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mark211Environment and evolution in offworld colonial populations?2018-04-22 03:55:32
mark211Thanks, as always, to everyone who commented recently and for Ironspider's thoughts on the definition of rebelliousness and acts of rebellion. So - to this week and a change of pace ...2018-04-22 03:56:31
mark211... let's say that in the far future the human race manages to identify habitable planets or moons ('Goldilocks' environments I believe the phrase is) and is able to colonise them. Over time, to what extent would you expect these populations to evolve - whether socially, politically, economically, or physically - in response to the new ecologies they find themselves in? This is of course an idea which has been explored for decades by different SF writers - so what are your thoughts on this?2018-04-22 03:59:31
r.tornellolocal as in moon and mars, or more distant? One is doable now the other requires new technology, and changes in the dominant sentient life forms. 2018-04-22 04:02:25
dandrew72Allow me to add an extra element (no pun intended): consider that there could be lifeforms that aren't carbon-based. 2018-04-23 16:45:24
Modelling_MushiTaking up @r.tornello and @dandrew72, if we talk only about Homo Sapiens and also exclude adaptive or evolutionary processes engineered by humanity itself (i.e. gene building/splicing/changing, and adding mechanical/robotic/ai features) then the extent of evolution and adaptation are limited by the genes we posses plus the external stimuli (environment + change agents). So depending upon which environment we are in changes in physical dimensions (height, limb length, width), pigmentation changes (skin colour, eye colour etc) would be just the start. But there would be limits. We could not adapt naturally to living underwater 100% of the time for instance,that would take intervention.2018-04-24 20:11:17
IronspiderI'd agree with @Modelling_Mushi, physical (genetic) evolution doesn't occur that quickly. Phenotypic plasticity may allow for minor 'amendments' to cope with localised environmental pressures, for example high-altitude adaptation, but beneficial change would be on a much longer time scale. Socially, politically, economically? Whole 'nother barrel of monkeybats! There you're looking at tribal competition and, though there are rules that govern how larger groups function - accepted social norms, democracy, Keynesian economics, a conch - self-interest is likely to be the deciding factor. If mankind ever had a gene that coded for altruism, it's probably been bred-out over the generations, ever since Moonwatcher saw the Monolith and picked up a bone.2018-04-24 23:43:08
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