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But we are not doomed to cause a sixth mass extinction, at least not yet, despite consuming our way through the world's remaining big wild animals. Based on an estimate published in Nature in 2011, we have a century or two at present rates before our depredations assure a mass extinction. Unlike an asteroid, we could choose to change course.
Fact or Fiction?: The Sixth Mass Extinction Can Be Stopped
to change or develop gradually
Our examination of existing data in these contexts raises two important points. First, the recent loss of species
is dramatic and serious but does not yet qualify as a mass extinction in the palaeontological sense of the Big
Five. In historic times we have actually lost only a few per cent of assessed species (though we have no way of
knowing how many species we have lost that had never been described). It is encouraging that there is still
much of the world’s biodiversity left to save, but daunting that doing so will require the reversal of many dire and
originally posted by: SLAYER69
I'm not seeing the dots you're trying to connect with Religion here in this context.
I seriously doubt T-rex died due to Religious differences/strife with Stegosaurus.
As long as faith (i.e. believing in whatever you want) is the foundation of most people's lives, I don't see any hope concerning the question at hand.
"Faith is a device of self-delusion, a sleight of hand done with words and emotions founded on any irrational notion that can be dreamed up. Faith is the attempt to coerce truth to surrender to whim. In simple terms, it is trying to breathe life into a lie by trying to out shine reality with the beauty of wishes. Faith is the refuge of fools, the ignorant, and the deluded, not of thinking, rational men." - Terry Goodkind
originally posted by: SLAYER69
a reply to: Profusion
" As long as faith (i.e. believing in whatever you want) is the foundation of most people's lives, I don't see any hope concerning the question at hand. "
I think 'Faith' may have saved mankind many times in the past.
Maybe not Faith in a deity but in man himself.
The possible Toba Eruption theory reduced mankind down to roughly a few thousand. Humanity was bottle-necked to a much smaller gene pool. IMHO, if it weren't for faith in a future and basic survival skills we would have gone the way of the Dino.
Faith, has saved mankind countless times.
One of the most scientifically rigorous studies yet, published earlier this month, found that the prayers of a distant congregation did not reduce the major complications or death rate in patients hospitalized for heart treatments.
A review of 17 past studies of ''distant healing," published in 2003 by a British researcher, found no significant effect for prayer or other healing methods.
This thread is not meant to be about making predictions as to whether humanity will evolve* enough to survive what the article above describes, I want to get people's opinions on whether humanity has the capability to do it.
* I'm using the following definition of "evolve", it has nothing to do with the theory of evolution. In fact, we're going need to make this evolution of our own collective volition which I believe would be the opposite of the kind of evolving that the theory of evolution suggests.
It may not be up to us as to whether or not we survive. It may be up to mother nature, or the next big asteroid.
Faith and religion have nothing to do with that. We can only change what we can control.
originally posted by: nirvi
What makes us think that humanity's fate is in the hands of humanity in the first place ?
Thank... it's not.