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Opening Arguments

You say you want an evolution

Heh. OK, so I may not be smarter than you, but maybe I'm more evolved:

Mankind is undergoing a major evolutionary transition comparable to the shifts from prosimians to monkeys, monkeys to apes, and apes to humans, according to Cadell Last, an evolutionary anthropology Ph.D. student and researcher at the Global Brain Institute.

Human life expectancy has already increased from about 45 at the start of the 20th century to 80 today. Last predicts it will increase to 120 as soon as 2050 — a concept known as radical life extension — through a combination of new technology, behavior, and natural selection.

In addition to longer lives, humans will demonstrate delayed sexual maturation and biological reproduction, according to Last. Taken together, these changes could signify a new type of human. 

Not so sure about that. Do mere extensions of our current condition -- longer life, delayed biological reproduction, etc.  -- really amount to a "major transition" into a new type of human? Doesn't seem so to me. Now, if the singularity gets closer, and I can think about uploading my essence into a cyborg, then we can talk about "major transition."

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