Like follows like. Cause and effect. Humans have noticed that things tend to follow one another, changing in a certain direction and building on what came before long before we had a word for it - evolution. Most people think of evolution solely as a process that has already been completed - one that made the animals we know today, from the pigeons who hang out on awnings for decks to the cats we have sleeping in our apartments. But evolution, by its very nature, is a continuing process, and it just affect plants and animals. We see evolution all around us all the time. This sight will help you learn to recognize it for what it is.
Have you noticed a change in the way people look and act? Not just between us now and the people in our history books but also between our generation and the ones before and after it? Humans evolve too - often much more quickly than any other species - because of our level of interconnectedness. People on one side of the globe might become interested in the death of a tree, which in turn leads people on the other side of the world to more carefully choose the materials that they build their centro square condos. This type of evolution of thought has sped up since the internet was invented.
And speaking of the internet, what about technology? Couldn't you also say that technology has been evolving? Our capacity to store, share, and record data has increased in leaps and bounds, especially over the last 100 years. The invention of factories frees up many people from laborious jobs, giving them more time to think of new technology, like radio, television, computers, the internet, smart phones, and automated lawn mowers that can do your Waterdown landscaping while you think of some newer and even crazier piece of technology to make life easier.
It's not just our thoughts and our toys that evolve, either. Entertainment and art is another area in which evolution occurs rapidly. Perhaps some IRS expats move to a new country and bring with them their old musical traditions. They then are exposed to new musical traditions and combine them with their old ones, creating a synthesis of music that can then be recorded and shared worldwide, prompting others to add their own ideas to the mix, and a while new musical genre can be born.
So if you've grown tired of watching the one legged frogs outside your homes in Maple Ontario to either fall victim or triumph during the slow process of physical evolution, turn your sights to other aspects of history and culture and you're sure to find a changing, building timeline wherever you look. To hear about more places you can see evolution in action and learn more about the history of the discovery and its implications for the future, you can start reading our articles on evolutionary landscapes. Choose one through the navigation bar at the top of the screen.