How long would a person survive if he the last remaining human being on Earth?

Discussion in 'Human Science' started by Enoc, Dec 9, 2014.

  1. Xelasnave.1947 Valued Senior Member

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    Deprived of all this what? The net? This site? Whatever loss I may suffer my life goes on...there is always something to do ... I have just built another 3 string guitar maybe I will build a 4 string I have started sculpting that is satisfying.

    Maybe I will settle down and get married and start a new family.

    Why do you come here River?

    Alex
     
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  3. river Valued Senior Member

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    Alex , you have no contact with any Human at all , period . Take the time to grasp that .

    I come here for ideas ; new thinking and to stretch my mind ; and others mind .
     
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  5. Xelasnave.1947 Valued Senior Member

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    Little contact River.
    I chat with the check out girl when I go shopping that is contact.
    I don't see any problem.
    If I decide to go out to a pub I make new friends easily I am not shy and I don't find strangers threatening so it is not a case of staying in because I fear crowds.
    I just do not need it or seek it.
    Chatting here is OK because its not too deep or demanding.

    Alex
     
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  7. river Valued Senior Member

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    Alex

    You are completely and utterly alone . and always will be .

    Alex

    All your responses , posts , have you interacting with other Humans , not allowed .
     
  8. Xelasnave.1947 Valued Senior Member

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    Everyone is utterly alone that's why folk seek company.
    Who would dare forbid me.
    I am allowed to do anything I want within the law and my personal morality. Free of fashion, free of judgement and free of meeting others expectation.

    Alex
     
  9. river Valued Senior Member

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    Not on this thread though Alex . remember the OP.
     
  10. Xelasnave.1947 Valued Senior Member

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    OK briefy.... One would survive depending on availability of resources and ability to avoid life threatning disease and or injury. How one would cope with being alone would vary from individual to individual. Alex
     
  11. birch Valued Senior Member

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    Depending on individual nature, of course, because there are so many variables, i would guess that the younger you are, the harder it may be to be alone emotionally and mentally.

    The older you are, the more memories of complex relationships you have as well as life experience which formed your core. In other words, you are developmentally stronger or more self-reliant to cope because you've experienced much of it already; the good, bad and ugly to draw on and at least be more philosophical in outlook about your situation weighing the pros/cons. For instance, the awareness that most of society are selfish assholes or idiots would help a lot in that situation whereas a younger person may be more naive and can only see what they are missing.

    People who have survived solitary confinement are the ones who use their memories of interaction to cope by re-hashing them in their mind, in essence re-experiencing and reinforcing against isolation. It is also about playing a mental game with oneself. Of course a loner would probably cope better than someone who needed much interaction with others.

    A mental game would be perspective. An example would be is your home considered a cozy, safe and peaceful haven vs a boring and lonely confinement? If there is a percieved threat outside, it would tend to ilicit the former whereas if none, perhaps the latter more easily. The safe comfort zone is in reaction to stimuli which depending can be either/or. So focus, perspective and the exercise of mental game of pros/cons would have to be juggled to survive with mental/emotional well-being.

    Also, literacy and the ability to imagine would be a huge plus as humans have left a diverse cornucopia of knowledge that would last a lifetime and their experiences in print. The amazing thing about books is literally living and vicariously experiencing/connecting through them much like virtual reality. You could literally escape mentally/emotionally through books which draw you into that world, events, characters and relationships. Also, just keeping yourself busy/active to not dwell so much would be very important in that scenario.

    Mental flexibility, creativity and imagination would be hugely important to distract from loneliness as well as learning to enjoy day to day routine savoring every detail. One could keep a journal for posterity as if speaking to a future other with perhaps the idea that an alien one day may land on earth and find it etc.
     
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  12. river Valued Senior Member

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    Such BS.
     
  13. Xelasnave.1947 Valued Senior Member

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    That is rather un necessarily unkind River.
    Any view must be as good as any other given we can not study the last person alive.
    Alex
     
  14. river Valued Senior Member

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    Alex

    There are times when nonsense is nonsense . this is one of those times for me .
     
  15. Xelasnave.1947 Valued Senior Member

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    Things just are River.
    Stuff need not be good or bad however.....
    They become what we call them and you have done that.... but rather than be unkind perhaps in some situations it could be best to keep our opinion private.

    Alex
     
  16. river Valued Senior Member

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    Alex

    Even a trapper in our far north , while for the most part is alone , knows that civilization , contact with other Human beings is possible . no matter how brief this contact is .
     
  17. birch Valued Senior Member

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    You are naive. There are people who have existed who may not have been the last person on earth but the last person in a tribe or chose to live in isolation/hermit and they did not seek out contact, it was accidental discovery. And no, they also didnt own a cell phone or have access to internet to communicate to people or a walk or drive away from restaurants, shops and hospitals. So it follows that depending on who and what that last person's nature and mentality is will determine how well they cope. Can you compute that? Please explain how this is nonsense and most importantly, dont project, confuse or infuse how you would react or cope to figure it out. Lmao
     
  18. paddoboy Valued Senior Member

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    Deprived of all what? All the mod cons?
    When I was a kid in the fifties, we did not even have a phone let alone the Internet...we did not have a car until I was around 12 years old.
    The "Mars One" endeavour had a few hundred thousand applicants to chose from. If I was single, I reckon I would have been amongst them.
     
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  19. billvon Valued Senior Member

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    Made sense to me. Which part did you not understand?
     
  20. river Valued Senior Member

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    meaning ?
     
  21. paddoboy Valued Senior Member

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    Yep, me too. And it appears to everyone else.

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  22. Xelasnave.1947 Valued Senior Member

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    I met to comment earlier.
    I think you have nailed it.
    When younger I probably would have been confident but really if I had to go it alone I dont think I could back then that is being honest with myself.. whereas a combination of experience and cynicism would now equip me well.

    Alex
     
  23. billvon Valued Senior Member

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    Meaning her post was easy to understand. To summarize:

    The younger someone is, the harder they may find being alone. Older people have more memories to fall back on, and more coping skills developed during times they were alone. Plus, reading and viewing/listening to other media would give people a limited amount of social stimulation.
     
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