Humans and Humankind

  • Peter Hulsroj
Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)


Our genes lie to us when they suggest that they confer a sort of immortality on us. The interest we have in passing on genes as a way of gaining immortality is to pass on our specific combination of genes, but the pure gene interest is in an atomized passing on, what is important is passing on the individual genes not a specific combination. This lack of ‘glue’ in gene combinations means that over time our specific combinations will blur and eventually be indiscernible. Hundred generations hence little if anything of your specific combination of genes will remain. Comfort might then be sought in the thought that humankind as such is immortal, that our common pool of genes will survive eternally. Yet, even this is more than doubtful. While humankind has learned to master its various environments in a remarkable fashion, we have also built many inter-human dependencies in doing so. Our high sophistication makes us susceptible to highly sophisticated threats created or fostered by us ourselves. The rewards of high emotional and intellectual capability are that we get an ever more refined possibility of grasping glimpses of eternity, ex hoc momento pendet aeternitas. The price we pay is our ultimate perdition, even as a species.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Hulsroj
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  1. 1.ViennaAustria

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