From Evolution to Inevitolution by Dmitri Dozortsev

Originally posted on Fertility Conundrums

Civilization development is driven by scientific discoveries which have to inevitably happen. One human being has very little value for this inevitability: individual human’s only intrinsic inevitable quality is death. As number of humans was small, it was taking a long time from one discovery to another. For example, it took thousands of years to exit the stone age and enter bronze age. The man who came up with the first stone tool had no competition for thousands of years. Today, when I get a “new” idea in my small and highly specialized field, I can be assured with 99% certainty that someone had exactly the same idea a few days or perhaps few years ago. It becomes incredibly hard to be original … which means that all possible discoveries became inevitable. This inevitability of increased complexity of civilization is not directed by anything or anybody, but an intrinsic property of a large group of humans: everything that can be discovered advancing humanity to an unknown, unpredictable and yet inevitable finale.  We do not know who will make a discoveries, we don’t know how it will happen, but they will happen with absolute certainty. Just like in quantum mechanics, everything that can happen will happen, given enough time.

This increase of complexity is not only inevitable, but the speed with which inevitable outcome is achieved is continuously accelerating by virtue of population increase.

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