FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS POSTED ON BEHALF OF STUART HILL**
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
I am sending you
the following information in case you want to watch this TV show and possibly
circulate this announcement to others. I am one of the panellists
on this Thursday's FAQ-TV show.
ABC TV - FAQ : Thursday,
11 Jan., 2001. 8.30pm .
Topic: HUMAN EVOLUTION
- PAST & FUTURE
Hill - Foundation Chair of Social Ecology, University of Western Sydney
Professor Hans Coster
- Biophysics Dept., UNSW
Dr. Tim Littlejohn
- Chief Scientific Officer, Entigen
Dr. Matthew Meischke
- Medical Officer, Woolongong Hospital
Humans have changed considerably since Australopithecus walked the earth,
3 million years ago. We have lost our monobrow, but gained a very
large brain. This has helped us develop the ability to drastically alter
our environment and has improved our chances of survival. Infant
mortality has dropped from 130/1000 100 years ago to 5/1000 today.
What are the consequences of the huge changes that are currently taking
place for our future evolution?
Has Homo sapiens
stopped evolving? Some argue that retaining genetic defects will
threaten the ability of humans to cope with future disease outbreaks and
sudden environmental change. Others argue that we are still subject
to Darwinian selective pressures, such as the recent decline in fertility
Still others argue
that with the new developments in genetic engineering and other technologies
that we have barely begun to evolve into what we could potentially be as
a species. Could these new developments (such as gene therapy, brain
implants and nanotechnology) help us to "evolve"
into 'super humans'?
In this episode,
FAQ hopes to paint a picture of what 'Homo futuris' may look like and to
consider our possible futures. This 30-minute show is divided into
three sections that focus on our physical evolution, tool use and our social