An age of devolution is a phrase that suggests the coming extinction of the human species. A number of researchers, serious scientists from the realms of physics, biology, and genetics, suggest calamitous events yet to come. Of this sphere of inquiry these are real scientists, and not pseudo-scientist you find in the ranks of philosophies like psychology, sociology and criminology. Hardcore science realism is addressing human species regression that suggests eventual human extinction. A “devolving” state of affairs is not meant in a biological sense, but in regard to intellectual ascendancy.
As to the idea of devolution, or de-evolution, that is the brief allegation regarding the current state of humanity. As used in this context, “devolving” is reference to a stage-by-stage process by which the human species eventually culturally and socially degenerates to an irreversible state of societal apocalypse. Out of selfish immaturity and intellectual debasement, collective regression eventually erodes civilized capacity. For instance, in post-modern cultures, the stupidity of mass marketing, grotesque acts of consumerism and gluttonous consumption, are symptomatic of “devolution”. And, there are a number of related signs of which socio-economic disparity is another.
While vast numbers of people would prefer ignorance in blissful comfort, the reality suggests a gloomy eventuality for the human population. By now, some futurists claim human civilization should have achieved far great advancement. Regardless, throughout the daily spectrum of “edutainment”, poly-babble, and pseudoscience foolishness, a false sense of security masks looming global darkness. Hope springs eternal for politicians, pundits, pontiffs and the public, except for the few who sense something is wrong.
For the onset of the age of devolution, the alleged “civilized” human species, takes prideful arrogance in the profanity of its self-destruction. Stupidity commits the same acts of war, famine, disease, poverty and oppression repeatedly. Some will argue, yes we know all this. Okay then why has not the species elevated itself to higher planes of ascendancy? A philosopher from the 1800s lamented that even though people claim knowledge of history that does not infer anyone learns to make better decisions or advance the human species. Inhumane behaviors remain widespread.
Additionally, neither does this perspective ensure humans learn from their experiences. From a classical or rational criminological school of thought, the question often arises as to why? Such is the most complex inquiry in one three-letter word, of which there are no easy answers. After every serious criminal incident, which the media tends to sensationalize, the press conferences are enraptured and otherwise entertained by that singular interrogatory. Why did the crime occur? Why did the suspect do it?
Why this and why that and so on, the simplistic answer, the “single bullet” theory, strives for an easy trouble-free rationalization. The answer to a diverse range of human behaviors, particularly those that are “anti-social” and cause harm invites a complex discussion. There are no stress-free tranquil answers. Yet, the simplicity by which most people apply cause-effect solvability factors is rampant across mainstream society. Collectively, culture pays a stiff price for presumed “learned” responses that come in sound bites, as oppose to well-researched fact driven critical analysis.
As result, where superficial answers suffice instead of in-depth evidence supported validation, there are no guarantees people will remedy social maladies. Change, creativity and innovation, as well as the advancement of the human species, will suffer. In fact, the opposite occurs when stupidity replaces logic and reason. Very little learning takes place for the success of societal enlightenment. Looking back through time, empires rose and fell, from Rome to England, from Egypt to Spain, as collapse is inevitable.
“Super powers” have come and gone, other life forms, about 90% or more, are now extinct. Social processes and everything attached, freedom, progress, equality and due process, eventually wane as self-evolving differentiation falter. Earlier times can be characterized by that which started with great adventure, exploration and pioneering enterprise. Later, given to the selfishness of human nature, cultures malformed and in time, became internal threats to future existence and viability.
Excessive materialism, gluttonous consumerism, and obsessions with immediate gratification, as well as fixations on living the “dream”, are arrogantly allowed to undermine intellectual and more enlightened pursuits. In order to safeguard profit continuity to the higher yet restricted levels of socio-economic status, political and corporate corruption are often ignored. Or, such collusion influence institutional politics lower standards, change laws and otherwise benefit the few.
