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« on: January 01, 2013, 10:59:43 AM »

I think Homo-Sapiens have surpassed cockroaches as the toughest species on the planet.  The Earth would literally have to explode to kill everyone.  If we wait long enough, we will start to populate other planets.  Will the human species last forever?  Will we eventually go to another planet, and evolve into something else?  Is that part of the cycle we are witnessing today?  Was Mars a former Earth?
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« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2013, 11:01:28 AM »

we will all die out eventually, nothing lasts forever.
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« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2013, 11:03:22 AM »

man will be here for as long as the planet can sustain us.
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« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2013, 11:03:41 AM »

we will all die out eventually, nothing lasts forever.
We might be too intelligent to die out now.  Even if there is a mass extinction event (like the dinosaurs) Humans are too resourceful to die out 100%.
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« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2013, 11:06:24 AM »

It's not totally unreasonable that we'll eventually merge ourselves into computers and abandon our current physical form. We'll become nothing but information.
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« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2013, 11:06:55 AM »

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Humans are too resourceful to die out 100%.
Ya think?
We are stupid.
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« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2013, 11:07:12 AM »

man will be here for as long as the planet can sustain us.
Which is part of my point. If Earth lasts long enough, we will start to colonize other planets.  It won't matter what happens to Earth if we develope the tech to go somewhere else.  Could this be Darwinism on a whole new level?  Have we been planet hopping before? Are aliens really long-lost relatives, who have adapted to new environments for thousands of years?  
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« Reply #7 on: January 01, 2013, 11:10:44 AM »

We might be too intelligent to die out now.  Even if there is a mass extinction event (like the dinosaurs) Humans are too resourceful to die out 100%.
Incorrect. We are a tiny, insignificant spec in the universe. To somehow think that we will be immortal as a species is incredibly arrogant IMHO.
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« Reply #8 on: January 01, 2013, 11:12:02 AM »

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« Reply #9 on: January 01, 2013, 11:14:12 AM »

i'm taking bets there are aliens out there with humans #1 on their extinction list.  Lips sealed

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« Reply #10 on: January 01, 2013, 11:15:00 AM »

Incorrect. We are a tiny, insignificant spec in the universe. To somehow think that we will be immortal as a species is incredibly arrogant IMHO.
What does that matter? Unless the earth is obliterated, people will survive. We aren't far off from living on other planets.  We can already survive on space stations.
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« Reply #11 on: January 01, 2013, 11:17:54 AM »

the problem we have is that we are dependant on things like electricity and services, without them we would struggle to survive.
most people wouldnt last two minutes out of their comfort zone.
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« Reply #12 on: January 01, 2013, 11:18:56 AM »

I think Homo-Sapiens have surpassed cockroaches as the toughest species on the planet.  The Earth would literally have to explode to kill everyone.  If we wait long enough, we will start to populate other planets.  Will the human species last forever?  Will we eventually go to another planet, and evolve into something else?  Is that part of the cycle we are witnessing today?  Was Mars a former Earth?

Wrong. Cocroaches will pretty much always be around, long after humans are gone.
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« Reply #13 on: January 01, 2013, 11:20:25 AM »

Wrong. Cocroaches will pretty much always be around, long after humans are gone.
waterbears are tougher than roaches
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« Reply #14 on: January 01, 2013, 11:26:50 AM »

the problem we have is that we are dependant on things like electricity and services, without them we would struggle to survive.
most people wouldnt last two minutes out of their comfort zone.

would we fuck. we'd adapt.

unless something absolutely catastrophic happens, we aint going nowhere.
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« Reply #15 on: January 01, 2013, 11:29:39 AM »

Wrong. Cocroaches will pretty much always be around, long after humans are gone.
Why?  The only way humans could possibly become extinct, is a major atmospheric change.  If we couldn't breathe oxygen, then most of us would die. Even then, the ruling elite across the world would probably have enough oxygen/masks to keep the species alive.
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« Reply #16 on: January 01, 2013, 11:36:21 AM »

Why?  The only way humans could possibly become extinct, is a major atmospheric change.  If we couldn't breathe oxygen, then most of us would die. Even then, the ruling elite across the world would probably have enough oxygen/masks to keep the species alive.
You haven't thought this through, have you?
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« Reply #17 on: January 01, 2013, 11:37:58 AM »

You haven't thought this through, have you?
I don't understand? What hypothesis can you come up with?
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« Reply #18 on: January 01, 2013, 11:44:16 AM »

I don't understand? What hypothesis can you come up with?


i think he means you answered your own question.

anyroad, nasa has already predicted huge solar flares for 2013. should give the end of the world cultist something to bang on about for the next fucking 12 months

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tomchivers/100008500/nasas-2013-solar-flare-warning-how-much-do-we-need-to-worry/
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« Reply #19 on: January 01, 2013, 11:47:03 AM »

I don't understand? What hypothesis can you come up with?

Disease just to start.
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« Reply #20 on: January 01, 2013, 11:49:31 AM »

What does that matter? Unless the earth is obliterated, people will survive. We aren't far off from living on other planets.  We can already survive on space stations.
please, all there needs to be is an incurable disease, that can wipe us out. Or widespread war, famine.
Or the poles melt, and the ocean levels rise, flooding costal cities---where most of humankind exists.
All types of earth changes can happen, and we can do nothing. It's been said that man has risen from the ashes before.
And let's not think "technology" can save us---without electricity to run them, and infrastructure to carry, create and disperse electricity and other goods, we are as good as gone. And combine that with the widespread drug addiction, you have total chaos.

I pick roaches over humans to survive anything.
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« Reply #21 on: January 01, 2013, 11:50:01 AM »

The logical fear, is that through gene modification we simply are enhanced until were no longer human.

This might seem like some wacky science fiction, but all you have to do is look at the nfl/mlb, these people are all modified humans, just not at the genetic level ....YET!!!
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« Reply #22 on: January 01, 2013, 11:50:46 AM »

please, all there needs to be is an incurable disease, that can wipe us out. Or widespread war, famine.
Or the poles melt, and the ocean levels rise, flooding costal cities---where most of humankind exists.
All types of earth changes can happen, and we can do nothing. It's been said that man has risen from the ashes before.
And let's not think "technology" can save us---without electricity to run them, and infrastructure to carry, create and disperse electricity and other goods, we are as good as gone. And combine that with the widespread drug addiction, you have total chaos.

I pick roaches over humans to survive anything.
Correct.
We adapt the surrounding environment to service us...
Roaches adapt to their environment.

Big difference.
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« Reply #23 on: January 01, 2013, 11:51:02 AM »

Disease just to start.
Disease would never kill 100% of the population. The various plagues would like a word with you.
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« Reply #24 on: January 01, 2013, 11:52:03 AM »

I think it will depend on if we can start populating other planets before we turn this one becomes inhabitable at a pace that evolution can't keep up with.
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