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(Some Guy)   From the "putting things in perspective" files: Everyone that has ever lived in one infographic   (ourworldindata.org) divider line
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1477 clicks; posted to STEM » on 13 May 2022 at 5:10 PM (19 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2022-05-13 5:48:14 PM  
5 votes:
Dude the earth is exponentially overpopulated to the point that world wide manufacturing, mining and logistics cannot keep up so that's why you'll have to pay more money.

Rich billionaire kids need your kid's dollars spent on their instagram make-up kits and PC rigs.
 
2022-05-13 6:46:15 PM  
5 votes:
The "if" is doing a shiatton of heavy lifting there, especially in light of an ongoing, human caused catastrophe that so far we plan to fix with technology that doesn't exist (carbon capture). The author seems to remember we can go extinct but somehow can't see the most imminent issue - or rather, range of issues caused by human over exploitation of the natural systems we depend on for survival.

Anyone talking about avoiding extinction events for humanity without noticing the ongoing actual threat is either a fool or a charlatan. Pandemics, AI, and nuclear weapons are all things to be concerned about, but actual scientists keep saying we're gambling with our survival with fossil fuels. Somehow that doesn't make the radar. Hmmmm.
 
2022-05-13 6:57:24 PM  
3 votes:
I read a short story once where the premise was following humanity's development over the course of geological timeframes, but on the assumption that technological development peters out due to lack of resources. The last vignette took place something like 900 million years in the future, where the sun had expanded and left the surface of the Earth uninhabitable. At this point people, who are more or less physiologically unchanged, are still clinging on by living in caves underground. It stuck me as probably the most likely outcome for us.
 
2022-05-13 7:36:41 PM  
1 vote:
Babylon 5: Will all of this be for nothing?
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2022-05-13 8:50:07 PM  
1 vote:
If we manage to avoid a large catastrophe, we are living at the early beginnings of human history.

"LOL, no." -- Repuglicans and fellow fascists
 
2022-05-13 9:13:19 PM  
1 vote:
Article fails at basic math comprehension.  109 billion people in the last 200,000 years.  8 billion today.  So 7% of all the people who have every lived, just a few generations, are alive today.  Seems sustainable!
 
2022-05-13 9:30:51 PM  
1 vote:

adamatari: The "if" is doing a shiatton of heavy lifting there, especially in light of an ongoing, human caused catastrophe that so far we plan to fix with technology that doesn't exist (carbon capture). The author seems to remember we can go extinct but somehow can't see the most imminent issue - or rather, range of issues caused by human over exploitation of the natural systems we depend on for survival.

Anyone talking about avoiding extinction events for humanity without noticing the ongoing actual threat is either a fool or a charlatan. Pandemics, AI, and nuclear weapons are all things to be concerned about, but actual scientists keep saying we're gambling with our survival with fossil fuels. Somehow that doesn't make the radar. Hmmmm.


Probably because lack of fossil fuels will be more of an inconvenience that won't drive humans to extinction, and alternatives can and will be found.
 
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