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Will humans ever artificially evolve?

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Started: 4/10/2014 Category: Science
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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jdog2016

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I believe that humans will someday reach a point with genetic/DNA technology, to the point where we will be able to genetically mutate our own offspring before they are conceived/born. Doing so would allow us to indirectly control the path that evolution takes in our species. Not only that, but the process of human evolution could be greatly sped up. The evolution of early primates to modern humans took tens of thousands of years. With this new (future) technology, such an event could be accomplished in under a week.

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Debate Round No. 1
jdog2016

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Lets get right to it then!

Biological evolution is that which life its self (not only humans) has been experiencing for millions of years. The concept can be identified in the classic example of modern humans coming from ancient primates.

KEY WORD: Ancient

Generally speaking, people are unaware of exactly what evolution is. Time for a science lesson!

Popular belief (false and absurd): "Evolution is a load of ****; Monkeys can't turn into humans!!"

Reality: Monkeys do not 'turn into humans' persay, but rather (over the course of millions of years) morph into them.

Here is a short story to help you understand.

10 million years ago lived a species of primate. She found a mate, and certain unspeakable acts transpired. Thus, a baby primate was born. This baby and its mother have 99.99% compatible DNA, however the baby has technically evolved, because its DNA has mutated to better suit its needs. (Granted the change is physically unnoticeable)

Now, 5 million years later, generation after generation, the DNA has been changing ever so slightly each conception. The current offspring of primates now look physically different than the original mother that lived long ago. Their DNA is less similar than before.

Continue this cycle, and much much later, humans erose. You have to understand that humans didn't simply appear one day. A monkey did not have human offspring.

OK....that's out of the way now.....


Intro:
Artificial evolution is greatly different than that of natural. The main difference being that artificial evolution can be heavily monitored and controlled. By the time such a thing were to exist, technology would be a great deal more advanced in all areas, allowing more precise measurements in science. As I sit here typing this, I can't help but think how many possibilities genetic engineering could open up for humans.


Reason #1: Disease Cures
Humans today suffer from terrible diseases. One of the most prominent of those is Cancer. Cancer is a disease that causes cells in your body to rapidly multiply. Cancer is by definition, a disease caused by genetic flaws. With the power of artificial evolution (genetic engineering), humans would be able to design the DNA of their offspring, and make them genetically imune to Cancer, and many other illnesses. Who wouldn't want that?!


Reason #2: Enhanced Physicality/Mentality
Flight, fast healing, super strength, size, weight. These are all controllable elements in artificial evolution. Say this technology was perfected in 2100. If we started using it on our offspring then, in only a few generations the human race could be stronger, and faster. Hell, we could have wings, sonar vision, limb re growth etc.!! The possibilities are endless! But what is bronze without brains? Not only could we make humans a physically superior race, we could design a race of Einsteins! If the whole world was smarter, there would ultimately be more educated persons. This equates to less crime, less poverty, less sadness, more happiness...........Everyone is happy! Exept you, because you hate humans.......and I hate you jk jk jk




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Debate Round No. 4
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Posted by philochristos 2 years ago
philochristos
We can already artificially evolve through selective breeding and/or eugenics , but that raises the question of what "artificial" means.
Posted by philochristos 2 years ago
philochristos
Of course if you alter the DNA of an embryo, that raises the question of whether it's still human or not. I think we'll one day be able to build DNA from scratch and create whole new species. Maybe we could create humans with wings.
Posted by Complicated_Mind 2 years ago
Complicated_Mind
I don't have the time to accept such a debate at the moment, but this is an interesting debate concept. Hopefully you'll find a worthy opponent. I'll keep my eyes on this debate, looks like it should be fun.
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