Furthermore, by acceptance of naïve labeling or “diagnoses”, the nebulous notions of pseudoscience eventually overwhelm public policy, and thereby contribute to a condescending spiral of “anti-thinking”. So-called “mental health” issues are tossed around in the public spectrum as though every commentator or pundit is therapist. Yet, most people, including the public, cannot explain the alleged “mental health” terms so effortlessly used to describe other people. Trite slogans masquerade as wisdom.
Stupidity, deliberately exercised from the standpoint of immaturity, degrades and devolves the existence of the human species. Likewise, it is dangerous. A devolving society allows sordid schemes that foment and fabricate the child-like incessant need for self-gratification. Political correctness and “intolerance for tolerance” encourages the destruction of essential freedoms. Free speech becomes a major casualty as many relish in the fraud of self-deception. With the mirror looking back, from its blackened recesses into the shadows, the peering face is the mask the hides the real creature.
The absurdity of modern discourse in the public arena demonstrates the strain of senseless conjecture. Pretending to be discussion, or insightful “reporting”, the talk show circuits are rife with stupendous emotion laden attempts at communication. During a national election season for example, feeble attempts to inform the public fail miserably in sticking to facts, evidence and the certainties of proof. Egregious errors in fallacies of inference defy the sobriety of logic and reason, and devolve to primal states of debasing invective. In conjunction, or collusion, 24/7 networks, along with social networking, spread emotional derision across a broad spectrum of society.
Of the argumentative construct one economist described, in the “basic laws of human stupidity”, one of primary importance is that of danger. To openly be stupid, regardless of socio-economic status, to collectively believe and act in ignorant ways, invites the eventual regression of humanity into extinction. There is the peril of devolution to the detriment of the species. One or more persons can be “smart” in their domain, or particular niche of social interactivity. Yet, outside that special place, where they may or may not have developed expertise, they perpetrate all manner of absurdity. To that end, add in the acceptance of supernatural beliefs, simplistic answers to complex problems, extreme ideologies, and so on, and the mix of maladaptive thinking and behaving is menacing. A growing number of scientists have begun warning of such probabilities.
By the end of the 21st century, scientists warn that nearly 50% of the animal species on planet earth will be extinct. Others who have devoted extensive study to the issue of human termination point to an earlier timeline. Historically, no singular species has demonstrated an ability to survive for any prolonged span of time. Multiple theories for eventual self-extermination of the human species suggest a variety of ways by which termination might occur. From one perspective, human DNA continues a gradual degeneration whereby dangerous mutations move from one generation to the next.
As organic mutations occur, the intellectual capacity, that is to say particularly critical thinking and problem solving capabilities, deform to less competent levels. According to some, these harmful effects are increasing at a more rapid pace. As a result, while thinking ability regresses over time, organic deterioration reaches a zero tolerance level. As a result, a weaker human is more susceptible to widespread disease, which eventually eliminates the population. Physical weakness and frail conditions, along with diminishing I.Q. capacity, will reach a point where humans ultimately die off.
Among the diversity of opinion on human extinction, some may argue climate change, while some assert a perspective of physiological devolution. Sill though, others proclaim socio-economic basis in things like war, viral pandemic, ecologic exploitation and so on. Yet, most people in mainstream society, adherent to a status quo mediocrity and an unscientific affinity for supernatural or extraterrestrial “cultism”, do not want to consider the prospect of human extinction. Instead, hope springs eternal in gluttonous consumerism, and “mutant” generations are the stuff of sci-fi movies.
However, in the last 4.5 billion years, five major catastrophic events have wipe out most living creatures on the planet. For a few scientific researchers, the sixth will be greater than the last. In varying degrees or ranges, human beings are a dying species living in a self-imposed decaying environment. The terrain is that which people, particularly the top 1% have exploited for greedy materialistic purposes. No one knows for certain when it will happen, but a number of geneticists are convinced the prospects are inevitable that humans will die off. In a particular biological online publication, researchers suggest that the humankind have entered the “sixth mass extinction”. Unlike the previous cataclysmic events, such as asteroids, volcanoes and climate shifting, the one that is coming is predominantly a human instigation.
