of whack.
We can do better, if we do it consciously, do it together and be proactive about it.
Page 197, Massive Change
We will design evolution.
When Franklin, Crick, and Watson discovered the structure of DNA in 1953, the realm of the living was rendered a system of information.  Since then, we've grown in our capacity to explore every aspect of life as we know it - from biological systems and products to new forms of intervention in medicine and genetic engineering. 
As Alvin Toffler wrote in The Third Wave, "Second Wave thinkers conceived of the human species as the culmination of a long evolutionary process; Third Wave thinkers must now face the fact that we are about to become designers of evolution.

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