Rapid Evolution and Us

In theory, it is possible for one generation to alter the entire course of their species history.  By determining who gets to reproduce and how the children are raised, we each and all can influence and effect the way that our species develops and grows.

It takes several generations of repetition to reinforce and cement the evolutionary changes brought on by one generation’s actions with regards to who reproduces.  The outliers of the old guard have to go extinct and, in reality, that is something that’s going to take several generations and iterations to happen definitively.  So long as the outliers are able, willing and desiring to reproduce, they will, most likely, continue to reproduce and pass on their genetic and memetic material, even if they lose primacy in our social world.

Consider the case of Japan.  The women who are able and more desirous of independence are more likely to die off genetically and memetically, because they are not the ones who are reproducing and passing on their temperament, disposition and memetic material onto the next generation.  Likewise, the men who are losing out in attracting the women who are less desirous of independence and more desirous of family and household are going to fail to pass on their genes and may, actually, be quite apathetic or desirous of that effect.

Therefore, it is theoretically possible to trace the probable evolutionary courses that Japanese society is going to take on the genetic and memetic level, as the men and women who are more focused on wealth production and consumption are going to fail to pass on their genetic material, while those who are more oriented towards the family are.

Indeed, we can likewise see similar trends in the United States, where the white population is on the decline and Latinos are on the rise.  With the increase in mixed relationships, following the decreased stigma concerning mixed relationships, we can predict that there might be (emphasis on might, since these things are only determined when they happen due to the improbability and chaos that exists in our universe) a moving away from the rugged individualism and enterprising behavior that characterized the white population and a motion towards an increase in the collectivism and family orientation that characterizes Latino culture.  These are highly simplistic characterizations of what are, actually, highly complicated cultural and social dynamics.  Furthermore, the collectivism and family orientation of the Latino population may be overridden by the memetic presence of the individualistic and enterprising characteristics.  It is unknown to me as to how influential the present culture is on the development of the individual, and there are other complicating factors with regards to how events affect the individuals’ development on the micro and macro level.  For example, the Financial Crisis and the complex social and economic consequences of that event and the political actions that were taken afterwards may influence how American society thinks about wealth, economic productivity and their previously held values, thus leading to more possibilities for individual, social and, then, political and economic changes.  In any case, if we could model all of the factors that fill into this agent-based model of society, we can make probability-based predictions concerning the future social, genetic and memetic development of our society and, therefore, predict the political and economic changes that will occur within our society and our entire world that is around us, and that we are apart of.

The line between individual and collective does not actually exist, much like how the line between society and the planetary and cosmological environment does not actually exist.  One effects the other, which then effects the other, etc, etc, such that the whole is changed and altered, depending upon the actions that are taken by the individual(s) in society.  All of this is rooted in the physical brains of our individual members.  Some produce more positive effects on the world that is around them, while others, produce more negative effects on the world around them, given the combined state of the individual brains.  Some behaviors lead to positives for the species, when executed on the individual level, while some behaviors lead to negatives on the individual level.  Typically, humans are capable of doing either one, depending upon the state of their brains at any given time.  Furthermore, they can change brain states in the course of one lifetime, depending upon the conditions within their brain and the macro/micro events that shape their individual lives.

What we emerge with, then, is a complicated, dynamic and constantly out of equilibrium system within our current society and, indeed, within all societies throughout time and space.  Some societies may tend back towards a near-equilibrium state more easily, naturally and consistently than others.  However, we’re actually all still growing on a constant and continuous basis as individuals and as groups of individuals over the long and short terms.  This posting just hopes to put this into some perspective and to show us how we, as individuals, can either choose or be guided towards an evolutionarily higher state through the result of our reproductive choices and the development of ideas, concepts and values over time.  The memetic blends with the genetic to produce who we are as a society and what actions we’re going to likely do.  However, there’s always an element of surprise and a potential for deviation from the norm, such that we get different results and different effects in our social world, depending upon a wide range of political, social, environmental and individual choices, all of which ultimately effect our brains, which then ultimately, produces the social and environmental worlds in which we live in.

We can change our world, depending upon how we develop our brains, memetically and genetically.

And, ultimately, it can start now, in this generation, and, thus, forever change the way we grow, develop, prioritize and shape our world, for tangible better or for tangible worse.

Think about it.

An Ode to the Brain

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