humanity

Is this the beginning of the end – or the end of the beginning?

When Mother Nature got life started on Earth, 4.7 billion years ago, her formula was beautifully simple – she made life self-replicating according to a ‘recipe’ encoded within the cell. Her masterstroke was to make the recipe copying process almost error-proof. A very high degree of copying accuracy was needed – otherwise life would forever… Read more Is this the beginning of the end – or the end of the beginning?

Future Man – and Civilization

We think of ourselves as civilized – but what does that mean? The Romans who entertained themselves by watching Christians being thrown to lions thought that they were civilized. So did the English colonialists who kidnapped Africans to sell as slaves. And are the practitioners of female genital mutilation (partial or total removal of the clitoris… Read more Future Man – and Civilization

The Future of Man – by Evolution

Man’s closest relative on Earth is the chimpanzee. Our DNA is 98.5% identical. Small as it is, that difference sets us worlds apart — and evolution is widening the gap at an accelerating pace. From an evolutionary standpoint, the critical difference between us and our primate cousins is that we have achieved a level of… Read more The Future of Man – by Evolution

The end of the world, as we know it, is at hand…

When you look at the front page of the newspapers or turn on the TV news to learn the headlines, how do you feel? Do you feel good? Do you feel secure? Do you think that we, humanity, “have it made”? I don’t think so… And yet, in a sense, we are a “success story”.… Read more The end of the world, as we know it, is at hand…

Tribalism – our fatal flaw?

There are a few good “isms” (altruism being the slam-dunk winner) but, let’s face it, most of them are bad. Cannibalism, nepotism, alcoholism, fanaticism and terrorism are examples – and in the “prejudice/bias” category we have racism, sexism, and (newly invented) ageism and weightism. But the worst ism of all is tribalism. Tribalism, in fact,… Read more Tribalism – our fatal flaw?