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Environment and human beings

  1. May 13, 2005 #1
    I wonder how will we become after a certain long duration that our environment gets completely destroyed ? Are there any theories supporting the truth that we develop only within our own environment ? Anything I guess against it is also fine. Thanks a lot,
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  3. May 15, 2005 #2


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    Let me see if I understand your questions.
    I wonder what will become of us, if after a long period of time, we are careless enough to completely destroy our environment?

    Limiting your questions to humanity,
    If we were to completely destroy our environment, we will be in deep trouble, as in extinction.

    Are there any theories supporting the concept that we adapt to our environment?

    I am not aware of any specific theories but in my personal observation of humanity populating the world, we tend to be pretty adaptable creatures. For example there are the Inuit people who survive in the harsh cold and windy arctic region and the Bedouin people of Arabia, who live in a xeric climate, where it is extremely dry and have extremely high temperatures. These are two extremes environments in terms of temperature and moisture and yet humanity has been able to adapt and survive.

    Another way to interpret your second question, and if you allow me to broaden the discussion to include all life and relating to your first question.
    Can life continue to adapt, as our environment becomes less hospitable?

    Certainly lower life forms (microbes and insects) will adapt more easily to severe stresses on the environment. Because of their shorter life cycles, they respond more quickly to these stresses. This is due to a faster accumulation of beneficial mutations. If the air and land become too inhospitable, life will continue to adapt under water. This is fitting, as this (according to science) is where life on our planet began.
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  4. May 15, 2005 #3
    If there is a climate change it will probably too fast for humans to adapt to.

    Also realise what adapting means. It means alot of people will die. All humans without adaptations will die. This means total destruction of our civilization.

    Also, if the enviroment does change it may very well be impossible for a big creature like a human to adapt. We cannot live on the bottom of the sea. We cannot live in the middle of a big dry desert. We have troubles living in an area that is frozel all year long.

    And these fast adaptions will need GM technology. It will also be very hard to make one type of human that can survive in flooded areas, in very hot and dry areas, in frozen areas etc.
  5. May 15, 2005 #4
    the only reason that we survive in these area's is technology and knowledge, or what is most oftenly refered to as intelligence, we can make clothes for cold environments, create machines which cool a room down, we've created chambers to go to the bottom of the sea and rockets to leave our atmosphere.

    so we should not just wait for evolution, we got bored of waiting for that a long time ago, now we make our own path, so the only form of adaptation we could actually consider is that of technology

    evolution could not save the human race, because any mutant with the ability to save themself from death would not be human, that is why we use technology instead, and why we have not evolved
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