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Evolution: swing power

It was technology, not natural selection, that made modern man

By Timothy Taylor   October 2010

Darwin was correct that we evolved from simple creatures. But he was wrong, I believe, about the causes. We did not somehow become naturally smart enough to invent the technology upon which we rely. Instead, the technology evolved us.

The dawn of the technological era over 2.5m years ago is signalled archaeologically by the first chipped stone artefact. After that, the process of natural selection and survival of the fittest was undermined; intelligent humans with weapons could kill animals stronger than them. That our evolutionary ancestors started out far from the top of the food chain is illustrated by the…

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