Dan Hegerich

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Is man an endangered species?

Man continues to do the voluntary acts that precipitates chronic degenerative diseases that is now widespread among the young to the older. These so called diseases continue to increase directly proportional to the level of progress in 'modern' civilization. So, as we progress with our technological modern ways are we actually creating a senerio for our own demise on this plane of existance? I have reasons to see this to be true.

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    Jan 9 2012: Is "humankind" an endangered species? ;)
    Since most of these diseases affect us after reproductive age, I would say no. We're not doing much for our quality of life but I don't think we're in danger of killing ourselves off.
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      Jan 9 2012: The longevity of human beings have increased due to advent and research of new medicines. However the quality of life is a big issue.

      Existence of human species is no problem ... the only question is in next 1000 years how many other species will he make extinct. ..... Lions, tigers etc are in the brink of extinction
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        Jan 9 2012: I like the way you questioning what species can make it through another 1000 years. However, I wouldn't say existence of human beings as a specie is secured in the future. The thing is, human beings are on a same same boat with any other ones on planet Earth. Human civilization has already caused enormous damage to Earth's biosphere, and keeps advancing further. Perhaps, it is good idea to think about what would this planet be like many centuries later. Without a healthy planet to live on, any medicine or science can't keep human species lasting.
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          Jan 9 2012: Unless the earth blasts into minute fragments there is nothing as such to worry. Again this possibility can also not be ruled out. But then it might happen after several thousand years.

          Man has a limit till which he can control things and beyond it everything is at the mercy of the nature..... so why worry for things which we cannot control
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        Jan 9 2012: I'm not talking about the things that are not controllable. Just imagine, in the past earth was in much better shape in terms of sustainability. In the past there was no human caused ecological disasters, and no atmospheric pollutions. Even there was no such thing as nuclear waste or radiation. Any damage that has been done is the result of human actions. If the fish keeps polluting the pond it is living in, how it can possibly survive in there? Fish can't fly to another pond, or create a new one.
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    Jan 14 2012: Thanks for your thoughts Heather.
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    Jan 14 2012: Gaia theory suggests mother earth may bite back someday. There will probably be a rebalancing of population levels, with only the strongest / cleverest / most prepaired / lucky humans surviving. I'm ambiguous as to my desire to be a survivor - there is a fate worse than death in my opinion.
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    Jan 10 2012: The extinction of Homo Sapiens is number 133 on my personal list of Top 200 Concerns. The only way mankind will be destroyed is if the Earth is destroyed (number 11 on my list). As goes the Earth, so goes Man.
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      Jan 10 2012: How is it that the Earth is 11 and man is 133 ? Earth has been in existence and has pulled through many greater catastrophic events. Mother Earth told the dinosaurs a thing or two.
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        Jan 10 2012: It is related to robustness, adaptability and power. Man ranks consistently high while the Earth is more delicate and vulnerable--except for the unfortunate dinosaur incident.
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    Jan 9 2012: Diseases happen in our old age? Have you seen the statistics on obesity and (ADULT Type II )diabetes in children? How about AD/HD, Autsim, infertility? Yup British are finding out that their young males have less sperm and less motility. Cancers are hitting people much younger than ever before. My terminal cancer hit me at 29! We have three environments:

    The Environment that surrounds our body, the one that surrounds our cells and the environment inside the cell. If you think that the external environment is the problem think again. Consider that the outer world is an expression of the inner world. If you agree that the outer environment is troubled then what might our inner environment be like? What one puts in their body effects the world and planet in one direction or the other-towards inner balance (homeostasis) or takes one further away from homeostasis (the One Disease-loss of homeostasis).
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    Jan 9 2012: Given that Homo Sapiens was once a small groupuscule of a mere 500 individuals, I'd say we're doing fairly well. As for diseases, many of them appear in our old age, as we've been lucky enough not to die from something else first. Our lack of environmental sensibility just might make us endangered in a near future.
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    Jan 9 2012: Probably not by the normal measure.
    We are more than we have ever been, though i like the idea.
    Certainly global warming mgiht suggest such.
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      Jan 9 2012: Probably yes by the normal measure.

      We really are more, we've taken more.

      We are dependent on a living system that we can deplete, poison and distort to our want up to the moment it's a dead system. Don't think it all started a century ago, it started the moment we left nature to start culture.
      Goats and sheep made pasture to desert, for boat building and fire making vast forests were slain or burned for agriculture. Philip it can't be seen by looking around but by comparing the figures of any measure.
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        Jan 10 2012: I agree Frans, and alluded to such in my last statement. Ofcourse we are always in danger of extinction indeed our earth too is fragile, vulnerable to the very forces that created it/her.

        I think its helpful for us to look into the jaws of extinction - the possibility of death of species. I fear it is our only hope to be able to ride this wonderful ball for as long as it lives. ie motivation for life through the reality of death.

        I believe earth might have an afterlife or too but not us.