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Posted by Mike Rosenberg on September 2, 2006, 7:17 pm

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Posted by ,dbu., on September 2, 2006, 12:14 am

Well then, it looks like we are on a path to self distruction.  What is
the answer?  Mass annihilation?  

The Earth is not finite and eventually we will be consumed by the Sun as
it converts to a red giant star in a several million years.  I'm not
terribly worried as I am almost 64 and a mear molecule or atom of a
grain of sand, maybe even a subatomic particle.  Anyway I'm pretty small
in the scheme of this world called Earth.  We are ultimately doomed,
there is no mistake about that.  What we do seems very insignificant in
the whole scheme of things.  What I would like answered is what was
before the universe?  Before the so called "big bang".  Anyone?

Posted by Bill on September 2, 2006, 12:51 am

First, we have to accept birth control as necessary to the survival of our
species.  Educate, educate and educate.

If you have grandchildren, tell them they can avoid a less dramatic but
none-the-less fatal consequence with some common sense.

  I'm not  terribly worried as I am almost 64 and a mear molecule or atom of

Like me, you are one of six billion, inconsequential in the grand scheme of
things, who, as a U.S. resident, contributed many times his proportional
share.  Me?  I feel guilty about the fuel I wasted and the pollution I've
caused.  We did this together, we can solve this together.

  Anyway I'm pretty small

Me?   I'd rather participate in a solution than contemplate an irrelevant

Posted by Paul Russell on September 2, 2006, 7:58 am

  ,dbu., wrote:

I think you'll find that it is.


Posted by Andrew Stephenson on September 2, 2006, 1:17 pm

       howard@dynosadrok.com " ,dbu.," writes:

AIUI, the latest thinking (which is simply the latest stage in a
decades-long process of idea development) could earn some busier
theorists a living as SF writers.  Infinite numbers of universes,
in most of which the rules of physics cause non-stop violence in
nature so severe that life would be impossible anywhere; chances
of the laws of physics "flipping" in our own universe (though we
would probably not live long enough to realise it had happened);
and weirder stuff.  There is even a thought that our universe is
an offshoot of others.  Creation-from-apparently-nothing becomes
a possibility.  We have to change the way we think about what it
means to "exist".

On your (snipped) thoughts on the ultimate futility of life on
Earth: one thing that does tend to survive a species/culture is
ideas.  Not all, of course.  But, if even one good idea outlasts
us, we've made our mark.  What did the myriad lives which carried
earlier lost cultures amount to?  Interesting clay pots.  Pretty
verses.  Curious legends.  Daft wrong ideas.  Most of us will be
forgotten.  That's how it goes.  Some of our genes could outlast
us, the way bio-sciences are progressing: in artificial species.
Andrew Stephenson

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