What will finish off humanity?

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What do you think will ultimately do us in?

Decline in resources
22
25%
Climate change
14
16%
Nuclear war
9
10%
Insufficient birth rate
0
No votes
Meteor impact
7
8%
Death of the sun
5
6%
Heat death of the universe
12
14%
Humanity will exist for eternity
7
8%
Other
11
13%
 
Total votes: 87

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What will finish off humanity?

Postby setzer777 » Mon Dec 03, 2012 7:20 pm UTC

Obviously this not a comprehensive poll, but please choose whatever best matches your opinion (you can select up to two).

I think it's interesting that whenever people discuss sustainability and the survival of the species, there is rarely the acknowledgment that it's ultimately a temporary thing and that we *will* go extinct someday.

Edit: I suppose I forgot to include one very popular choice: supernatural apocalypse. That will just have to fall under "other".
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Re: What will finish off humanity?

Postby Radical_Initiator » Mon Dec 03, 2012 7:24 pm UTC

I always find that point to be interesting as well. The survival rate of absolutely everything (on a sufficiently long time scale) approaches zero, it seems. Makes me rethink the things that often get discarded as petty or ephemeral, as everything is ephemeral on some level. Enjoy the small things.
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Re: What will finish off humanity?

Postby Shivahn » Mon Dec 03, 2012 7:37 pm UTC

Radical_Initiator wrote:I always find that point to be interesting as well. The survival rate of absolutely everything (on a sufficiently long time scale) approaches zero, it seems. Makes me rethink the things that often get discarded as petty or ephemeral, as everything is ephemeral on some level. Enjoy the small things.


Not exactly.

The LUCA seems to have actually done pretty well in terms of billions of years of progeny.

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Re: What will finish off humanity?

Postby Radical_Initiator » Mon Dec 03, 2012 7:39 pm UTC

Shivahn wrote:
Radical_Initiator wrote:I always find that point to be interesting as well. The survival rate of absolutely everything (on a sufficiently long time scale) approaches zero, it seems. Makes me rethink the things that often get discarded as petty or ephemeral, as everything is ephemeral on some level. Enjoy the small things.


Not exactly.

The LUCA seems to have actually done pretty well in terms of billions of years of progeny.

Not sure I understand.
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Re: What will finish off humanity?

Postby Magnanimous » Mon Dec 03, 2012 7:47 pm UTC

Supernatural apocalypse. It's only a matter of time before the remaining seals holding back Lucifer are broken.

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Re: What will finish off humanity?

Postby setzer777 » Mon Dec 03, 2012 8:02 pm UTC

Magnanimous wrote:Supernatural apocalypse. It's only a matter of time before the remaining seals holding back Lucifer are broken.


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Re: What will finish off humanity?

Postby RollingHead » Mon Dec 03, 2012 8:07 pm UTC

If the subject in question is the human species, I'd say diminished resources or climate change, insufficient birth rate would probably be a consequence of the first.

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Re: What will finish off humanity?

Postby Adam H » Mon Dec 03, 2012 8:07 pm UTC

My "other" vote is for a biological pandemic.
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Re: What will finish off humanity?

Postby Radical_Initiator » Mon Dec 03, 2012 8:09 pm UTC

I would prefer to vote for "Other" being Timothy Dalton leading the resurgent Time Lords to eradicate existence. But that's my preferred way to go out. YMMV.
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Re: What will finish off humanity?

Postby philsov » Mon Dec 03, 2012 8:27 pm UTC

The time and seasons go on, but all the rhymes and reasons are wrong
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Re: What will finish off humanity?

Postby dudiobugtron » Mon Dec 03, 2012 8:36 pm UTC

Radical_Initiator wrote:I would prefer to vote for "Other" being Timothy Dalton leading the resurgent Time Lords to eradicate existence. But that's my preferred way to go out. YMMV.

Yeah, I was surprised that 'alien intervention' wasn't one of the options.
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Re: What will finish off humanity?

Postby KrytenKoro » Mon Dec 03, 2012 11:35 pm UTC

I think we've got the goods to pop open a new universe when this one reaches its expiration date. Only thing I see finishing off humanity is if you count the species's eventual evolution to a point past which there's no desire to go.
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Re: What will finish off humanity?

Postby Vieto » Tue Dec 04, 2012 12:09 am UTC

I say humanity as we know it will end when we either genetically modify ourselves sufficiently past being humans (homo superior), or if the singularity occurs and we become machines.

As for the death of humanity, my vote still goes to a robot uprising.

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Re: What will finish off humanity?

Postby Shivahn » Tue Dec 04, 2012 12:47 am UTC

Radical_Initiator wrote:
Shivahn wrote:
Radical_Initiator wrote:I always find that point to be interesting as well. The survival rate of absolutely everything (on a sufficiently long time scale) approaches zero, it seems. Makes me rethink the things that often get discarded as petty or ephemeral, as everything is ephemeral on some level. Enjoy the small things.


Not exactly.

The LUCA seems to have actually done pretty well in terms of billions of years of progeny.

Not sure I understand.


I was talking about the survival rate of everything approaching zero. It was sort of a bad joke. The LUCA's progeny includes everything, and it was billions of years ago, so if one were inclined to make statistical errors, one could argue it has a great survival rate.

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Re: What will finish off humanity?

Postby Jorpho » Tue Dec 04, 2012 6:30 am UTC

I knew this looked familiar.

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Re: What will finish off humanity?

Postby setzer777 » Tue Dec 04, 2012 6:37 am UTC

Adam H wrote:My "other" vote is for a biological pandemic.


Wow, I can't believe I forgot to include that as an option!
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Re: What will finish off humanity?

Postby Drowsy Turtle » Tue Dec 04, 2012 12:59 pm UTC

I wanted to say "stupidity".
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Re: What will finish off humanity?

Postby philsov » Tue Dec 04, 2012 3:46 pm UTC

Jorpho wrote:
I knew this looked familiar.


Eh, the difference is subtle. I do think that lack of resources will be the cause for massive humanity die off, but I don't think that resources will ever become so scarce that we become extinct, at least through consumption and pollution. Unless climate change is so devastating that it kills off all plant life and destroys the food chain, I don't see it as the likely candidate. A large enough nuclear war will trigger a devasting winter, as will a meteor impact, so that humanity would be outright hosed. Which is technically a lack of resources, but it's different than overfarmed soil and no fresh water. And I'm guessing either meteor/nuclear is more likely than the death of the sun or universe.
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Re: What will finish off humanity?

Postby Bloopy » Wed Dec 05, 2012 11:28 pm UTC

Death of the universe. I think we are creative enough to deal with the other challenges, but I wouldn't bet on us outliving the universe.

Maybe we could be finished off multiple times - reduced to just frozen sperm and eggs, and then brought back to life by robots or another species.

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Re: What will finish off humanity?

Postby dudiobugtron » Thu Dec 06, 2012 12:48 am UTC

Bloopy wrote:Death of the universe. I think we are creative enough to deal with the other challenges.

Are we creative enough to deal with a foe who is also really creative though? Like, say, humans?
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