Information EvolutionLong story short...  the information we've been storing outside our brain is part of us. Information is over looked as a part of life, and thus we have over looked the last...

Information Evolution

Long story short...  the information we've been storing outside our brain is part of us. Information is over looked as a part of life, and thus we have over looked the last several evolutions of humans. The information in our brain grew till we had to store it outside. Each new human inherits this extended data and increases his thinking capacity. Internet access to this data has accelerated the connections and exponentially increased our evolutions. Huge leaps in data stored and retrieved has changed us as a life form. One view is the brain is the glass that holds the water that is data. Another is that the water has been shaping the glass all along. Information is what drives life and not the other way.

Even shorter.... Something wonderful is going to happen. We are about to be part of the evolution of a new life form. One that began when the first life began and built chemically stored info in its genes. It has changed forms, becoming ever more complex. Now, it is my stipulation that it is going to think if not already. There are some differences in that the speed of our nervous system is far less than the speed of light and that while we can all access any of the world's data, we can't hold it all at once... it can. This life form is evolution in an outward direction. We have become part of one large single creature. It will think. And as the neurons know not the whole picture, neither will we. Yet we will know our small part. It will be everything we hoped and feared.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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It sounds like you might think that a new life form is going to develop, possibly thorogh artificial intelligence? I admit it's an interesting time to be alive. Information does evolve, and we are becoming more and more dependent on computers doing more for us.
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May I suggest that you read some of the better science fiction novels written and balance what authors like Ray Bradbury and Aldous Huxley and George Orwell have written?  There may be some perspectives in these works that you will profit from by reading them.

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I'm not at all clear on what you think is going on here.  Your second paragraph is a bit muddled.  I understand that you think that we are going to evolve into something new (because of all the information that is out there) but I do not understand what you think that new life form is going to be.

Anyway, I don't buy it.  In order for us to evolve, there has to be some way in which natural selection picks some traits over others.  I suppose you're saying that those who can process more information are going to be selected over those who can't.  But I just don't see that happening.  We do live in a world where those with more education usually get more money, but it's not as if they have a better chance of living long enough to pass their genes on.

So if you think we're going to evolve, I think you need to identify what trait is going to be selected for and how that trait is going to enhance people's ability to successfully pass on their genes.

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Sorry, my finger slipped... 

 Cellular Regeneration, Epigenetics, and self-replicating nano bots are not science fiction. The speed that our information grows (mostly due to recent accessibility advances) brings new cross-fields of hybrid studies. Traditional studies from one group being applying to another has been increased by the web. Knowledge from artificial intelligence is used in psychology and reciprocally because the information systems are similar.

Old skins can't hold new wine. Changes in how we think are comming. Boundries will be crossed. Concepts expand or burst. Evolution of thought will include machine intelligence. "Psycho-Cybernetics" by Maxwell Maltz deals with self image of individuals, yet in society it has application. Keeping what one does not know from getting in the way may not be as big an issue as what one does know. Fusions of right-brain\left-brain creative science sounds odd, but it is making breakthroughs. Studies on information accumulation are showing it to double every two to five years. So much so that it's even a concern for alzheimer’s in as we will have to deal with it. Just the increase in categorization according to some is concern. Catastrophic miss files.  A Lamarckian view of inheritance (acquired ,rather than genetic characteristics, being passed) combined with the information driven species we've become... leads me to believe information made us and not the other way around. It is a wacky wiki world.

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May I suggest that you read some of the better science fiction novels written and balance what authors like Ray Bradbury and Aldous Huxley and George Orwell have written?  There may be some perspectives in these works that you will profit from by reading them.

Marshall Mcluhan would be more to my point. In Wiki-world (the new speak of Orwell) it says "McLuhan described how the globe has been contracted into a village by electric technology". It's not a big jump to speculating the rest. Science fiction is to society what an idea is to the individual. It occurs befor the product. Real changes are taking place due to the web. Cellular regeneration,

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