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  •  That sentiment is very skewed (4+ / 0-)

    I'm not willing to call mass extinctions "fine." Consequences lasting millions of years matter. Carbon pollution needs to be halted, and we need to find a way to do it. Objecting that it 'probably won't happen' is unhelpful.

    When something truly is imperative, as this is, then one finds a way to make it happen.

    •  it's skewed yes because (3+ / 0-)
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      maryabein, SuWho, atana

      in the grand scheme of things we don't matter.

      If the Earth's existance from the moment of formation in the stellar nebula to now was a day, the appearance of modern humanity (because we're not the first bipedal humanoid species to exist) would be a minute or two before midnight. Our sentience doesn't seem to have given us a natural ability to appreciate "deep time."

      Dawkins is to atheism as Rand is to personal responsibility- mperiousRex.

      by terrypinder on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 09:58:34 AM PDT

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      •  Some writers have postulated that (0+ / 0-)

        technologically advanced species might be prone to dying out, not because of catastrophes of chance, but because their understanding of "deep time" leads them to embrace nihilism.

        Others have suggested that those among our species who understand "deep time" might act as leaders to move the rest of our species across the gap that lies before us.

        I'm putting my lot in with the non-suicidal folks.

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