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PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2015 1:37 pm 
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I don't have children and don't plan on having any.

I once heard someone to say that not to have children is to not believe in the future of mankind - this made me think, and then I tended to agree, I don't.

Would you go to the extreme of extinction? To leave the earth to it's own devices?


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Another way of looking at it is that you have no confidence in your genetic participation of the species. If one believes their genes will not give the species any benefit in survival they might not reproduce. Of course, there are many other reasons as well, but this is a counterpoint to the one you have now.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 29, 2015 12:20 pm 
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I can see this view, but I'm not sure that is where I am coming from.

I am not apathetic about the present - I support animal groups, I rehome rescue dogs, I try to tread as lightly as I can on the earth, .. but I cannot build up much passion about the future. I think the earth will only return to it's natural order when people have gone. I suppose my passion lies with the earth without people 8-[


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2015 2:37 pm 
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It is most unfortunate that the trajectory is toward a mass extinction 'event', with the strong possibility of not even a 30 million year recovery. Fossil fuel use>overpopulation>pollution>Global Terminal Extinction. :-({|=

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The earth would probably be just fine without mankind. But eventually, something just as illtelligent and destructive would evolve, so there's really no point. Also, all of our domesticated animals would promptly go extinct, except domesticated goats. I think goats could assimilate readily back to being wild - most of them are boogers. Unless there's a God, in which case a planet without man is not possible, because God said so.

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Another way of looking at it is that you have no confidence in your genetic participation of the species. If one believes their genes will not give the species any benefit in survival they might not reproduce. Of course, there are many other reasons as well, but this is a counterpoint to the one you have now.


Unfortunately, it's usually the people who shouldn't reproduce who do. :-


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HeritageFarm wrote:
The earth would probably be just fine without mankind. But eventually, something just as illtelligent and destructive would evolve, so there's really no point. Also, all of our domesticated animals would promptly go extinct, except domesticated goats. I think goats could assimilate readily back to being wild - most of them are boogers. Unless there's a God, in which case a planet without man is not possible, because God said so.

Wayne Stollings wrote:
Another way of looking at it is that you have no confidence in your genetic participation of the species. If one believes their genes will not give the species any benefit in survival they might not reproduce. Of course, there are many other reasons as well, but this is a counterpoint to the one you have now.


Unfortunately, it's usually the people who shouldn't reproduce who do. :-


There is research that essentially shows that the people who suck at something don't know they suck at ti because the thing that would allow them to know is the same thing that would make them good at it. Thus, they can actually be too stupid to know they are stupid ...... but others know.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvVPdyYeaQU

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2015 12:00 am 
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Ha. That makes sense. In order to be good at solving logarithms, I have to know some other stuff. And if I suck at logarithms, then I'd have to know something that let me know I was bad at it. Actually, that's not a good example because it's really easy to tell if you suck at logarithms or not - you check your answers. It's the people who think they're as smart as a college person, or a college person who thinks they're smart just because they went to college, where it gets fuzzy. So I'm guessing.


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Someone once said if a problem is manmade; then it can be solved by man as well.


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Iowanic wrote:
Someone once said if a problem is manmade; then it can be solved by man as well.


All he needs to do is to recognize there is a problem and have the will to solve it.

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