The trajectory of human, social evolution
Justin Rosenstein pushes us over the brink of a conclusive evolutionary step: when our direct ancestors overpowered our next closest kin millions of years ago. His emphasis on building elaborate mental models is not by accident because most evolutionary psychologists believe this imaginative capacity as crucial in our evolution. Combine elaborate world imagining with the orchestration of bodies and tools, hit the fast forward button, and here we are.
Part of the elaborate mental models humans produce include current attempts to envision how the internet and social media fit into the evolutionary trajectory of the future. Where Rosenstein focuses on the evolutionary past, Yuri Milner looks to the present and future in his mental model. Society, as viewed by most evolutionary psychologist, evolves with, and separate from, the individual human being. In other words, society evolves independent of genes. He envisions the power of the internet to connect minds and knowledge socially - creating a new form of brain, a global-human-social-brain.
By Darin L. Hammond
Writer for ZipMinis and owns ZipMinis Freelance Writing. Darin Publishes across the web on sites like Technorati, BC Blog, Blog Critics, Broowaha, Demand Media Studios, and Social Media Today. Google