Omni October 1991

 

 

ANNIVERSARY BONUS:
PULLOUT EVOLUTION GAME

FUTURE MAN AND THE
WHOLE EVOLUTION ALMANAC

CAN COMPUTERS COME TO LIFE?

HUNTING DINOSAURS
WITH ROBERT SILVERBERG

JEAN M. AUEL ON EARLY MAN

THE GAIA PRINCIPLE:
IS EARTH A SINGLE ORGANISM?

NEANDERTHALS REDISCOVERED

 
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Cover Art: Nature carved in stone distinct records of time's vast changes. Modern man, however, has left more ambiguous traces,suggests the illustration by Randy Nelsen (Earthbooks). He found his own uses for stone, first for tools and shelter, then for art. Man still evolves, slowly and subtly.

 
Contents / Articles

First Word
Archaeological evidence indicates that modern humans and Neanderthals
lived side by side for thousands of years. The author wonders whether
we will someday share the earth with a superior type of Homo sapiens.
by Jean M. Auel

Omnibus
The Who's Who of contributing authors

Forum
Inherit the ignorance: Sixty-six years after the Scopes monkey trial,
some schools still teach creationism as a science. Why does evolution
frighten some people?
by Keith Ferrell

Communications
Readers' Writes

Political Science
The whole planet could be bombed back to the Stone Age if the
United States doesn't keep a closer eye on its plutonium.
by Tom Dworetzky

Digs
Found (probably): The elusive missing evolutionary
link between man and ape.
by Delta Willis

Tools
Being God is harder thank it looks;
evolution by the numbers and more.
by Sandy Fritz

Continuum
It's time to pack up the camel and head for Bethlehem;
Galileo finds life - on Earth; putting ocean breezes to
work in Sweden; and more

Natural Direction
Darwin was wrong, say two eminent biologists. They've shown that
bacteria can mutate in responce to environmental stresses,
rather than at random.
by Pamela Weintraub

The Secret Life of the Neanderthal
Thanks to new dating techniques, paleontologists have begun
rethinking Neanderthals' role in man's history.
by Shari Rudavsky

Fiction: Hunters in the Forest
Bored by the relentless predictability of the twenty-third
century, Mallory takes a vacation in the Mesozoic Era
by Robert Silverberg

Pictorial: Cast in Stone
Over long millennia, nature sculpted its image in stone, creating
postcards from the past. We've just begun to unlock their secrets.
by Sandy Fritz

Life According to Gaia
A kinder, gentler theory of evolution. The Gaia hypothesis proposes
that living things and their environment act as a single organism.
by Jane Bosveld

Planit: The Omni Evolution Game
Life's not one big crapshoot. Instead it's a
board game that lets each player be Gaia.
by Rollie Tesh and Tom Braunlich

The Whole Evolution Almanac
Here's evolution in a nutshell. Our time line, compiled by Delta Willis,
summaries its history, and Gurney Williams III surveys some prominent
scientist about its future. Try your hand at mutation with Hemant
Chikarmane's tabletop kit. And return to your primitive roots with
Keith Haray's devolution program.

Interview
While most computer scientists are content to work on creating an
artificial intelligence, Chris Langton wants to create artificial
life in a computer. And he's succeeded
by Ed Regis

Games
Feeling lucky?
Take our quiz on the number 13, bane of triskaidekaphobics.
by Scot Morris

Earth
An entire family - the dinosaurs - has vanised. Whodunit?
Or, more precisely, whatdunit? An asteriod has emerged as the
chief suspect, and the hunt is on for the smoking crater.
by Curt Wohleber

Last Word
Did you love word problems when you took match in high school?
Well, try these math teasers anyway.
by Dave Jaffe