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On May 23, 2015, Destiny wrote:
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I don't understand how science, in and of itself, can lead to the end of human civilization.......

Can anyone explain?

Kam


I suspect they refer to the use of science - like medicine will not, in and of itself, cure anything - you have to use it.



......so, like the "unethical" use of science??

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On May 23, 2015, Destiny wrote:
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On May 23, 2015, kambiz wrote:
I don't understand how science, in and of itself, can lead to the end of human civilization.......

Can anyone explain?

Kam


I suspect they refer to the use of science - like medicine will not, in and of itself, cure anything - you have to use it.



......so, like the "unethical" use of science??

Kam


Well it would depend on the point of view.

You and I would see it as unethical.

The person or persons ending civilisation would probably look at it differently, but the 'use of science', no doubt.
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On May 23, 2015, Destiny wrote:
I have to go with 'wouldn't have a clue'.


Me too.
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On May 23, 2015, kambiz wrote:
I don't understand how science, in and of itself, can lead to the end of human civilization.......

Can anyone explain?

Kam


I can imagine multiple ways that have played out in science fiction.

To name just a few:

The accidental development of a killer virus.
The creation of artificial intelligence that decides to destroy mankind.
The creation of a bomb that can destroy the world and the accidental detonation of it.

And of course, the one everyone believes in unless they are science deniers, the destruction of the earth through AGW! Gasp! (It makes me wonder why Magnus claimed he didn't have a clue!)
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On May 22, 2015, Starrpower wrote:
Civilization won't end, it will change, adapt. It always has and always will. 50 years from now we will look back and laugh at the dunderheads who are screaming "The sky is falling! Global warming!" When I was a kid they were warning of another ice age. A rogue asteroid. God's wrath. The moon will crash into the Earth. Sunspots. A terrible flood. Locust.

I'm gonna have a cocktail and enjoy a hearty guffaw.


And when you wake up with a hangover you might consider enrolling in a science class.
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See me in 50 years, smart guy. In the meantime, while you're wringing your hands and muttering "Woe is me!" I'm gonna enjoy myself.
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On May 23, 2015, rockwall wrote:
... (It makes me wonder why Magnus claimed he didn't have a clue!)


My apologies to Magnus, I mixed up his quote with Destiny's.
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... (It makes me wonder why Magnus claimed he didn't have a clue!)


My apologies to Magnus, I mixed up his quote with Destiny's.


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Thank goodness! I was worried it was just me.
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... (It makes me wonder why Magnus claimed he didn't have a clue!)


My apologies to Magnus, I mixed up his quote with Destiny's.


People often confuse us for one another.


It'll stop happening once I get my ears pinned back.
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I vote for over population as beening the root cause of the end of civilization.
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None of yous now how 2 reed the bibul.

What will happen is the dude will be all like: So I want to do that thing!
So The dude will.

All the good people will get sucked into heaven, their souls I mean, their bodies will remain here. This will be where the zombies come from.

I have spoken!
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I say a comet wiping 99% percent of human beings out.

The world won't end but we will.
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Here they are - the Big 5 Mass Extinction events in Earth's history:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/extinction_events

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I don't think that humanity is likely to destroy itself over the next century, but I think that the most likely scenario for that to happen is through AI risk in its various permutations. So I guess that puts me in the "science" camp.
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On May 23, 2015, rockwall wrote:
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And of course, the one everyone believes in unless they are science deniers, the destruction of the earth through AGW! Gasp! (It makes me wonder why Magnus claimed he didn't have a clue!)


Ahem.

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Science, industry, greed and weak governance.
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
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Well, I did already apologize.

But, also, I'm not sure that "Science, industry, greed and weak governance" 'implicity' refers to AGW. But thank you for pointing out that's what you intended.
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A comet is a pretty reasonable guess since it apparently happened once before. Apparently the good Lord said there would not be another flood so me may end it all with fire, locust, or fissures in the Earth's crust swallowing us all up.
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On May 25, 2015, rockwall wrote:
Well, I did already apologize.

But, also, I'm not sure that "Science, industry, greed and weak governance" 'implicity' refers to AGW. But thank you for pointing out that's what you intended.


AGW is one of a multitude of problems. Garbage, air and water pollution, squandering of resources. They're all piling up on us. And we have the inevitable biological and nuclear "accidents" that will undoubtedly occur.

AGW on its own is likely insufficient to end civilization as we know it. But we cannot continue to foul our nest as we are currently doing.
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I try to avoid discussions of anthropogenic global warming because both sides often seem impervious to serious argument. (That generalization is not directed to anyone here, however.). I'll just observe that iny experience, most people who impute scientific ignorance to those who question climate catastrophism prove themselves to be extremely ignorant of climate science.
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