The selfish perspective that perpetuates an ideology of endless consumption without consequences hastens the decline of human existence. Added to that is the depletion of the environment. In addition, with the arrogance of stupidity, excessive means of self-gratification fail to serve the needs of the greater good. Although there are noble efforts on the part of a few, the overwhelming majority of human inhabitants, participate in a global rapaciousness based on a fragile infrastructure. While natural disasters of the past have contributed to mass extinction, the next one maybe of a different origin. Some scientists believe humans will cause the next global demise of living creatures. From a realistic view based on a worldwide assessment, it may be too late.
Among those slated to go out of existence are humans. Whether by ignorance in denying the probability of human departure, or by foolhardy attempts to maximize gain without repercussions, the theoretical projection exists. That is, “nature” has a way of correcting life on the planet. Some will vanish and people are on the list. Contributions to this devolving process include over-development of land use, particularly with regard to unlimited growth. The status quo conception of excessive consumption, which aids mass consumerism, cannot long produce a stable and sustainable environment.
Exploitation to fulfill commercial, financial and political interests continue to degrade and otherwise compromise the exceptional efforts to avoid societal collapse. Given the intricacy of inter-relatedness of human activity, such disdain for the planet thereby, from this perspective, intentionally brings about the eradication of the human species. With a growing number of real scientists, as opposed to pseudoscientists and an array of con artists, the prevailing view suggests a global apocalypse of massive proportion. For all the ideological posturing, not much has helped turn things around.
From this viewpoint, the future prospects of dealing with the metaphorical reference to the “four horsemen”, described sometimes as war, disease, famine and pestilence, are slim and probably not at all. With the vast concentration of wealth in the hands of a very small group, controlling two thirds of the earth’s resources, there does not seem to be an inclination to rectify the adverse state of affairs. For instance, according to some researchers, the persistence of pressing the ideology of unlimited growth and excessive consumerism, pillages and plunders the planet closer to disaster. Generally, collusive corporate-state interactivity has not shown extraordinary problem solving capacity.
One writer laments, among many, in an article appearing in an online news service, by posing the question, to what has the human race devolved? Devolution here does not refer to a biological or evolutionary process, but the social descent of the human species to a lesser psychophysical level. As if such a level could be accurately measured, the figurative inference is toward a more primal state of existence. However, the assertion is not purely symbolic. On the contrary, the expression is used to denote a number of adverse factors affecting the final stages of human existence.
In regard to the claim previously, after conducting a survey of major global events, the general conclusion was drawn by way of observational inference that people are descending to primitive levels of interactivity. Of that, the perception suggests the human species is as destructive and counterproductive as ever. And, not much will change. Some would assert that humans are acting increasingly in stupider ways. Of that stupidity, based on a number of aspects, there is very little hope for a more evolved species.
Controversial to say the least, and affected by diverse points of view, one study reported in an international news publication suggested intellectual capacity of humans peaked decades ago. Meanwhile, in terms of modern educational efforts, the broad spectrum of instruction does not change very much. Bureaucratic mechanism remains consistently stifled by things called outcomes, rubrics, templates, and stuff done repeatedly, achieving less than lofty results. Subsequent generations, with notable exceptions, decrease the prospects of productive ascendancy even more.
As time goes by, one United Kingdom newspaper posed a question in the title of an article on the issue of human I.Q. levels. It simply asked whether or not humans were becoming stupid. With that, the attendant discussion ensues as to the capability of long-term problem solving capacity. Additionally, if I.Q. test scores are eroding in a downward trend, with 10 or more points regressively, future prospects for the human species may not be very promising. The slippage in points could be higher.
Based on studies conducted in the U.K., Denmark, Australia and the U.S., the devolving trend suggests a potential danger. Some researchers offer the dismal prospects that as populations grow, the great numbers of humans will be less intelligent. As such, the possibility exists that by 2050, a serious “human devolution” effect could hasten the eventual demise of the species, and thus, the age of devolution.