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#16    shrooma

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 01:19 PM

View PostBiffSplitkins, on 24 April 2013 - 12:59 PM, said:


We will, however, become less intelligent
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WILL biff?!
surely you mean HAVE.....??
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Posted 24 April 2013 - 01:20 PM

All of your hypothesizes are accurate, the question is.. which event is gonna happen first?? That should be the question, not how, but which scenario will happen first~


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Posted 24 April 2013 - 01:23 PM

View Postfreetoroam, on 24 April 2013 - 01:14 PM, said:

it was the lefty white people who did not want anything said against the situation and would not have a white person talk against it....the numerous black friends i had were disgusted by their attitude as it did not help race relations at all!
It was ok for a black person to complain but not a white, now how racist was that? but not by the blacks in this case.
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that's typical reverse-racism freet, and our govt. is largely to blame.....

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 01:28 PM

true ryn. there's so many ways to choose from, it's like russian roulette on a global scale!

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 01:41 PM

Assume the human body encounters a virus. Because viruses replicate with great efficiency by parasitically using cells, the human body will initiate an immune response to likely include a fever. The immune response may destroy the virus. Or the virus, because it lacks intelligence, will continue to reproduce until it destroys the human and ultimately itself. Now, assume the human body to be analogous to the earth. Humans are the virus, the earth has elicited an immune response, think global warming, and the outcome might be the elimination of the virus. Or, a godly physician might hurl a potent antibiotic at the virus, think massive asteroid ... wink, wink ; )


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Posted 24 April 2013 - 02:15 PM

By our own hand.


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Posted 24 April 2013 - 02:25 PM

'medical applications for genetic engineering, nanotechnology and other advances could see great benefits...'

and great dangers as well...


- Zaphod222: 'Some cataclysmic event, such as a meteorite hit or a megavolcano explosion.'

Absolutely, if this happens it will in all probability be the end of us... (...and the begining of something new?)

- shrooma: 'most likely through our own stupidity.'

Another good point, but can we prevent our stupidity?


There are 2 other things which concerns me and they are related to 'stupidity':

1. population explosion. As we know 7bn humans live on this planet and this number increases as we speak (or rather
write).
How many more can this planet tolerate? Where are the limits? And what happens when those limits are exceeded?
How behave overcrowded habitats in nature?
If too many rats (or mice, or whatever) are locked up in a box, they become mad and aggressive.
That means hunger, desease, war, economic collapse... etc.
Mother Earth herself (or nature, or even God) may decide to get rid of those... parasites, finally.

2. global warming
some don't believe it but I do. I am persuaded of this because of the glacier and pole melting. And if humans are to
blame for it (what we don't know for sure but it seems so), we should do much more to prevent further warming than we
did so far.
Because I am afraid when the point of no return is reached and exceeded (may be this is already the case), the global
temperatures will rise more than 1 or 2 degrees Celsius. The future will probably look like Venus.

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 02:29 PM

View Postshrooma, on 24 April 2013 - 12:53 PM, said:

(but before anyone jumps on the 'racist' bandwagon, can I just point out that my eldest son is black, my last GF was japanese/american, and I have two frenchmen on my FB list.)
I don't know that there is anything so bad about being a little anti-French.  There does not exist a tourist who does not have stories about things that happen to them in France.


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Posted 24 April 2013 - 02:34 PM

I'm an optimist; I think the galaxy is empty with plenty of worlds waiting for us so in a sense the human species will exist at least as long as the galaxy exists, although there will be local catastrophes here and there.

The thing is the inhabitable planets take at minimum thousands of years to travel between, so there will be separate evolution on each, leading to our descendants evolving into all sorts of beings, and no longer being human.


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Posted 24 April 2013 - 02:45 PM

View Postbudica, on 24 April 2013 - 01:15 PM, said:

This is a no brainer, one word, RELIGION!!!  with everyone fighting over who has the best imaginary friend the human race will be the casualty.

No. Religion can cause a lot of misery, but it won´t do the entire species in. That needs something more drastic. Nature has plenty in store.

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 02:51 PM

Religious fanatics could set out to destroy humanity if they became persuaded their view was failing, and technology is approaching the point where there are several ways they could do it.


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Posted 24 April 2013 - 03:08 PM

Soil, fuel and water depletion will collapse human populations and leave a rump of hardy individuals who will band together to salvage what is left and best of the efforts of Civilization.

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 03:10 PM

View PostBr Cornelius, on 24 April 2013 - 03:08 PM, said:

Soil, fuel and water depletion will collapse human populations and leave a rump of hardy individuals who will band together to salvage what is left and best of the efforts of Civilization.

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Nah -- stable population, sustained recycling of resources and sustainable renewable energy are all less than a generation awayl


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Posted 24 April 2013 - 03:18 PM

View PostFrank Merton, on 24 April 2013 - 03:10 PM, said:

Nah -- stable population, sustained recycling of resources and sustainable renewable energy are all less than a generation awayl
You should look into the current sitaution regarding soil degradation and erosion and the abandonment of agricultural land. Scary to say the least and an issue for now not tomorrow.
Coupled with the fact that agriculture as currently practiced is a means of turning oil into food in a very inefficient way, and I think you should be concerned.

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 03:30 PM

Well now I'm am not so misinformed, and I can read agricultural statistics and see what is happening with natural gas and with populations and crime and disease and poverty around the world.  However, I have no desire to debate you on these things, as I've seen your true-belief attitude in exchanges you've had with others.  I just want to be sure the positive things that are happening don't get buried with all the gloom.

The one real concern I have is with global warming, but I think it will turn out tough but not nearly so bad as predicted.





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