View Poll Results: How much longer for the human species?

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  • Never. We will eventually send our species to reproduce to other habital planets.

    125 32.30%
  • At least a billion years

    14 3.62%
  • millions of years

    61 15.76%
  • 1000 years give or take

    63 16.28%
  • Several hundred years

    47 12.14%
  • less than a 100 years

    18 4.65%
  • in a few decades

    16 4.13%
  • December, 21 2012

    43 11.11%
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  1. #21
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigfootbigd View Post
    We've never experienced a super volcano and looking back in history, when a super volcano did erupt, the types of species like us all went extinct.
    Dude, there never was a species like us before on this planet.. Also, while a Yellowstone eruption would really suck for anyone near it (aka ALL Americans) the long-term effects on the entire world would be minimal. Yeah, it'll affect everyone somehow, certainly global economy but it won't kill us as a species.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigfootbigd View Post
    We've never experienced a super volcano and looking back in history, when a super volcano did erupt, the types of species like us all went extinct.
    There has never been a species "like us" ever, on Earth or any where else as far as we know.
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    I don't see mankind going out to other stars because I don't see a "need" ever arising with enough warning to let us escape if it was an option. I see all sorts of social and moral changes occurring that makes our lives on earth sustainable. Mandatory euthanasia, pregnancy permits, even solyent green. Maybe we'll settle Mars someday, though even that is a stretch. There is just too much effort involved to make it worthwhile.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JabJack View Post
    humanity will not die out, a vasts majority will guaranteed. I don't think humans are ready to move from this planet anytime soon ( meaning next couple thousands years). Yes we have made underrepresented achievements in the past 50 years, but humanity as a whole is just way to ignorant at this point in time. A major event in the evolution of the human species will divide the weak from the strong. Sound familiar ? just how I see things
    Mankind has always been ignorant, and I believe we'll always be ignorant, even in millions of years.

    Anyway, as long as we get off this planet for real I think we'll be pretty much unstoppable until the end of time, but if we stay on this planet I don't think we'll survive for more than 10000 years.

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    Unpredictable really.

    The way I could see the human race becoming extinct was if there was a planetary extinction event and we haven't gotten off of the world yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slime View Post
    I read somewhere recently the mayans got the date wrong - it's like 150 years after December 21st, 2012. Our transition into Aquarious I mean.
    The only time humans ever transitioned into Aquarius (LM-7) was during Apollo 13. No Mayans were involved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sayl View Post
    The only time humans ever transitioned into Aquarius (LM-7) was during Apollo 13. No Mayans were involved.
    I thought the whole Mayan thing had actually occurred years ago because they didn't count leap years or something like that.
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    Well humans right now have underground complexes which can substain a 100+ people for a few years so even if there was a natural disaster it would need to wipe out the whole planet to make the human race extinct.

    Humans are very resourceful species and have already survived 2 mass extinction events.

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    Unless a major cosmic event happens to our planet in the next 100 or so years, I'd say never. (well eventually the universe will die out and who knows what happens then)

    Humanity is very adaptable. There has never been a species like us before on this planet so looking back at what has happened to other species is pointless, we're way more advanced than any other lifeform has ever been here.

    Once we get off this rock I don't really see anything able to completely exterminate us. Sure, in time we'll evolve into something that's not "homo sapiens" anymore but we'll still be here, albeit slightly different.

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    Extinct, unsure. Big drop in population I say ~5000 years. Our resources will not last forever, and when they run out this world will be a very ugly place to live in many many aspects.

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    Never gonna happen. We are becoming more resilient than cockroaches.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SirRobin View Post
    I thought the whole Mayan thing had actually occurred years ago because they didn't count leap years or something like that.
    That's incorrect also.

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    Before we've completely destroyed this planet I hope, the sooner the better.
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  14. #34
    I don't think we will evolve, we're almost not affected by natural selection, and non desirable genes stay in the gene pool...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sayl View Post
    Cool, did not know that, thanks.
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    A couple hundreds years I guess (or however long it takes before the WW3 with nuclear weaponry).
    Not sure about going completely extinct, but they will drop population significantly and probably roll back to more primitive technology.
    And the cycle may repeat, until the Earth will become not habitable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigfootbigd View Post
    We've never experienced a super volcano and looking back in history, when a super volcano did erupt, the types of species like us all went extinct.
    Actually, 'we' (as a species) have. Well; arguably. One could say that a super-volcano helped shape our species.
    Wasn't there one just before the start of this Ice Age?

    Actually, come to think about it: If the polar ice vanishes, humans might die off as well. We've never had a time without polar ice. We're an ice age species prone to overheating...

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    We will surely die at some point when the cycle of the universe is complete and we get a new big bang.


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    Quote Originally Posted by chosenkiwi View Post
    Extinct, unsure. Big drop in population I say ~5000 years. Our resources will not last forever, and when they run out this world will be a very ugly place to live in many many aspects.
    Oh I imagine civilization could end up in a very ugly place. Something that could make even 1984 look positively perky in comparison.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Syld View Post
    I don't think we will evolve, we're almost not affected by natural selection, and non desirable genes stay in the gene pool...
    Evolution is inevitable. Through every cycle of reproduction, subtle changes are made to each species. Ours is no different.

    Once we have evolved enough, technically Homo Sapien will be extinct.
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