What will cause human's extinction?

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  1. Saint Valued Senior Member

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    What will most probably cause human's extinction?

    Extreme weather (global warming)

    Huge meteor hitting the Earth?

    Super virus killing men?
     
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  3. Dr_Toad It's green! Valued Senior Member

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    Humans.
     
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  5. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    Tru dat.
     
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  7. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    Probably starvation due to the large scale collapse of the Earth's ecosystem, due to human abuse.

    i.e. I think we will kill the Earth first, and humans will follow.
     
  8. Jeeves Valued Senior Member

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    But ants will survive.
    At the end-time, Jesus' prophecy will come true: the meek shall inherit the earth. And they're probably the only creature that can re-terraform it.
     
  9. kx000 Valued Senior Member

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    A giant mob of non-believers with no true understanding of what faith is for.
     
  10. billvon Valued Senior Member

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    Like ants!
     
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  11. Michael 345 Looking for Bali in Nov Valued Senior Member

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    Short for Me Kats

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  12. Jeeves Valued Senior Member

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    What are they?
     
  13. sculptor Valued Senior Member

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    Why do you think that extinction is inevitable?
     
  14. kx000 Valued Senior Member

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    The human race will never go fully extinct, if anything it's impermenant, you come and go.
     
  15. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

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    Despite the pessimists in the crowd, I don't think we're capable of destroying the earth. If we disappear, the wounds we have made will heal and the earth will go on.

    But I don't think we'll go away either. Our population may decrease dramatically. Our technology may disappear. But humans are survivors. We're warm-blooded cockroaches.

    If the dinosaurs are any indication, we may just become smaller and learn to fly.
     
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  17. Jeeves Valued Senior Member

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    Oh. I know merekats. Used to follow their reality show.
    They're not all that meek, but they are clever, omnivorous and dexterous. Those are the prerequisites of mammalian survival under drastically changing conditions. A high turnover of generations is helpful to genetic adaptation, as well, and so is sociability, which allows hard-earned knowledge to be passed down. If any animals do make do it through the Anthropocene, they'll be rodents. My top candidate is sewer rats (high tolerance for toxins) but I would much prefer meerkats or raccoons as the dominant species.
     
  18. Michael 345 Looking for Bali in Nov Valued Senior Member

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    As seen on TV program QI they school and teach their young

    Also the females are not particularly faithful

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  19. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

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    That's a good way to keep the gene pool fresh.
     
  20. Gawdzilla Sama Valued Senior Member

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    Mammals were the size of rodents back when the dinos rocked the scene.
     
  21. Jeeves Valued Senior Member

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    nothing's workin today! Too bad, the capybara was really charming. Ignore.

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  22. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    Perhaps I should qualify:
    1] I don't think our destruction is inevitable; I simply took the premise of the question as a given, and went with it.
    2] I meant destroy the Earth as we know it. i.e. collapse of ecosystems and food chains. I don't doubt that there will be plenty of life - including humans - left over, just a pale shadow of what we see today, until a new era of diversity dawns.
     
  23. Jeeves Valued Senior Member

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    Yeah, that'll work. Your basic, end-of-the-age cataclysm.
     

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