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    Are we convergent?

    Do you feel lucky, kid. WELL, DO YA?
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeJul 2nd 2015 edited
     
    NATMOT (Not at this moment of time)

    A similar post. reposted from the life thread.

    Po

    'Map of life' predicts ET. (So where is he?)

    http://phys.org/news/2015-07-life.html
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    http://aeon.co/magazine/philosophy/ross-andersen-human-extinction/

    "...you first have to grasp the full scope of human potential, the enormity of the spatiotemporal canvas our species has to work with. You have to understand what Henry David Thoreau meant when he wrote, in Walden (1854), ‘These may be but the spring months in the life of the race.’ You have to step into deep time and look hard at the horizon, where you can glimpse human futures that extend for trillions of years."
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    • CommentTimeJul 2nd 2015
     
    From above.

    we have proved especially adept at the weaponisation of microbes. In antiquity, we sent plagues into cities by catapulting corpses over fortified walls. Now we have more cunning Trojan horses. We have even stashed smallpox in blankets, disguising disease as a gift of good will. Still, these are crude techniques, primitive attempts to loose lethal organisms on our fellow man. In 1993, the death cult that gassed Tokyo’s subways flew to the African rainforest in order to acquire the Ebola virus, a tool it hoped to use to usher in Armageddon. In the future, even small, unsophisticated groups will be able to enhance pathogens, or invent them wholesale. Even something like corporate sabotage, could generate catastrophes that unfold in unpredictable ways. Imagine an Australian logging company sending synthetic bacteria into Brazil’s forests to gain an edge in the global timber market. The bacteria might mutate into a dominant strain, a strain that could ruin Earth’s entire soil ecology in a single stroke, forcing 7 billion humans to the oceans for food.
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    Posted By: Andrew Palfreymanhttp://aeon.co/magazine/philosophy/ross-andersen-human-extinction/

    "...you first have to grasp the full scope of human potential, the enormity of the spatiotemporal canvas our species has to work with. You have to understand what Henry David Thoreau meant when he wrote, in Walden (1854), ‘These may be but the spring months in the life of the race.’ You have to step into deep time and look hard at the horizon, where you can glimpse human futures that extend for trillions of years."


    That’s why Bostrom hopes the Curiosity rover fails. ‘Any discovery of life that didn’t originate on Earth makes it less likely the great filter is in our past, and more likely it’s in our future,’ he told me. If life is a cosmic fluke, then we’ve already beaten the odds, and our future is undetermined — the galaxy is there for the taking. If we discover that life arises everywhere, we lose a prime suspect in our hunt for the great filter. The more advanced life we find, the worse the implications. If Curiosity spots a vertebrate fossil embedded in Martian rock, it would mean that a Cambrian explosion occurred twice in the same solar system. It would give us reason to suspect that nature is very good at knitting atoms into complex animal life, but very bad at nurturing star-hopping civilisations. It would make it less likely that humans have already slipped through the trap whose jaws keep our skies lifeless. It would be an omen.

    Often academics generalise themselves into absurdity. For even if multicellular life did indeed emerge on Mars, the odds that it developed colonising space technology in time for a successful diaspora seem slim to none. If any semblance of species survival had occurred on Mars, my money is on a subsurface biome as an evolutionary imperative.
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    • CommentTimeJul 2nd 2015
     
    Martian life could have helped life start on earth as Mars cooled a lot quicker.
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    Are you using "as" as meaning "because" or "while"?
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    • CommentTimeJul 2nd 2015
     
    Because.
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    OK. Well, that's a popular theory and I can't say I have any particular problem with it.
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeJul 3rd 2015 edited
     
    So the Martian descendants could spread over our galaxy.

    Possibly.
    • CommentAuthorloreman
    • CommentTimeJul 3rd 2015
     
    I'd rather have the Jupiter ascendants thankyou.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeJul 3rd 2015
     
    Conversationally challenged Russian toilet-cleaners are uninteresting.
    • CommentAuthorloreman
    • CommentTimeJul 3rd 2015
     
    Posted By: AngusConversationally challenged Russian toilet-cleaners are uninteresting.


    But easier on the eye than decedent descendent Martians.
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    Posted By: AngusConversationally challenged Russian toilet-cleaners are uninteresting.
    At least, until they start talking
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeJul 3rd 2015
     
    Posted By: loreman
    Posted By: AngusConversationally challenged Russian toilet-cleaners are uninteresting.


    But easier on the eye than decedent descendent Martians.


    Some of the more decadent decedent descendent Martians were quite amazing to watch.
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      CommentAuthoralsetalokin
    • CommentTimeJul 3rd 2015 edited
     
    A Rose for Ecclesiastes

    Half a Process!
    • CommentAuthorloreman
    • CommentTimeJul 3rd 2015
     
    Presumably after they decamped (or were decanted), those decapods were the inspiration for the Decalogue.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeJul 3rd 2015
     
    Posted By: alsetalokinA Rose for Ecclesiastes

    Half a Process!


    Thanks! It's been years since I read that.
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    The title reminds me of Flowers for Algernon
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    • CommentTimeJul 4th 2015
     
    Po

    Researchers discover new mechanism of DNA repair.

    http://phys.org/news/2015-07-mechanism-dna.html