Life is not special?

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RE: Life is not special?

Postby spartacus » Fri Jul 23, 2010 8:53 pm

I find it amusing that, even though no lifeform of any description has been found off this planet, that only intelligent extra-terrestrial life is good enough to rate as a major breakthrough !
This is a bit of a tall order considering the time the evolutionary process took to produce Homo sapiens (self proclaimed apotheosis of the animal kingdom) & then we're also assuming the synchronisation of any other life supporting planets to be on a par with our own level of advancement ! [&:]

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RE: Life is not special?

Postby brianb » Fri Jul 23, 2010 10:16 pm

[quote]Homo sapiens (self proclaimed apotheosis of the animal kingdom)[/quote]
Geocentricity again - or species centred. [i]H. sap.[/i] is a total liability to everything else on Earth ... and the truly dominant life forms are [i]bacteria[/i] without which all "higher" plants and animals would be completely sunk.
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RE: Life is not special?

Postby lancashire astroguy » Sat Jul 24, 2010 1:20 am


[quote]ORIGINAL: brianb

[quote]Homo sapiens (self proclaimed apotheosis of the animal kingdom)[/quote]
Geocentricity again - or species centred. [i]H. sap.[/i] is a total liability to everything else on Earth ... and the truly dominant life forms are [i]bacteria[/i] without which all "higher" plants and animals would be completely sunk.

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Self-loathing will not get us anywhere Brian!

I've got nothing against bacteria. In fact I have a few trillion of the useful little blighters in my intestines and I'm proud to consider them my friends! I would be having kittens with excitement if anything like bacteria were found on Mars or Europa.

However, you have to admit that on a planet crowded with amazing and astonishing things, there is nothing as amazing and astonishing as Homo Sapiens. We have our faults for sure, and you are right that we are a liability to many other species. However, have you considered that we are the only species that has ever existed which is [i]worried[/i] about our liability to other species? I'm an optimist and I don't think we have even begun to reach our true potential. Flying to the moon or splitting the atom is child's play compared to what we could be capable of doing.

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