SpyderEdgeForever wrote: ↑
Sat May 18, 2019 2:05 pm
Thank you all, wow, these are some great answers you gave.
Would you say that the bottom line issue with human beings is that we humans have our main strength in our brain power and the ability to adapt to the enviroment, and, create tools such as knives, guns, and steel, and that is our main survival power over these creatures?
James, I brought up this type of discussion with a "futurist" who studies all sorts of technology and here was his speculation: I would like your view on it: He agreed about the human mind being man's greatest strength. He told me his opinion is that once technology advances to the point where man can routinely and cheaply and easilly re-engineer the natural world to his liking, then we can have the "best of both worlds": People can have the increased brain power and capacity, and, the physical prowess of the animal kingdom. He predicts human beings will eventually become like a combination of the being "Q" on Star Trek (a powerful being who can directly control energy and matter with his mind), and Wolverine from "X Men".
Ofcourse, as you know very well, for "every measure there is a counter measure" and unless the core nature of man were to be changed, then there would be some trade off or cost. Right?
I actually hope the idea of man re-engineering the world to his liking and giving himself the physical prowess of wild animals never happens. I can only see such technology as a tool for abuse, and certainly not for mankind as a whole, but *only for a select few*. It would be kept strictly top secret and most likely only used in limited elite military-type operations. The idea that such technology, even if it existed and were proved medically safe, would be made available to mankind as a whole, i.e., anybody who wants to be "upgraded", is a fantasy. And even if it did exist, I highly doubt it would be without negative side-effects on physical and mental health. You would be a human GMO. Would you really want that?
Man's mind over the animals is a great strength, but also a great problem. Only man willingly puts entire species on the brink of extinction (and beyond) out of pure greed (look what's happening to the wild African rhinos and elephants at the hands of poachers). IMO, it is not man's pure intellect that is his greatest asset, but intellect coupled with ethical and unselfish behavior.