At TED2006, Robert Wright proposed that humans are still evolving, culturally and morally — progress that picks up where genetic evolution left off. But some scientists now say we’re still evolving genetically as well. Though conventional wisdom says humans have remained essentially unchanged for 100,000 years or more, new evidence points to a faster-paced evolution still going on today. Wired News takes a look at the evolution of theories on evolution, and several TEDsters weigh in, including futurist Ray Kurzweil (TED05), who thinks it’s time we took evolution into our own hands.
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There’s wild sex. And then there’s sex in the wild — a topic that biologist and animal sex expert Carin Bondar has been talking about for years, spawning not only a book, The Nature of Human Nature, but also a popular web series, “Wild Sex,” all about the evolution of sexual behavior. In her funny and […]
By Thu-Huong Ha
Ray Kurzweil returns to the TED stage to explain his new (kind of old) theory of the mind. He first wrote his theory as a paper 50 years ago, but today there’s a plethora of new evidence to support it. First, a refresher on the story of the neocortex, which means “new rind.” Two hundred […]