• Question: do you think the human race is getting stronger her weaker over all the bad things that happens around the world everyday e.g rape , starvation etc

    Asked by 622bera39 to Colin, John, Kevin, Shikha, Triona on 18 Nov 2014.
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      Kevin Motherway answered on 18 Nov 2014:

      Good question. The whole premise of Darwin’s theory of evolution is that it is survival of the fittest and that tough times actually make a species stronger because only the strong survive and the weak perish and do not survive to pass on their genes. But human beings are an exception. Can you imagine if it was survival of the fittest and any person who did not conform to our idea of genetic perfection was not nurtured and allowed to survive. A great example is Stephen Hawking who in Darwinian evolutionary terms should not survive and would make our species weaker, but in fact is one of the most influential Scientists of the 20th century and has contributed immeasurable to the progress (and survival) of our species. The measure of how we are as a society is actually how far from Darwinian evolution we stray in protecting and cherishing everyone.

      So all these challenges we face are things to be overcome and will add to our knowledge. You can imagine how much the future science of Terraforming other planets and manufacturing atmospheres has advanced in the last 20 years due to all the research in trying to predict and manage Climate Change here on Earth!

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      Shikha Sharma answered on 21 Nov 2014:

      Hi 622bera39,

      That’s an interesting question. I would say humans are still evolving and they will continue to do that. With any barrier we learn more how to handle it and find out a way for our survival.. All the bad things which are happening around the world is helping us to find out new ways to our survival . And the technology is helping us in our development. But one of the drawbacks of technology is its going to result in weak Immune system in Humans as we are getting more and more dependent on the available medical facilities… Hormone supplements, vitamin supplements…that someday our body will stop producing them 🙁