Tuesday, 29 May 2007

"Special Abilities" and Evolution



I am an unashamed fan of Sci-Fi/Fantasy drama TV shows and films and will readily conceed that although entertaining, the ideas and notions conjured up with special fx and creative writing genius can often be exceedingly and ridiculously far fetched, every so often something comes along that really hits home (think Star Trek, think The Matrix, think 2001 Space Odyssey, think Metropolis, think Toy Story!!!) lol. Ok that last one was a joke, but you get the point right?
Although these films/TV shows are far fetched, the phylosophies and visions contained in them are often hauntingly relevant to today's modern world. I found this in more recent times with The TV series Heroes which takes its focus off the technologies and other life forms which the future may hold and focus the attention on the evolution of Man kind, similar to the central theme of the X-Men comic books.
Im not going to start raving on about how great the show is but just using it to raise some questions:

Have we really reached the peak of our evolutionary journey or does "mankind" have a long way to go yet?
Will ordinary people one day start displaying extraordinary abilities that we would associate with "Super Heroes"?
or is it already happening?

Think about Autistic people for example, Im not an expert but from what I have experienced (first hand) and heard, aswell as read, people who "suffer" with autism, have seemingly limited communication and physical abilities but excel to almost supernatural levels in various areas such as Mathematical skill, artistic skill and mental power. Could this be but one example of the evolutionary process in Humans?
Dare I make the point that we (as in people who do not "suffer" with autism) increasingly communicate less, with less skill (verbally) we are not as physically active but yet we have gained and are continuing to amass vast amounts of knowledge in single lifetimes compared to that of people who lived 1000 years ago. Are we (people who do not have Autism) borderline autistic minus the extraordinary cognitive abilities?
I feel that the lines are blurring between what is generally thought of as a disability or abnormality and what we generally accept to be normal. I believe that mankind is yet to reach it's peak in it's evolutionary journey and that the next stages are already beginning to come about, more and more in the news am I reading extraordinary and extreme stories of people being capable of things seemingly supernatural things. Maybe I am a little "cooky" or "crazy" or over imaginative and a little bit of a "fantasist" but seriously, think about it - 5 senses, 3 dimensions, 24 hours to a day 365 days to a year, is that REALLY all there is to it.....?

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