Cladologism aside, the era of biological evolution is essentially over due to our present state of existence in a very tiny segment of time. All current evolution is now of our doing and mainly exists in the social system. The Teilhard noosphere, if you like. The history of evolution of the noosphere could use the services of a competent cladologist.
posted on 06/09/2003 10:29:18 AM PDT
(gazing at shadows)
Cladologism aside, the era of biological evolution is essentially over due to our present state of existence in a very tiny segment of time.
I would hesitate to say it is over. Think of the "Flatland" analogy where the third dimension is missing. For us, in our very brief lifetimes, the fourth dimension is missing. Sure we experience time, but compared to "deep time" our time dimension is paper thin like the third dimension in Flatland. We may drastically affect evolution by hastening the demise of species but the next million or billion years may bring things we cannot imagine (and don't have to worry about whether we can imagine or not).
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