One Giant Leap for Mankind

Derry, JF (2009) One Giant Leap for Mankind: Terrestrial and Extraterrestrial Hominina Evolution. In: Innovation and Creativity in a Complex World, Wagner, CG (ed.). World Future Society.
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About JFDerry

Writer. Darwin, science & more. 4 books: Piospheres, Darwin in Scotland, Serial Killers. Current project is THE DISSENT OF MAN. Born near London, raised near Primrose Hill and in Lincolnshire, and studied at the Universities of Bangor, York and Edinburgh for degrees in Biochemistry, Bioelectronics and Biological Computation, and a PhD in African Ecology. Mainly working in British and African universities, but also in Spain, Brussels, Mongolia and Australia, to date, publication history is mostly in academic journals, on aspects of computational biology, pastoralism and on Charles Darwin and evolution. However, also written for several national newspapers, various governments, several major record labels and independent book publishers. Fiction has appeared at the Edinburgh International Book Festival and poetry is at the Human Genre Project. Lives in Edinburgh, with partner and their two daughters.
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2 Responses to One Giant Leap for Mankind

  1. Wonderfully stimulating! Looking after our current environment is the thing. If we can learn to do that today we can maybe look after our future environments as well. Development is only a problem when it denies sustainability. Creativity is only a problem when it denies sustainability. What is so difficult about living within limits? Is it not the common sense that you hope for?

  2. JFDerry says:

    Hi Mart, I guess the everlasting problem is how to adapt cognitively to a dynamic environment that may well be proceeding at a different temporal scale to the other environmental selection pressures that act on our morphology. Fundamentally, it reconsiders the unit of selection, again, but, even if that is known, what control to do we have over natural processes acting at the scale? In the case of climate change, mitigating with broad brush strokes may prove pointless and ineffectual if important processes are untouched. Sustainable, sensible limits are as much a function of this knowledge as are the short-term mitigation actions. Stimulating indeed.

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