Evolution of Mankind; Posthumanism, Transhumanism, Selective breeding

I could start by going through the Charles Darwin (Darwinism) theory of “evolution”, and venturing off into our Neanderthal ancestors right into prehistoric mammals which were the beginning of the “primate” genetic code. However, this is not what this blog is going to be about. Let me start by giving a quote by Friedrich Nietzsche, the founder of Nihilism, from his book Thus Spoke Zarathustra from his ideas of Übermensch (Superhuman/Overhuman) in 1883.

“I teach you the overman. Man is something that shall be overcome. What have you done to overcome him? … All beings so far have created something beyond themselves; and do you want to be the ebb of this great flood, and even go back to the beasts rather than overcome man? What is ape to man? A laughing-stock or painful embarrassment. And man shall be that to overman: a laughing-stock or painful embarrassment. You have made your way from worm to man, and much in you is still worm. Once you were apes, and even now, too, man is more ape than any ape…. The overman is the meaning of the earth. Let your will say: the overman shall be the meaning of the earth…. Man is a rope, tied between beast and overman—a rope over an abyss … what is great in man is that he is a bridge and not an end.”

I want to delve in the evolution of Homo sapiens – the human race. Where are we going to go from our current state of living? There are many theories, based around technology mostly, the evolution of our intelligence through technology. Posthumanism is a generalised profound study that spreads into many different studies;

There’s Antihumanism, a founded research on the future of human anthropology, the philosophical anthropology, how the humans will develop the essence of what makes one human, how one handles interpersonal relationships with other humans.

Transhumanism, an ideal of where man succeeds in ceasing aging, becoming immortal by the sheer means of technology, encouraging the ultimate intellectual, physical and psychological development just by the use of technology.

Technological utopiaism: Those that know of the legendary theoretical utopia, will know of its origins. The hope that one day, the human race will learn to live in equality, where everyone no matter of their age and gender will have opportunities. Technological utopia follows along those same lines, it is an ideology where man has gained equality from the benefits of technology.

With Transhumanism we are not far off from it in other areas of study, in the medical means although, the researchers seem to be in their premature stages. Currently, in this century, they are finding (or have already found) the cure for cancer, enabling people to live longer lives by replacing broken limbs (hip, knee, and elbow replacements), and giving organ transplants to people whose organs are dying. Within a discussion with my friend, around the same time as we were discussion identity, she spoke of a new discovery, connected to the brain chemical called dopamine, or the lack of it within mentally ill people. dopamine is a chemical that induces the brain’s ability to learn the essential needs of cognition, motivation, attention span, the ability to learn (intelligence, creativity), sleep, and movement. Mentally ill people have been found to lack the production of dopamine, and this has led to the study’s suggestion that the majority of the people who are to the populus considered  “stupid”, people with learning difficulties  could be lacking in the production of dopamine as well.

The study continues on to linger on the idea of “selective breeding”, hinting towards the concentration of the people who produce regular amounts of dopamine, and terminating those who don’t, similar to how dwarfism, and down syndrome is treated. If this form of selective breeding carries through, it would mean that the future of the human race’s potential intelligence will be breeding, which will allow the hopes of Transhumanism of enhancing the human race’s intelligence.

Unfortunately, I don’t agree with the extermination part of this speculative breeding, I think that they should find a way of inducing the dopamine of the people of which the chemical is lacking. Stimulate the chemical, like a doctor would with any medical condition that involves the lack of a needed substance, such as Hypothyroidism, so that way the need for encouraging the future intellect of our species will be beneficial to everybody. However, whether my own theory can be done safely, I’m not sure.

I’ll end this blog post with a stimulating topic of possible physical evolution of our race…

In the last two decades, humans (men and women) are growing taller. The man is growing upward, slender, and their hands are shrinking. Whilst the women are growing taller, and their hands are enlarging as are their feet. Men (and women) are becoming sterile, more often than not suffering from low sperm count/not being able to get impregnated. Is this to say that people are growing taller to get to better air stimulation, past the atmosphere? Are women’s hands and feet getting bigger because of the change of roles? Are women doing men’s work making the women the dominating alpha? Is the struggle to conceive because of technological “radiation”? Or is it a sign we are due to conceive by other means?

Scientists have found a way for women to inject themselves with sperm to impregnate, there have been news reports of men getting pregnant (later discovered to be a transsexual man, withholding his reproductive organs to conceive a natural birth), is the evolution of the human race evolving to conceive asexually, hermaphrodism/intersexual, perhaps?

And now a quote, from Ihab Hassan, an Egyptian literature theorist, on Posthumanism:

“Humanism may be coming to an end as humanism transforms itself into something one must helplessly call posthumanism”

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