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The Trusting Ape

An image of Beaker Culture artifacts from Great Britain

Beaker Culture artifacts from Great Britain

Will your genes survive the speciation event?

As the current craze over climate change (and just about every other Malthusian craze to date) clearly indicates, we humans tend to think of our world, and ourselves, as static. For both our planet and our species, nothing could be further from the truth. Anatomically modern humans, Homo sapiens sapiens, have only been around for 200,000 years or so. Behaviorally modern humans have been around for less than 40,000 years – a blink of the eye in geologic terms. And agricultural, deeply technological humans have been around only since the end of the last Ice Age, about 12,000 years – the briefest of geologic instants.

Humans, far from being a static species, are evolving at an astonishing pace. This rapid evolution is no doubt continuing even as I write. Although there are minor anatomical differences between us and the Cro-Magnons (our brains are a tad smaller, for instance), I submit that the primary difference between the current crop of humans and our recent antecedents is behavioral. This difference doesn’t show up in the fossil record, but evidence is present in the archaeological record, and I suspect there is almost certainly a (currently unidentified) genetic marker. The behavioral trait I speak of is the capacity for trust. In fact, I suggest that our particular subspecies be tagged Homo sapiens fides. Read more…

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