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  •  "Civilization to progress" (3+ / 0-)
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    Gjetost, Troubadour, LilithGardener

    I see what you mean. From down the ages we see the positive side-effects of disasters. But the day-to-day reality is that the universe's whims, like evolution, are exceedingly brutal. By our squishy and desensitized standards the cosmos on a rampage is downright horrible.

    Now news of microbes on Mars? or Enceladus? or someplace else? a seperate cradle? That is a call we could definetely wake-up to.

    "My God, it's full of stars"

    by Hammerhand on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 08:14:29 PM PST

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    •  I agree. (1+ / 0-)
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      I would love if we had solid evidence of exterrestrial life, especially intelligent extraterrestrial life, that could potentially change civilization in a positive way.

       I'm sorry Hammerhand. Like I told Troubadour, I'm going through a sad, cynical phase. One part is due to world news and the other because of my continued unemployment and indebtedness.

      •  No sweat Gjetost (3+ / 0-)
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        Gjetost, Troubadour, PaloAltoPixie

        To be honest, I've felt that way myself sometimes. Felt like if we got smacked a good one it might do us some good.

        That might be true, and researchers in the year 3013 might yet make that conjecture. But what if something is headed for us, and we find it in time? A rock the size of Texas, a "global-killer", or how about something even bigger, say the size of our moon, and instead of the few months or whatever it was that Bruce Willis had, we have 10 years. We could do something about it. It would likely take the entire industrial might of the human race, working as one, but I have no doubt we could do something about it.

        If we could get along, of course. I think we would if we had to.  

        "My God, it's full of stars"

        by Hammerhand on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 08:31:31 PM PST

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        •  That's a good point. (0+ / 0-)

          If that type of a wake-up call happened instead of mass destruction, I would welcome that too. It would better because at least we get to live!

           You just gave me an idea of a weird twist on that scenario. Imagine if humanity did what you said to deflect a moon-sized object and it was successful.

           Then suddenly...

           NASA: "Attention everyone! Congratulations on the recent effort to deflect the incoming NEO. Unfortunately an even larger object is headed this way. It will be here in 30 minutes. We've also used up all of our resources. Goodbye and good luck."

           Humanity: "Well... fuck."

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