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Thread #130248 Message #2930133
Posted By: GUEST,Shimrod
17-Jun-10 - 06:04 PM
Thread Name: BS: End of man-kind
Subject: RE: BS: End of man-kind
I was browsing in a bookshop the other day and came upon an illustrated (i.e. 'coffee table') edition of one of Stephen Hawking's books. If I remember the passage that I read correctly he had calculated that if we go on breeding at the same rate as today, in 600 years time humans will be standing shoulder-to-shoulder over the entire surface of the planet; if we go on using energy at the same rate, in 600 years time the surface of the planet will be red hot. Obviously these two outcomes are mutually exclusive. It seems, then, that we have less than 600 years left. 600 years is nothing - the tiniest first fraction of a micro-second of an eyeblink - such a time span probably wouldn't even show up in the fossil record. We probably should consider ourselves to be as good as extinct now ...