posted on Sep, 6 2013 @ 06:33 PM
Originally posted by puzzlesphere
reply to post by kmb08753
OK... so maybe purpose was the wrong word to use.
Maybe the question should have been:
"What’s the long term path of humanity?"
Given that if way stay solely on this planet we are either going to keep expanding and eventually use all the resources and reset society that way or
we have to find a way to maintain population levels in a sustainable way.
I was asking whether, as a species, we should cull ourselves to maintain a sustainable system or should we expand relentlessly regardless of the
Wrong scope then.
On a deeper level, like Zanti Misfit's video, biology needs a certain amount of resources to operate. Whether it is locomotion and mechanical
dexterity(animals, insects, birds, bacteria...) or slow growth and self generation(plants), you need a certain measurement of energy and matter to
exist. You can consume it literally and convert it to proteins and sugars. There are other biological models.
Specifically human civilization...
We will need to consider all humans as one group and harness all of earth's resources for all people. Depending on which report you read, that should
help support a much larger civilization. Maybe 8-10 trillion?
Beyond that, with the best minds of all of humanity, we can develop technologies like vertical farming structures, safe, improved, crops and
livestock, and safe energy infrastructures. We could probably squeeze out another 4 trillion worth of resources.
Past that we would need to expand beyond our planet. First into our solar system. Orbital platforms for humans. Big ones. We could populate a few
places, like mars and maybe a few moons. With years of terraforming they could be habitable. Mining the others will get us enough to build whatever we
Without taking the first step of recognizing all of humanity as one group, we will be plagued by a fractured, unstable and unsustainable approach.
War will take care of the culling. People will always fight for resources to power their civilization. Wait until the oil runs out. I am not sure i
will be alive to see it. Not sure i want to be.