What we are experiencing is the evolution of evolution. No longer is evolution limited to random genetic mutations that happen to produce a competitive advantage in the physcial world...we now have the opportunity, at least in part, to direct our own evolution. Humanity's consciousness generates the capability to choose, or at least purposefully influence the path along which we develop...but nothing is guaranteed. Many of the traits that helped secure the species' success over the past 160,000 years or so may interfere with continued success in the future. Old habits are hard to break.