View Poll Results: In your opinion, which is the greatest threat to the planet/

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    Re: Greatest threat to this planet.

    Quote Originally Posted by sangha View Post
    Yes, the most important discoveries humans have made were hunter-gatherers (who spent far more than ten thousand years as h/g's)

    Glad you agree!!


    Discovery of Fire - When was Fire First Controlled

    You do realize that fire, flint tools, and all the rest of our earliest "inventions," weren't even discovered by homo sapiens, right? We basically inherited them from earlier hominid species.

    The controlled use of fire was likely an invention of our ancestor Homo erectus, during the Early Stone Age (or Lower Paleolithic). The earliest evidence for fire associated with humans comes from Oldowan hominid sites in the Lake Turkana region of Kenya. The site known as Koobi Fora (FxJj20, dated 1.6 million years ago) contained oxidized patches of earth to a depth of several centimeters, which some scholars interpret as evidence for fire control. At 1.4 million years of age, the Australopithecine site of Chesowanja in central Kenya also contained burned clay clasts, in small areas.
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    Re: Greatest threat to this planet.

    The greatest threat to the planet?

    The cancer that is growing upon it.

    That is multiplying and devouring all in it's wake.

    That ingests nature and excretes garbage.

    That cancer goes by the name Homo Hominis.

    Human Being.

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    Re: Greatest threat to this planet.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gathomas88 View Post


    Discovery of Fire - When was Fire First Controlled

    You do realize that fire, flint tools, and all the rest of our earliest "inventions," weren't even discovered by homo sapiens, right? We basically inherited them from earlier hominid species.
    IOW, the greatest discoveries aren't even credited to homo sapiens but to a species that went extinct!! There might be a lesson there.

    BTW, you do know what the word "likely" means, right?

    Also, don't you think there's something a bit contradictory about declaring that we have continuously progressed while complaining about how modern humans have rejected past behaviors?
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    Re: Greatest threat to this planet.

    The biggest threat to the life on this planet (including themselves) and the status quo: humans

    The biggest threat to the planet itself? The sun engulfing it. It would take an impacting object the size of a small planet itself to actually destroy the earth beyond repair.

    Humans have to exist for approximately 10,000 times longer (rough estimate) than they currently have to be around for the sun to gobble up the earth. If we somehow avoid extinction we will have evolved enough in ~2.8 billion years that we would bear no resemblance to what is considered at present to be "human"

    As far as the merging of Andromeda and the Milky Way that I saw another poster mention, that is not an issue, the stars are so far apart that the odds are astronomically stacked (pun intended) against another body ever getting close enough to exert gravitational influence on our solar system.

    The planet will go on existing a very very long time, life, and especially life as we know it is immensely more fragile however.
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    Re: Greatest threat to this planet.

    Quote Originally Posted by matchlight View Post
    Justice Thomas' opinions consistently contain precise, detailed constitutional analyses.
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    Re: Greatest threat to this planet.

    Quote Originally Posted by sangha View Post
    I liked your post since I was compelled to up chuck. This was my second option, since neither is chuck, nor is pun(t) (as in "out the window") available options.
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    Re: Greatest threat to this planet.

    Quote Originally Posted by marduc View Post
    I liked your post since I was compelled to up chuck. This was my second option, since neither is chuck, nor is pun(t) (as in "out the window") available options.
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    Re: Greatest threat to this planet.

    Ten pages, and no one has even mentioned the 12th. Imam and Jesus coming to save us. Sacrilege.
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    Re: Greatest threat to this planet.

    Quote Originally Posted by sangha View Post
    IOW, the greatest discoveries aren't even credited to homo sapiens but to a species that went extinct!! There might be a lesson there.
    Species which are extinct because they either went on to become modern humans, or were wiped out by them, yes.

    Also, don't you think there's something a bit contradictory about declaring that we have continuously progressed while complaining about how modern humans have rejected past behaviors?
    If the "past behaviors" being "rejected" happen to include those which have, historically, driven most of our forward progress as a species, not in the least.

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    Re: Greatest threat to this planet.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gathomas88 View Post
    Species which are extinct because they either went on to become modern humans, or were wiped out by them, yes.
    So even you admit that I'm right!



    If the "past behaviors" being "rejected" happen to include those which have, historically, driven most of our forward progress as a species, not in the least.
    You don't seem to understand what the word progress means. Whether you like or not, it's still progress
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