Will Humans Ever Naturally Fly?

<p>Many years ago if you said in the 1700s a man can go on the moon people thought you were psycho or deluded..what about if we mention naturally flying today? Do you get the same reaction? I think the unarguable fact is in the moon model there is the capability of doing it, but in jumping up and flying with your bare hands, its different. I think its because we don't even have the ability rather than the capability. Capability is possible given the situation, but ability? What do you think</p>

<p>Technology moves at a much faster rate than evolution. Technology also hinders evolution. There may some day be a technology that allows humans to simply fly easily, but we won't ever be able to naturally fly because there's no need and no advantage gained from it.</p>

<p>Well I disagree because it gives you the advantage of being free from machines! And the fun factor! I think that's great. I don't mean flying in the air like you would slowly in space but fast peter-pan movement at the whim of your every move. I don't mean it as a sub. for flying from America to Europe but for regular distances around your city and such. And lets not get caught up in what if you get cold, sickness, health problems because lets assume we can first even fly and the rest can slowly but surely catch up. Forget specifics, just flying for now.</p>

<p>And what tech could possibly allow that flying to happen?</p>

<p>Well assume someone is born with wings or really big webbed hands (or whatever) that allow them to fly. Would that enable them to have more offspring? Or would they be seen as a freak and die lonely and childless?</p>

<p>I don't know what technology would allow humans to fly, but as you said, the technology that would allow people to go to the moon was inconceivable in the 1700's too.</p>

<p>anything evolving from humans that could fly on its own would certainly no longer be considered human...</p>

<p>^good stuff, but I didn't mean being born differently with big arms or wings, etc (not to disrespect that), but just taking a pill (i know it sounds retarded but lets assume so) or something that just allows us to fly with our bodies today - in other words an unaltered body since we have always been living with.
the machine that allowed us to go to the moon did not alter our bodies in any way. i just don't think we have the ability to enable this kind of activity within us, unless science can--with biotech--develop it for us in a way that will make us the superhuman.</p>

<p>for example, the post-human, or ubermensch as Nietzsche calls it, the body that remains intact but has forewent certain enhancements Posthuman</a> - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia</p>

<p>yeah, I don't know. We perceive limitations within our current paradigm, but some achievement always happens to change them completely. So you can't answer yes to this question with any sort of justification and you can't answer no with any, either. I don't think that humans are capable of ever knowing anything significant about the universe or reality, but whether we ever find a way to be able to fly, I have no idea.</p>

<p>Taking a pill that would enable us to fly isn't natural, it's another example of technology/biochemistry. It would indeed alter your body, even if you couldn't see it.
To naturally be able to fly one day would mean evolution without the interference of man-made gizmos, and that would likely take millions of years if it were to happen at all.</p>

<p>How To Fly
© by Douglas Adams</p>

<p>There is an art, it says, or rather, a knack to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss. Pick a nice day, [The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy] suggests, and try it.</p>

<p>The first part is easy. All it requires is simply the ability to throw yourself forward with all your weight, and the willingness not to mind that it's going to hurt.</p>

<p>That is, it's going to hurt if you fail to miss the ground. Most people fail to miss the ground, and if they are really trying properly, the likelihood is that they will fail to miss it fairly hard.</p>

<p>Clearly, it is the second part, the missing, which presents the difficulties.</p>

<p>One problem is that you have to miss the ground accidentally. It's no good deliberately intending to miss the ground because you won't. You have to have your attention suddenly distracted by something else when you're halfway there, so that you are no longer thinking about falling, or about the ground, or about how much it's going to hurt if you fail to miss it.</p>

<p>It is notoriously difficult to prize your attention away from these three things during the split second you have at your disposal. Hence most people's failure, and their eventual disillusionment with this exhilarating and spectacular sport.</p>

<p>If, however, you are lucky enough to have your attention momentarily distracted at the crucial moment by, say, a gorgeous pair of legs (tentacles, pseudopodia, according to phyllum and/or personal inclination) or a bomb going off in your vicinty, or by suddenly spotting an extremely rare species of beetle crawling along a nearby twig, then in your astonishment you will miss the ground completely and remain bobbing just a few inches above it in what might seem to be a slightly foolish manner.</p>

<p>This is a moment for superb and delicate concentration. Bob and float, float and bob. Ignore all consideration of your own weight simply let yourself waft higher. Do not listen to what anybody says to you at this point because they are unlikely to say anything helpful. They are most likely to say something along the lines of "Good God, you can't possibly be flying!" It is vitally important not to believe them or they will suddenly be right.</p>

<p>Waft higher and higher. Try a few swoops, gentle ones at first, then drift above the treetops breathing regularly.</p>


<p>When you have done this a few times you will find the moment of distraction rapidly easier and easier to achieve.</p>

<p>You will then learn all sorts of things about how to control your flight, your speed, your maneuverability, and the trick usually lies in not thinking too hard about whatever you want to do, but just allowing it to happen as if it were going to anyway.</p>

<p>You will also learn about how to land properly, which is something you will almost certainly screw up, and screw up badly, on your first attempt.</p>

<p>There are private clubs you can join which help you achieve the all-important moment of distraction. They hire people with surprising bodies or opinions to leap out from behind bushes and exhibit and/or explain them at the critical moments. Few genuine hitchhikers will be able to afford to join these clubs, but some may be able to get temporary employment at them. </p>


<p>The way you describe it, with the pill and no body changes and such, I think not.</p>

<p>No. IF this were to ever happen the evolutionary differences would be too different for the species to still be called "human".</p>

<p>Scientifically speaking, if the "naturally flying" human can produce viable offspring (that are themselves able to viably reproduce) with "plain" humans, then they are indeed human, regardless of people's individual opinions.</p>

<p>Humans have flown naturally for a long time--it's the landing we suck at. Not even LSD changed that.</p>

<p>@ kryptonsa36: Yes, that is true. But IF this were due to evolution the two groups would eventually drift so far that they wouldn't be able to produce viable offspring and thus would be considered two species. Of course you could say that flying humans existed in that intermediate period.</p>

<p>Water on different planets have may have the potential to reverse the gravity in ones body and possibly glide at incredible heights.</p>

I’ve always wanted to fly on my own accord, ans I find this article interesting. It might be possible to create an anti-gravity pill? Or, perhaps, we could use a mofified suit-like item with levitation abilities, sort of like a wearable hoverboard.

However, I don’t think we could ever evolve ourselves correctly so we can have winged human hybrids. That would be a complicated process.

“The Guide says there is an art to flying,” said Ford, “or rather a knack. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.”

– From Douglas Adams, in Life, the Universe and Everything