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(New Scientist)   Imagine Earth without people   ( newscientist.com) divider line
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2006-10-12 08:05:38 PM  
It doesn't take any belief in the supernatural, or the possession of a gigantic ego to state that human beings are the most complex arrangements of matter and energy ever observed in the the known universe. That counts for something.
 
2006-10-12 08:55:12 PM  
Fascinating article. Love these "what if" scenarios. I don't know why people are getting huffed up about it, he did seem to back his shiat up.

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Guess that movie had it right...
 
2006-10-13 02:47:57 AM  
 
2006-10-13 03:13:21 AM  
Of course, Earth without humans would also be lacking in a very unique species that is capable of lots of beautiful things that will never be reproduced by dogs or cows.

That being said, I think that the point of this article is that the Earth is a beautiful and diverse place, and that we, as a species, do much to upset the natural course of things. We should notice how we affect biodiversity and try to minimize those effects. I'd love to live on a planet with more trees and more animals and less pollutants; the more we can live in synergy with the natural ecosystems of Earth, instead of trying to dominate them, the better off we will all be in the long run.
 
2006-10-13 03:49:04 AM  
PattyMcG: I heard the last creation of humanity to erode away if we all suddenly disppeared would be...

... The Golden Gate Bridge? Nope.

... pit mines? Get real.

... Hoover Dam? Nuh-uh.

...

would be The Great Pyramids of Giza.


Not even close. The gold anodized plaque and recorded disk on the Voyager probe will outlast the Pyramids, and indeed the solar system itself, by billions of years. Long after the Sun goes nova (vaporizing the Earth and likely Mars as well, as its diameter roughly matches that of Mars's orbit, and perhaps approaches that of the asteroid belt), becomes a white dwarf, and cools to a black cinder, that plaque will still be hurtling through space. If eventually intercepted by some other sapient species (extremely unlikely), it'll be the only thing available to tell them that we once existed.
 
2006-10-13 05:53:04 AM  
 
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