26. Lockdown clues to human evolution
If you happen to be one of those people who, as I sometimes do, reads science fiction, you will be aware that one of the most common expectations for human evolution into the distant future is that we will evolve to have small bodies, atrophied limbs and supersized heads, to house our overdeveloped brains. This expectation ignores the possibilities offered by bioengineering and mechanical technology integration, but that is for another post. My observation during this lockdown, however, is that most people seem to spend their time lying about the house, randomly snacking on junk food and wasting a lot of time on social media. This is a lost opportunity, when so much time for exercise of the body and the mind is available. And it presents us with an alternative possible evolutionary path, in which we evolve to have large, round, flabby bodies, tiny heads to house dwindling brains and huge thumbs to contribute to the cacophony of nonsense prevalent in social networks. Your preference?