I guess the real question would be, what do you think will cause the extinction of the human species or the death of a significantly large portion of it? Will it be infrastructure collapse due to our lack of preparation for a CME? How about societal upheaval in response to our dwindling natural resources like water? Unpreparedness for a large asteroid? Supervolcano? Global sea level rise due to climate change? Artificial superintelligence? Oh yea, nukes? Let me know what you think.
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But a lack of food/water would not/could not cause us to be extinct because we couldn't use it ALL up. What would happen is enough people would die to reach the threshold that the remaining food/water could sustain.
I'm going w/ major disaster
You guys are thinking too short term though. Humans in general are not equipped to produce their own food/water/shelter anymore. Without infrastructure, the remaining population will have to adapt or die. It's going to be harder than we think.
The remaining population will adapt because we will die out until the threshold 4 sustainability is met. No way the entire population can go extinct from a lack of food because food & water will always exist, just maybe not enough 2 feed 7 billio
I agree. Though most everyone will die off, there will likely be a surviving niche. They will definitely not be enjoying life as we know it.
Right. Look @ California. N the WSJ, they said n 2011 only 57,648 were n drought conditions. Now it is 37 million. That is a big change, but slow enough that they will begin 2 move off b4 they suffer too much.
@Chef: Exceptional. I looked around for that hub but was unable to find it anywhere. Do you have the link? I would love to give it a read.
Right, death by Red Giant, but you can't honestly believe humans will make it to see that. What do you think the demise of our species will be?
We'll probably relocate just like we did before when Mars started to die. :)
Odds are we'll discover a Star Gate which allows us to travel to other planets in the next one to two thousand years.
Darn! That is right. Why didn't I think of that.
Can't Jesus just make everyone be good instead? That's what I would do.
No, we were all given free will. We get to decide where we spend eternity.
Wouldn't it be easier if we were all just good people? Couldn't an omnipotent being see to this? Would it not be in his and everyone's best interest?
Is that before or after the War of Ragnarok? Oh wait, sorry, wrong religion. Is that before or after Frashokereti? Dammit, I did it again! Is that before or after Kali Yuga? The Blue Star Kachina? The Seven Suns? I can't keep all this stuff straight!
A nuclear event or supervolcano would blanket the atmosphere and block out the sun. No more sun, no more food, no more humans.
A rogue AI could be a problem if allowed to power/defend/expand itself. There would be almost no limit.
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