Week 1a - >150 exoplanets Increasing likelihood...

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The First Civilizations March 23-26, 2010
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Human Evolution: Darwin vs. Outside Intervention
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A Note on Dates: BC, BCE, BP, etc. “B.P.”: Before the Present Used for old dates, e.g. 40,000 BP = 38,000 BCE Must remember to subtract 2000 to equal BCE date Old system: B.C. and A.D. B.C. = “Before Christ” A.D. = “Anno Domini” (“Year of the Lord”) New system (No religious reference) BCE = “Before the common era” CE = “Of the common era”
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Genetic (DNA) changes over time Random mutations Sexual selection Evolution within species groups Evolution from one species to another
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The “Great Leap Forward” Ca. 50,000 BP: Much higher rate of evolution Burying of the dead Making clothes from animal skins New hunting techniques (e.g. driving animals off of cliffs) Artwork (e.g. cave paintings) Can Darwinian evolution explain these sudden changes?
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An Exopolitical View of Evolution Modern astronomy & the search for extraterrestrial life Recent discovery of
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Unformatted text preview: >150 exoplanets Increasing likelihood that the Earth is part of a populated, intelligent universe Is Humanity a Biological Experiment? Theory of genetic upgrades by intelligent extraterrestrial beings Could explain sudden genetic & cultural changes such as the Great Leap Forward Could explain ancient peoples stories about star visitors Could explain advanced scientific knowledge of the Sumerians, Egyptians, et al. Could explain large, heavy, complex constructions (monuments) Why is Exopolitics Controversial? Lack of evidence to prove/disprove the theory How would humans view themselves differently if the exopolitical theory of evolution were proven? Human self-esteem & confidence: The sovereignty question Unity vs. division among humans Nation-states vs. global (one-world) government What if humans were (or are) aliens slaves? Extraterrestrial technology & military power...
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This note was uploaded on 05/30/2010 for the course HCMC 1273149 taught by Professor Lethithuylinh during the Spring '10 term at Alamance Community College.

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