How does evolution happen?
Simplistically: Small (usually) changes occur in a species. If the change is an advantage in the environment the species inhabits, that mutation thrives and becomes dominant. Let’s say you live in the mountains – changes that let you survive on less oxygen, or handle the cold better, mean that these traits will be distributed to the general population over time – those that don’t have it won’t do as well – will die sooner, reproduce less, and be replaced by the new, appropriately improved version.
What gives us the competitive advantage in today’s world? Faster fingers? Looks? A good singing voice? The ability to be charming?
We live in an age where we’re able to make up for more and more of our shortcomings with technology, and it’s becoming less important to be able to deal with the physical world – if anything comes along that causes us difficulty – a disease, climate changes, alien invaders – we’ll develop tech to deal with it quicker than we would ever evolve.
At the same time, our machines are becoming smarter and more autonomous, and fewer and fewer of us understand how they work, and how to build or fix them. It wasn’t too long ago when you could expect a large percentage of the population (men, at least) to know how to work on their own cars. Now…
So where is the impetus for our species to change? Not on this world.
When we finally branch out from Earth, when we find ourselves living in different gravities, with varying amounts of radiation, then maybe evolution will take over again. Until then, we’ll be the same, stagnant species that Khan Noonien Singh berated in “Space Seed”:
“Captain, although your abilities intrigue me, you are quite honestly inferior. Mentally, physically. In fact, I am surprised how little improvement there has been in human evolution. Oh, there has been technical advancement, but, how little man himself has changed.”
What forces will compel us to change? Humans thrive on adversity, and yet we are finding more and more ways to avoid it. But change we must, because – eventually – that which does not change dies.
One week remaining in the preorder campaign for Just Some More, And Yet Still Even More Things I Could Get Out of My Mind ; the collection includes the following short stories:
“The Collective is All” – At least that’s what Abbe’s been told, but events lead him to wonder if there might just be some intelligent life “out there.”
“Reflections” – What are we, really – the sum of our parts, or something less? How much control do we have over what we become?
“Some Kind of Luck” – Henry Jacob Dawes is a cab driver with an ear that keeps him out of trouble – until he has a run-in with someone with a different kind of luck.
“L-O-V-E Among the Stars” – A space traveler wakes too soon, and must leave the woman of his dreams to the ministrations of another, less-human caretaker.
“Burial Details” – An old farmer, scraping by after the Sahrian invasion, buries his most precious treasures to hide them from the aliens’ “salvation”.
“Immortal” – Riddled with a more than terminal disease, Commander Solitaire considers an extreme way to protect the Earth. There’s more than one way to be immortal.
“Solid People” – The afterlife is what you make of it. A run-in with Mr. Topp’s flatbed strands Sarah and her mother in Newbury. Despite her mother’s warnings, Sarah decides to spend her time with some Solid People (a mild, slightly romantic ghost story.)
“You Can’t Question the Dead” – A father gives some timely advice as he hopes to apprentice his son into his family’s business. Blood is thicker than water, but whose blood will it be?
The release date for Just Some More, And Yet Still Even More Things I Could Get Out of My Mind is September 22nd, but it is available for preorder NOW, so take advantage of the REDUCED PROMOTIONAL PRICE at various online sellers, including, but not limited to:
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