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 Post subject: We're All Doomed
PostPosted: Sun Apr 26, 2009 11:48 pm 
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I'm fishing for interesting doomsday scenarios. Come on. Dazzle me with your creativity and/or social and political insight.

What would be a plausible chain of events leading to the extinction of the human race, or at least severe depopulation of the globe?

Are we all doomed, or will we get to see our children and grandchildren grow up to make the same mistakes as we did? :D

Speculate wildly. I'm not looking for hard facts. Just a big, broad 'what if'.

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I have high hopes for this new Swine Flu.

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Okay, so America begins producing enough chocolate to feed the world a thousand times over, and miraculously begins to export it. Then the whole world contracts diabetes, and we all die because all the insulin producers are lying on their floors in a diabetic coma. the end.

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Cd, that's actually frighteningly possible.... 8O

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Will I survive bird flu long enough to get Swine flu?

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 29, 2009 12:05 pm 
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DSW wrote:
Will I survive bird flu long enough to get Swine flu?

Considering how deadly the bird flu is, the probability of recovery is not that great; but as of now, that virus is not a huge threat to the world because it does not have the ability to spread human to human. On the other hand, the swine flu "does" appear to have that human to human component; but it is not that deadly of a virus right now. My prediction, the swine flu will eventually fizzle out and show up again around September or October. What happens then is what I am most concerned about. If it mutates into a more virulent form, we might actually see a thinning down of the population like with the Spanish flu of 1918. Did that answer your question? :mrgreen:

As far as doomsday-type scenarios, I am thinking "maybe" a nuclear war could cause that kind of devastation to the world; but even if that happened, the human race would manage to still exist...


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 30, 2009 5:10 am 
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Jen* wrote:
Cd, that's actually frighteningly possible.... 8O


I know, contagious diabetes, thank-you America.

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The sun goes out for good.... plants die.. and chain of events follow... we all die or try to evolve as vampires and feed on each other...

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I was voting for swine flu to have a pretty large impact, of course the disease I want spread doesn't, same situation with the bird flu... My death theory is that the day before the *supposed* end of the world if we knew the date, we'd all commit suicide, then, the next day... ABSOLUTELY NOTHING HAPPENS! Sort of like with the LHC, everything went smoothly, no earth-eating black hole created.

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Yeah, but the LHC broke down, so they haven't really run it yet. They just pushed Armageddon a few months into the future. :) :P

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Chuck will roundhouse kick us all to death... at once.

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cheGuevara wrote:
Yeah, but the LHC broke down, so they haven't really run it yet. They just pushed Armageddon a few months into the future. :) :P

Very true, very true... But still, there was even fear then... I'm just waiting for the asteroid that will come in near-earth orbit, and likely to hit, taking out a very large area, considering the thing is half a mile wide... But, it'll be about 20-30 years before it supposed to get here...

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End of the world:

Everybody watches so much TV that it causes a huge electric explosion that will wipe every atom from existence.


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Tommy GS wrote:
End of the world:

Everybody watches so much TV that it causes a huge electric explosion that will wipe every atom from existence.


... That's creepy how possible that actually could be...

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A little more seriously now,
It's very unlikely that humankind would ever come to an end by disease.
Firstly, we, humans, are known for killing the evolution machine (depending on your perspective, we also increase it's eventual power), thus promoting more genetic difference than any other species. So it's basically impossible to kill us, there will always be some who are resistant to new diseases.
Secondly, in the past, we have almost no knowing of species being endangered by the presence of a pathogen only.
Furthermore, there is barely more diversity in microbiology now than there was a million years ago, and through all this time, without needing our new evolutive advantages, without particular medical treatment of any kind, we survived. We just tend to see diseases more often, because now we actually can see them. It's just like much of the polemics about weather and pollution, and how it will affect the world. This has all happened before, we might just accelerate it slightly, there is no need for panic though. Species have survived this before, and humans are perfect at adapting.

I guess that if we ever come to an end on this planet, it will be by it's own destruction: solar flare, blind star, cataclysmic trigger to intraplanetian autodestruction or even humankind, though I've recently started to believe we probably won't kill our own species (I don't even think we can)

We could also get exctinct by an other higher evolved species, perhaps alien 8)

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