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Are we still evolving?

For the ppl that do believe in evolution, do you believe we are still evolving? If so how? If not, why do you think we stopped?

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sugahmamma

Asked by sugahmamma at 9:56 AM on Sep. 1, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Yes of course, but because evolutionary changes take so long it is hard to pinpoint exactly what changes have been made.
    SleepingBeautee

    Answer by SleepingBeautee at 9:59 AM on Sep. 1, 2010

  • Of course we're still evolving. Evolution takes place over generations. You wont see a huge difference between mother and daughter, but great to the 100th degree grandmother to granddaughter, you will start to see the differences.
    my2.5boys

    Answer by my2.5boys at 10:00 AM on Sep. 1, 2010

  • Yes we are. However, the majority of critics will ask how? They are looking for significant changes that happen over a short period of time. That does not happen. Evolution takes hundreds,thousand, even millions of years. It is not something that we would "see" during our lifetime.
    RheaF

    Answer by RheaF at 10:04 AM on Sep. 1, 2010

  • Yes we still evolve but it's so slow we don't know how we haven't changed much in thousands of years.

    RyansMom001

    Answer by RyansMom001 at 10:04 AM on Sep. 1, 2010

  • Yes, though I think we have hit a point in development where, because we can modify our environment, the processes of natural selection and environmental pressure have less effect on us. For instance, because of modern medicine, a lot of people who would not have survived generations ago now live to a ripe old age. Because we can modify our environment to suit us, I think the process will be different for us that for other animals who are more at the mercy of their environments. But yes, I think we will continue to evolve, and are doing so now.
    Freela

    Answer by Freela at 10:06 AM on Sep. 1, 2010

  • Ok so you think we are still evolving, but we havent changed much for thousands of years (common idea), and no one knows just how.


     Do you think it is possible that we are forcing our own evolution to slow down b/c of our food/water contamination, or b/c of our need to kill our environment/exhaust natural resources and replace it with technology?

    sugahmamma

    Comment by sugahmamma (original poster) at 10:19 AM on Sep. 1, 2010

  • We may be. Also look at the small stuff. Evolution does not have to be big changes. Like the average height of Man and Woman. 200 years ago it was shorter than it is today. Little things like that.
    RheaF

    Answer by RheaF at 10:35 AM on Sep. 1, 2010

  • Yeah I know...just want opinions of what you guys think.
    sugahmamma

    Comment by sugahmamma (original poster) at 10:42 AM on Sep. 1, 2010

  • Yes we are evolving, every minute of everyday on the cellular level..

    We do not "see" the evolving that is happening/going on because it takes millions of years to see actual physical changes being brought about by evolution. Also, yes in some ways technology, medical advancements,etc.. Has slowed down the progress of evolution. We do not have to adapt and change as much to survive any longer. We do not have to adjust/adapt to weather conditions, most live in climate controlled environments (and work in them), we do not have to adapt to new illnesses modern medicine takes care of that.. We do not even really have "survival" of the fittest any longer because we can keep people alive who should've been dead, we can create environments for people to live in if they are not capable of surviving on their own. Now are these advancements "bad". No, the knowledge that it took to come up with them is evolved knowledge..
    pixie_trix

    Answer by pixie_trix at 10:43 AM on Sep. 1, 2010

  • Yes, we are. Here is one good example: Dentists are seeing more younger people who either have no "wisdom teeth" ot maybe just two because we have evolved to the stage where we don't need as many teeth as they did millions of years ago. I only had two. I am 68 and don't think I will get those other two now.LOL. Anyway, back in the 1600's when the setllers came from England, people were much shorter too. We are several inches taller than our ancestors. So;...yes,we are still evolving.
    gertie41

    Answer by gertie41 at 10:47 AM on Sep. 1, 2010

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