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Thu, 15 Feb

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Brunswick

Natural Selection is over

Are we as a species at the end of evolution?

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Natural Selection is over
Natural Selection is over

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15 Feb 2024, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Brunswick, 7-11 Dawson St, Brunswick VIC 3056, Australia

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This round's topic: Natural Selection is over.

Biotechnology and genetic research are barrelling ahead 100 miles an hour. It may soon be possible to produce babies from just one person, or six, or more. Scientists speak of a future where babies may be brought to term in artificial wombs, with the capacity to screen embryos for genetic abnormalities, disease, or even physical traits.

Are we as a species at the end of evolution? Are we now turning to Mother Nature and saying; ‘thanks for the ride lady; we’ve got it from here’? Could future humans be a curated, disease-free, race of super-humans? Will mankind be manufactured? Will baby building become a commodity?

Or are these the hubristic hallucinations of a bunch of self-assured monkeys in white coats? Are the powers of evolution and natural selection far more complex and powerful than we understand? For a species that can’t even wean itself off fossil fuels, is this a future state not even worth entertaining? Does nature always find a way?

Come to Howler for some fermented fruit juice while 6 scientists and comedians entertain this existential quandary.

Doors open 6.30 - debate kicks off 7ish

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