Title

Human evolution — Where from here?

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Springer-Verlag

Faculty

Computing, Health and Science

School

School of Natural Sciences, Centre for Ecosystem Management

RAS ID

8405

Comments

This article was originally published as: Goodall, D.W. (2008). Human evolution — Where from here? Rendiconti Lincei, 19(4), 359-381. Original article available here

Abstract

Thanks to language, mankind is rapidly developing into a eusocial animal, within a single world-wide structure. Biological evolution based on random genetic events is no longer a part of the future of the species, and cultural evolution has taken its place. Ease of communication between minds means that distinction between individuals is becoming irrelevant. Future progress in the single world-wide community to which mankind is rapidly developing will rather be a self-guided process — evolution by self-design.

DOI

10.1007/s12210-008-0024-6

 

Link to publisher version (DOI)

10.1007/s12210-008-0024-6