Science in Writing: Future Humans

I find it quite intriguing that, as science fiction becomes more and more popular, it seems like good stuff still seems to escape the mainstream. Right now I’m actually watching a show called “Fringe,” which is highly underrated. This show just took a very interesting turn. This could very potentially be a spoiler by proximity so I would suggest you discontinue reading this if you plan on watching “Fringe” at some point.

I think the amount of time that both science and science fiction dedicates to trying to rationalize the future of humanity is extremely intriguing. Naturally, that is arguably the only topic science fiction works to confront, but I mean specifically the characterization of the humanity’s future evolutionary path. It’s also interesting that sci-fi seems to emphasize the evolution of the human species moving towards a logical, vulcanite race that is close to sexless and subsequently very near androgynous, whereas some evolutionary biologists think that quite the opposite will happen.

There is a belief that the increased sexualization of our culture is going to shape future generations to continue choosing mates based on sexually preferable characteristics that will ultimately result in an even larger differentiation between male and female and stray away from the sexless logical-driven depiction of humanity that so many people like to think we are moving towards.

And I wonder to myself; where is this in science fiction? Sex quite obviously sells, but still this hypersexuallization escapes human evolution in so many examples of science fiction that deals with evolution. I haven’t had a lot of time to sift through the science fiction I haven’t read to look for evidence of that what I am saying is true. I imagine that those of you who do read this blog also read science fiction, so I’d like to know if you have read any speculative sci-fi that includes a vision of the evolution of humanity that is more in synch with the speculations of evolutionary biologists. Leave examples in the comments!

— Deirdre McCormick, Editor

Editor’s Note: Deirdre McCormick is a third year Biology Major with a minor in Creative Writing.  She is deeply passionate for both topics and that is evident in much of her writing endeavors.  She was also recently published in Lewis University’s own Windows magazine.

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