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What Will Be Living on Earth 5000 Years From Now?


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#1 of 25 OFFLINE   Scott Strang

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Posted July 17 2009 - 12:07 PM

 What do you think?

How about 3000 years from now?   How about 10000 years from now?


#2 of 25 OFFLINE   drobbins

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Posted July 17 2009 - 12:30 PM

Just watch the "History Channel" /img/vbsmilies/htf/rolleyes.gif /img/vbsmilies/htf/biggrin.gif


#3 of 25 OFFLINE   CRyan

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Posted July 17 2009 - 04:58 PM

Barring a major event, I would say humans. We are now at the point of preventing our own evolution so I would say people exactly like us walking around.  Unless of course we decide to change some things about ourselves and add an extra finger or something. :)

#4 of 25 OFFLINE   mattCR

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Posted July 17 2009 - 05:16 PM

I'd agree.  Remember, Dinos had hundreds of millions of years, meanwhile Humanity has only a drop in the bucket so far ;)  In 5000 years, barring something crazy, I expect people.. though society itself may be changed.

Unless, of course, we've just awakened the blob-monster  

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#5 of 25 OFFLINE   Richard Travale

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Posted July 18 2009 - 05:27 AM

lol Matt...we all know that's actually Armus, the skin of evil rejected by civilizations past.
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#6 of 25 OFFLINE   MarkHastings

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Posted July 18 2009 - 06:09 AM

I can definitely imagine humans still being here...of course, there will definitely be some slight evolutionary changes due to climate fluctuations and such.


#7 of 25 OFFLINE   ThomasC

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Posted July 18 2009 - 06:50 AM

Even if the worst were to happen due to global warming, humans would still be around. There just won't be as many of us.


#8 of 25 OFFLINE   Steve_Tk

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Posted July 18 2009 - 10:17 AM

Roaches, crab grass, and rats.



#9 of 25 OFFLINE   Don Solosan

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Posted July 18 2009 - 11:56 AM

 "We are now at the point of preventing our own evolution so I would say people exactly like us walking around."

I'm curious.  Exactly how are we "preventing" our own evolution?


#10 of 25 OFFLINE   Dennis Nicholls

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Posted July 19 2009 - 03:24 AM

We aren't "preventing" our own evolution so much as tinkering with it.  We keep alive the "weaker" people through advanced medicine and  social welfare programs.  Without such programs the weaker would die off without breeding as they do in the animal kingdom.


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#11 of 25 OFFLINE   RobertR

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Posted July 19 2009 - 04:55 AM

I must say I can't stand the programs that talk about how things will be After We're Gone.  I'd rather not engage in talk about the death of the human race, thank you.


#12 of 25 OFFLINE   Don Solosan

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Posted July 19 2009 - 06:04 AM

 Robert, does that mean you're not doing anything to prevent it?  Every little bit helps, you know...

Dennis, you've perhaps opened up the biggest can of worms of all.  Talking about limiting the human population is one huge taboo, but this...  Is humanity more susceptible to pandemic or dieoff because of this?


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Posted July 19 2009 - 06:05 AM



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I'm curious.  Exactly how are we "preventing" our own evolution?
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#14 of 25 OFFLINE   Scott Strang

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Posted July 19 2009 - 06:40 AM


Quote:
 I must say I can't stand the programs that talk about how things will be After We're Gone.  I'd rather not engage in talk about the death of the human race, thank you
You know I grow tired of some moron somewhere talking about how much better the Earth would be without humans.   And since Life After People is a TV show made by likely people of the ilk that make other TV shows I fully expected the show to be very anti-human.   But from what I have so far on the show it appears to be implying that overall the lack of humans has actually caused harm.

#15 of 25 OFFLINE   Brian Perry

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Posted July 19 2009 - 07:40 AM



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We aren't "preventing" our own evolution so much as tinkering with it.  We keep alive the "weaker" people through advanced medicine and  social welfare programs.  Without such programs the weaker would die off without breeding as they do in the animal kingdom.



Yes, even things we take for granted such as eyeglasses are probably delaying or even nullifying evolution of human eyesight...though one could argue that medical advancements are taking human eyesight further, faster than evolution would have.

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#16 of 25 OFFLINE   Dennis Nicholls

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Posted July 19 2009 - 08:37 AM

Just think of the positive eugenic benefit of repealing most of our safety laws. 
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Posted July 19 2009 - 10:00 AM



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You know I grow tired of some moron somewhere talking about how much better the Earth would be without humans.   And since Life After People is a TV show made by likely people of the ilk that make other TV shows I fully expected the show to be very anti-human.   But from what I have so far on the show it appears to be implying that overall the lack of humans has actually caused harm.
From what I've seen of those programs, they typically have talking heads describe in glowing terms how wonderful it would be for human artifacts to "go back to nature".  The hell with that.  I want civilization to continue, which I hope answers Don's question.


#18 of 25 OFFLINE   Steve_Tk

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Posted July 20 2009 - 02:30 AM

Looking at our history, and where we are today, I don't see how anyone could argue that humans will still be here in 5000 years without a drastic change for the better over the next 1000 years.  Either destruction of ourselves, or over population and lack of natural resources, which would lead to destruction of ourselves. 

Like I said, rats, roaches and crab grass.  In 10 billion years the earth will be dominated by Trex sized rats and roaches, I think I just thought of a new movie, Michael Bay could direct it and McG could produce it.

This seems to already be fast tracked towards this, so IBTL

#19 of 25 OFFLINE   Don Solosan

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Posted July 20 2009 - 03:21 AM

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I think the people who administer the Darwin Awards might disagree!



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Posted July 27 2009 - 11:21 PM

The Earth's poles are almost ready to invert again. It'll be interesting to see what survives while the Earth's magnetic field is temporarily turned off.