Human Evolution Has Reached Its Peak

Posted: April 21st, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: My Thoughts | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments »

It’s a pretty bold statement, I know, but human evolution (if there were such a thing) has reached its peak. We can no longer change into anything else or add improved functionality to our existing form. We will forever walk on two legs, with two arms, eyes, ears, a nose, and a mouth. Pretty boring huh? How did I come to this conclusion? Observation on human pride. We simply will not allow it to happen.

Lakshmi with her mother Poonam before the 24-hour operationIn a recent article in The Telegraph, it was reported that an eight-limbed girl in India had the extra peripheral appendages removed, a surgery that took thirty doctors almost forty hours to complete.

My question is, was this a deformity, or possibly the next step in human evolution? I would have to agree with the second option here.

This looks to me like an attempt at the human genome trying to create a more productive homosapien. With a couple extra arms, imagine how productive we could be? I could work with one keyboard while writing a novel on a separate one. Or imagine what it could mean for manufacturers with assembly line workers. They could cut their workforce while increasing production. A hair stylist could work on multiple clients and a surgeon could hold the clamp while making the incision. Accountants could count beans and rice at the same time.

Unfortunately for the rest of us, a group of surgeons destroyed this link to the next human super-species. The doctors came up with an awful sounding diagnosis, stating that the extra limbs were the result of a “headless parasitic twin.” Poor Lakshmi Tatma, denied greatness because scientist and possibly government were afraid this new breed of humans would take over as the dominant species of future generations.

What new discoveries and accomplishments could have been made by these new eight-limbed humans? The world will never know. We’re too afraid of anything different than our “norm” to allow another evolutionary step to occur. And on a side note, this is why Indian doctors are better than most American doctors: they have much cooler stuff to work on (maybe it’s because a billion people live there).


- chris mooney

  • Tina Russell

    I finally decided to write a comment on your blog. I just wanted to say good job. I really enjoy reading your posts.

    Tina Russell

  • Jeremy

    Chris, I ran across your blog from Chris Hoppers, How funny, you introduced me to him via your review of Rise of the Dibor on Xanga back in the day.

    As far as your blog goes, this is a little process known as mutation. Correct me if I am wrong, but I cannot think of one example in modern times where a mutation has provided some benefeit. This would need to be the case if there is to be a an evolution. I something such as above would prove to be a hinderance not a help.

    There is a common mutation we see often, it is called Cancer.

    I think if Evolution is true, or inspite of it. Humans are beginning to take our evolution into our own hands. I truely believe in the future we will not see humans vs. machines but a blending of the two. Provided the Lord does not return, there will be no line between the two. Humans will continue thier.

    In the first X-men movie, you see Magneto hint at this when he says, “Let’s just say, God works too slow.”

    I believe humanity may ascend another “Tower of Babel” so to speak.

  • baddogmooney

    Tina, thanks for stopping by. Might be spam? Where’d you go Akismet?

    Jeremy, I remember you! Thanks for stopping by. This post is pretty much just a little tom-foolery aimed at evolution. Cyborgs? Not for awhile. Thanks for stopping by.

    - mooney

  • sonicdeluxe

    Are you serious in thinking that this is a step in evolution? Explain to me the environmental pressures that would select this over what we have now, 2 arms and 2 legs.

  • Chris Taylor

    Yikes!! I think people missed the satire in this. At least I sincerely hope this is satirical! :D

  • sonicdeluxe

    I hope it is satire also. This was my first visit here so I may have jumped the gun in assuming it was serious.

  • baddogmooney

    Hey everyone, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment! This article was definitely a bit satirical, and I will follow up on it. Thanks for your patience with me.

    - chris mooney

  • BP

    I would just like to put things into a perspective as a medical student. The extra appendages are dysfunctional and are unable to move. As a result, they are a burden to the organism (and may hinder the proper functions instead). It is highly unlikely that they can lead to useful evolution. The main reason why there are significant amounts of mutations occurring in infants in india, is largely a result of the rife environmental pollution and poisoning. Such effects are more often than not deleterious. Nevertheless, human evolution may still be possible albeit subtle in the way how partners are selected and how advanced baby food products are formulated.