The Pliocene Pussy Cat Theory
(which originally appeared
in The Annals of Improbable Research) argues that the human ancestor Australopithecus domesticated cats for hunting, defense and harvesting static electricity to make it easier to climb trees. The theory, which was proposed by Lorenzo Love, is a parody of the Aquatic Ape Hypothesis
(which is critiqued here
and in shorter form here
). Whether you know about the Aquatic Ape Hypothesis or not, the Pliocene Pussy Cat Theory
, and Love's follow-up, the Subterranean Ape Theory
, will completely alter your understanding of human evolution.
The Evolution Documentary channel (autoplays video)
has collected documentaries and clips about evolution available on youtube, including documentaries from BBC
, and National Geographic
. [more inside]
How did life arise? What is information? In his recent dispatches
from The Technium
, Kevin Kelly would say extropy
). [previously 1
Humans are evolving more rapidly
than in the distant past, according to a new study
published in PNAS. "The massive growth of human populations has led to far more genetic mutations, and every mutation that is advantageous to people has a chance of being selected and driven toward fixation. We are more different genetically from people living 5,000 years ago than they were different from Neanderthals
", says lead author John Hawks. [more inside]
Inward Technology - Directed Evolution of Humans (W.Post - reg.)
"The next frontier..is our own selves"
"We should not just accept but embrace the new technologies"
"But the promise of mastery is flawed. It threatens to banish our appreciation of life as a gift.."
the author, the book via via
I come from a long line of inbreeders.
No more laughing at them there bills from the hills! It seems all us white folk are related to only 50 frisky ancestors!
Will the next significant steps be biological, technical or both?