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How much longer will Earth support Intelligent Life?

How much longer will Earth support Intelligent Life?

100 years
3
15%
500 years
2
10%
1,000 years
2
10%
2,000 years
1
5%
3,500 years
0
No votes
5,000 years
1
5%
7,500 years
0
No votes
10,000 years
0
No votes
More than 10,000 years
11
55%
 
Total votes : 20

How much longer will Earth support Intelligent Life?

Unread postby mmasters » Sat 25 May 2019, 20:19:14

I give it around 2,000 years. That's about how long it will take for humans to ruin the planet.
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Re: How much longer will Earth support Intelligent Life?

Unread postby KaiserJeep » Sat 25 May 2019, 22:29:07

I selected 100 years because I know how exponential population growth works.
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Re: How much longer will Earth support Intelligent Life?

Unread postby Plantagenet » Sat 25 May 2019, 22:57:21

I selected 10,000 years or more.

I think the climate is already screwed, and we've triggered off a global mass extinction event to boot. I fully expect most human populations to die off and most species to go extinct all over the globe as a consequence of AGW.

But I don't think the human species will go extinct. Call me an optimist if you want, but I think a tiny remnant of humanity will survive scratching out a meagre existence along the northern coastline of Greenland or Alaska or in the mountains of Antarctica and places like that. If after global warming makes most places on earth uninhabitable, I retain a sliver of hope that if things will sort out so there is some tiny piece of habitat that can support a farm somewhere on earth, then a few humans will hang on there.

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Re: How much longer will Earth support Intelligent Life?

Unread postby jupiters_release » Sat 25 May 2019, 23:42:46

There will always be intelligent life here, at least till the sun dies.
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Re: How much longer will Earth support Intelligent Life?

Unread postby dohboi » Sat 25 May 2019, 23:48:35

I reject the presupposition behind the question...there has never been intelligent life on Earth, and there likely never will be! :)

The proof is most of the discussion on this forum! :) :)
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Re: How much longer will Earth support Intelligent Life?

Unread postby forbin » Sun 26 May 2019, 04:02:49

intelligent life you say?

depends on if we can finish of the dolphins or whales I guess

then again

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yq4uCWtQE24

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Re: How much longer will Earth support Intelligent Life?

Unread postby Cog » Sun 26 May 2019, 06:01:32

If we exhaust all the fossil fuels on the planet and have made no effort to mitigate or transition to some other energy sources, most of the human population will die off. But that doesn't mean all humans will die off. There are primitive but intelligent humans that can survive on the planet regardless of the availability of fossil fuels.
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Re: How much longer will Earth support Intelligent Life?

Unread postby asg70 » Sun 26 May 2019, 06:44:25

dohboi wrote:I reject the presupposition behind the question...there has never been intelligent life on Earth, and there likely never will be! :)
The proof is most of the discussion on this forum! :) :)


Yep, especially the guy earlier who thinks the rest of the world will die off except for where HE lives. How...conveeeeeenient. Ego, ego, ego.
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Re: How much longer will Earth support Intelligent Life?

Unread postby AgentR11 » Sun 26 May 2019, 10:19:20

I went with 10k+ as well. There's no reason to suspsect that the Earth won't have any niche space for a primate on land somewhere. This doesn't imply that industrial civilization survives, but rather just a more typical quantity of humans, appropriate for the mid weight predator that we are.

There's nothing wrong with their only be some thousands of humans alive on the Earth. Perfectly reasonable population size.
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Re: How much longer will Earth support Intelligent Life?

Unread postby Ibon » Sun 26 May 2019, 11:35:37

Getting back to quality over quantity is a good deal for our species.
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Re: How much longer will Earth support Intelligent Life?

Unread postby Newfie » Sun 26 May 2019, 11:43:12

I’m not voting, I have no idea, far too many variables.
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Re: How much longer will Earth support Intelligent Life?

Unread postby onlooker » Mon 27 May 2019, 18:54:47

All I wil say is we do need a huge population reduction
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Re: How much longer will Earth support Intelligent Life?

Unread postby EnergyUnlimited » Thu 30 May 2019, 15:28:44

I have selected more than 10000 years albeit it won't be that long before intelligent life is busy with deciding which neighbour to eat on next dinner or how deep hole to dig to survive next winter.
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Re: How much longer will Earth support Intelligent Life?

Unread postby GHung » Thu 30 May 2019, 17:19:57

Depends on your definition of "intelligent life". My dogs are pretty intelligent. Whether or not humans are is debatable. True intelligence doesn't rely on delusion to get through the day.
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Re: How much longer will Earth support Intelligent Life?

Unread postby asg70 » Fri 31 May 2019, 09:55:54

Never a post from Ghung that isn't oozing with "I'm more enlightened than you sheeple" contempt.
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Re: How much longer will Earth support Intelligent Life?

Unread postby jedrider » Fri 31 May 2019, 11:33:32

Our sensibilities are misplaced. We should be asking "How much longer will Earth support a rich and diverse Ecosystem?"

"Intelligent Life" seems to have been at odds with that.
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Re: How much longer will Earth support Intelligent Life?

Unread postby GHung » Fri 31 May 2019, 11:45:09

asg70 wrote:Never a post from Ghung that isn't oozing with "I'm more enlightened than you sheeple" contempt.


Thanks for your "intelligent" response.
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Re: How much longer will Earth support Intelligent Life?

Unread postby asg70 » Sat 01 Jun 2019, 23:34:52

You are very welcome.
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Re: How much longer will Earth support Intelligent Life?

Unread postby Newfie » Sun 02 Jun 2019, 06:37:53

jedrider wrote:Our sensibilities are misplaced. We should be asking "How much longer will Earth support a rich and diverse Ecosystem?"

"Intelligent Life" seems to have been at odds with that.


Good point. How can we be deemed “intelligent” if we destroy the environment that made us?
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Re: How much longer will Earth support Intelligent Life?

Unread postby onlooker » Sun 02 Jun 2019, 07:38:18

Newfie wrote:
jedrider wrote:Our sensibilities are misplaced. We should be asking "How much longer will Earth support a rich and diverse Ecosystem?"

"Intelligent Life" seems to have been at odds with that.


Good point. How can we be deemed “intelligent” if we destroy the environment that made us?

From my understanding no other species destroys the environment which sustains it. It only overpopulates its carrying capacity. Perhaps Ibon can chime in.
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