Gregory A Minahan Posted over 1 year ago Stewart Brand: The dawn of de-extinction. Are you ready? The scientific ability to revive species that have succumbed to the onslaught of humanity is invaluable. As a solution to the further extinction of additional species, however, it is moot ...until we negotiate within our own species how to alleviate that very onslaught of humanity that is throwing all other species out of kilter. There is nothing sacrosanct about any particular species. They come and go all the time ...particularly at the minute level. Still, it seems a given that the overabundance of the human species is disproportionately at the core of altogether too many other specie extinctions. Extinctions continue daily; sometimes at the conspicuous level of a mammal, an aquatic predator, or a bee; most often at the invisible level of the microbe. Yet our own species has yet to even begin to deal with the responsibility inherent in the fact that we are now not only a species, but a society. We have yet to seriously attempt to self-regulate our own fecundity sufficiently to relieve the pressure upon our fellow species. China tried for a while, but has only recently capitulated to the demand for more bodies to feed its new-found commu-capitalist machine. It truly boils down to space (...the final frontier), geographic, demographic, and economic. Cattle can only do their grass seed disseminating thing if there is sufficient non-humanized space for them in which to eat and shit. The poaching of elephant tusks will only end when there are is no longer a fringe of unemployed, unneeded humanity desperate for a means to survive. The balance of natural evolution with the evolution of human society can only be maintained when there is sufficient planetary real estate allocated to each. We can only ever succeed in retaining or recreating at-risk species if we learn to preserve the requisite space for them to thrive by halting the encroachment of humanity. i would love to chat with Mr Brand about this over a glass of sherry.