One of the consequences of my view is that human evolution can no longer be considered true. As the result of microevolution humans are not a “species better adapted to harsh conditions”, but on the contrary, we are a group of individuals who will fight pigheadedly against all adaptation and all change. It is pointless to deny this. Human inability to adapt means that natural selection has ceased to determine our life anymore. It is difficult to say whether we as H. sapiens are even a proper species. Here are a few reasons to deny us the right to use the concept of species for ourselves:
- As an evolutionarily evolving species, our genetic variation is close to zero.
- Additionally, there is no limit to the maximum size of human populations.
- We lack common forms of behaviour.
- As a species, H. sapiens violates too many of the laws of the living world to sit easily on “the ladder of evolution”.
- Moreover, the population no longer forms natural herds, but its members are permanently individuals with their own needs and will.
I think there is reason to believe that in the distant past human psyche faced a significant change compared to our most stable and unchangeable life from childhood to old age. This change happened once only on the eve of adulthood. It was not just an adaptation to community rules and personal insecurity but a total loss of one’s conscious mind. But this feature disappeared from us! For that reason, we will keep a child’s mind throughout our lives! Nowadays we are happy to diagnose the corresponding mental changes as disorders and illnesses. Understandably, we cannot see anything wrong in our mind because our mind is always the same. However, some change occurs: we become anxious and have a never-ending urge for asking questions. We are missing something. And something special must have happened in our evolution because it looks like we are here alone asking questions.
is was true
Human evolution is an embarrassment to us in two ways. First, even if we did not want to, we are the outcome of it, but only up to the point we became modern humans. After that, we would like us to be an evolving and naturally born species, but we are not. This is due to the curious emergence of our own species as one separated from evolution. This means that we, as a species, were not born as a result of natural selection. So there is something in us that does not fit well with nature. Either way, it was precisely the natural selection that gave birth to the mechanisms that eventually led us to get rid of it. Actually, nature did an experiment with us that failed. So we are freaks in the way that we are a failed experiment that survived. But we are only alive for now. We should be an extinct species. Because we don’t understand this, we want to see our appearance in the world as the main goal of evolution. Science also tends to think this way. Such reasoning is still wrong.
What do we actually say when we characterise ourselves as human beings? Humanity is seen as the opposite of “bestial” barbarism and irrationality assimilated to it even if we produce more violence, brutality, betrayal and selfishness than any other being in the known world. Human evil can not indefinitely be defined as an exception. Because it is not that. Humanity should also be described without any of the attributes of a good myth. Good myths are visions and ideologies, which have been known to be false or misleading, but which are supported because of their positive consequences. Humanity stands clearly on the debatable zone between hard facts and the social order so to speak. If we want to tell the truth about humanity, social peace will suffer, and if we want social stability, the truth of humanity is to be sacrificed. Humanity is the core of man and it makes us speaking, acting, cheating, fighting, loving and thinking creatures. It is misleading to imagine that humanity would be just good things that we have learned. Humanity is much more draconian than just the part we are willing to present as our ethical dimension. The true essence of humanity lies far beyond our ethical boldness.
Where does humanity come from?
From an evolutionary point of view, our juvenile nature is hardly an adaptation. To start with, it does not look like one and it makes no sense either. Secondly, natural selection is not the only possibility that could have caused that. It is very likely that the juvenile features of human adults are due to an originally rare gene defect, that has since spread to the entire population. Take an example. The growth disorder could well have spread like colour blindness. As we know, human colour blindness is caused by a genetic defect and is recessively inherited. Practically, this means that 8% of men and 0.4% of women have red-green blindness. The trait requires suitable parents to activate. Likewise, the juvenile psyche, or “humanity” as it were, once could have been a rare genetic defect, or more specifically, a recessive trait whereas normal mental adulthood was a dominant and most common trait. If the recessive trait emerged due to a prolonged human growth period, it may be millions of years old. The apparent rarity of the growth disorder would easily explain why the development of stone tools was practically so slow and almost non-existent. Consequently, all the so-called pre-human cultures may have been caused by this particular recessive trait.
Image source: Wikipedia. The mutation for colour blindness is carried on the X chromosome. Females have two X chromosomes, so if they have one that is unaffected, they will only be carriers. To be at risk of inheriting the disorder, females would need both a carrier mother and an affected father. Conversely, males only have one X chromosome that is inherited from the mother’s side. If that chromosome is affected, the male child will be colour blind. This chart shows clearly that the spread of colour blindness – or if we imagine a mental growth disorder is a similar genetic defect – would take a long time. And, in fact, if the trait were to spread to all individuals, the population would have to face a huge change or catastrophe in which only the colour-blind would survive.
The specialty of man is the loss of a healthy genome. This unhealthy and fatal legacy resides in our psyche, and it is this that does not want to understand or accept evolution. This impasse is the price of our intellectual abilities.
Modern human is the first species to have had the technical and skillful ability to isolate itself from its environment. For this reason, it is difficult to consider human as part of evolution anymore. Heidelberg man evolved normally, but modern human was born as a species who still fights against all adaptation. Despite their intergenerational and racial specificities, human inheritance is very similar and DNA modification is very low. Compared to other primates, the variation has been said to be even abnormally minor.