The Human Evolution Acceleration

From Sciam:

“Ten thousand years ago, no one on planet Earth had blue eyes,” Hawks notes, because that gene—OCA2—had not yet developed. “We are different from people who lived only 400 generations ago in ways that are very obvious; that you can see with your eyes.”

“The history of humanity is beginning to be read out from our genes, thanks to a detailed knowledge of the thousands of them that have evolved recently. “We’re going to be classifying these by functional categories and looking for matches between genetic changes and historic and archaeological changes in diet, skeletal form, disease and many other things,” Hawks says. “We think we will be able to find some of the genetic changes that drove human population growth and migrations—the broad causes of human history.”

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3 responses to “The Human Evolution Acceleration

  1. These are indeed exciting times! It is great to be alive at a time when so many questions are being answered. Thanks for keeping us informed. Thank you Francis Collins for helping us to hear the Language of God. dwhitsett.wordpress.com

  2. These are indeed exciting times! It is great to be alive at a time when so many questions are being answered. Thanks for keeping us informed. Thank you John Hawks and Francis Collins for helping us to hear the Language of God. dwhitsett.wordpress.com

  3. My own Southern Baptist Preacher Grandfather was a powerful supporter of Evolution and Scientific inquiry for much the same reason that you just implied, Dwhitsett. (He majored in Geology before going to Seminary. It’s pretty hard to study geology and not believe in Evolution.)

    If God does indeed exist, then surely science is one our best methods of understanding God’s design for the world, the universe, and ultimately, us.

    Science can’t answer some of the biggest questions like “Is there a God?” or “do we have a soul?” or “Is there a Heaven or Hell?” But, it certainly is getting better about answering some of the very interesting, albeit smaller, questions like “How did we come to look, think, and act like we do?” and “Why are humans seemingly so different than other animals, and yet so remarkably similar?”

    These lead to more philosophical and religious questions that science can’t answer like “What does all this imply about what it ‘means’ to be human?”

    Exciting times indeed.

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