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Old 02-27-2017, 08:48 AM
adaher adaher is offline
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Originally Posted by Francis Vaughan View Post
Perhaps the bottom line is this:

The title to the thread asked "Are there certain problems with our bodies that evolution will solve? "

The answer is yes. Evolution will select against some things that are a problem at that time or select some trait that is advantageous at that time. (Solve is perhaps a poor word however.)

Do we know what they are?

No. Not a clue. What mutations might exist in the future is unknown, and how they relate to the conditions at that time is also unknown. Pressures on features of the existing diversity of humans is also impossible to predict in the future.

Kurt Vonnegut's Galápagos has a particular take on what traits might be selected for as time passes to ensure the survival of the species.
Two points:

1) I should have said, "Would evolution solve these problems if we were not interfering in the process?

2) It does seem that some evolution is pretty predictable. For example, whatever senses a species needs most will become highly developed, while senses they need less will tend to stay primitive.