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Is biological life doomed?

Discussion in 'Speaker's Corner' started by Narj, Mar 28, 2019.

  1. efish

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    5 possible 6 mass level extinction events, with extinction rates as high as 97% of the earths species.

    These events themselves are understood as occurring over millions of years which is a blink of an eye in terms of a geological time frame, which should suggest something in regard to modeling and prediction here.

    Some biologists suggest we are at the start of a new mass extinction event, which unlike the others is of human origin.

    That makes it less predictable as human agency and the ability to alter human behavior is a factor.

    Tendency to view these events from a human focused perspective. i.e. conflating the end of human existence with the eradication of all biological life.
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  2. SPG


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  3. Evangelion


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    No. Life, uh, finds a way.
  4. Nitefly

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    Errrrrr huh hurrrrrr, ah harrrr ha arrrrrrrr!!
  5. 4K8KW10


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    Biological life is not doomed.

    Humans don't give words to things which don't exist.
    There are different levels of heaven and hell:

    Sun - the ultimate hell
    Planet Venus, Earth's Mantle and volcanos - lesser hell
    Moons of the big Solar System planets - even lesser hell
    Planet Mars - between hell and heaven
    Planet Earth - hot deserts - between hell and heaven
    Planet Earth - Antarctica - frozen heaven
    Planet Earth - countries like Germany - weak heaven
    Planet Earth - coastal areas and sea resorts/tropical areas - heaven
  6. viathinair

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    ^ Yeah, I remember when I was on holiday in Germany, I thought to myself "if the weather was a bit warmer, and I had a bit more sauerkraut with my sausages, and if the woman serving beer was showing a bit more cleavage....I would be in true heaven".
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  8. IT Troll

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    So how will biological life escape:

    a) Our Sun turning into a red giant and vaporising the Earth?
    b) The heat death of the Universe?

    It is just a matter of time.

    Exist has many meanings. Things can exist as a idea, theory, or belief; this doesn't mean they actually exist in reality.
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  9. 4K8KW10


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    a) There will be new favourable conditions for life to thrive on the Moons Europa and Titan, and probably on Pluto.
    b) I am not aware of any heat death... That is just a theory... Move to another dimension with a parallel Universe?!
  10. IT Troll

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    Highly unlikely our biological bodies could survive either. If the cold didn't kill us the radiation would. Much easy just to become AI so that time, distance and environment are no longer a concern.