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Kent Spencer


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What do you think the world will be like in the year 3012?

History has taught us to never underestimate the abilities of the human mind. There has been many advancements in science that has cleared up questions about our universe. Advancements that have led to cures of many diseases. Advancements that have helped us cope with severve weather conditions.

People have also made leaps with the way they interact socially. Gays are being supported for marraige. Governments have risen and fallen. And people are still fighting for proper citizen rights.

What future do you see?

Do you think we will find life on other planets?
Do you think there will be changes in our currencies?
How will our ways of transportation change?


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  • Jun 19 2012: Peter, Ankit: so said the Venusians some 15 million years ago.
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      Jun 19 2012: Don't get me wrong, I fully believe in the greenhouse effect but your scenario is just not possible. If you do the math you will discover that Venus has always been too hot to support life. If it were heavier gravity may have stopped its oceans evaporating. Even without the atmosphere it rotates so slowly it would still have a boiling hot side and a freezing cold side.
      • Jun 19 2012: I am no astrophysicist, so I trust you. I just want to express that Earth might be going down a very dangerous and slippery path. +1 to you for sharing the science.
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          Jun 20 2012: Really Ithink the biggest effect of CO2 on humanity will be the possible wars caused by large populations having to relocate from places like europe and the US as they get dry to places like canada and greenland as they warm and become agricultural.

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