In The 10,000 Year Explosion: How Civilization Accelerated Human Evolution, Gregory Cochran and Henry Harpending show that evolution hasn’t stood still after the advent of agriculture. There is certainly a lot for evolution to catch up with still, though, and it will continue to lag behind as our technological and cultural innovations continue to outpace it — although our very technology might render some of these mismatches irrelevant; for example, advances in medicine or biotechnology could eliminate any fitness disadvantage that eating junk food might otherwise cause, in which case we’d effectively cease to be maladapted to it.

Be that as it may, with or without evolutionary mismatches our genes don’t really care about us:

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