"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."
|stu·pid||lacking ordinary quickness and keenness of mind; dull, characterized by or proceeding from mental dullness; esp. due to lack of meaning or sense; inane; pointless: annoying or irritating; troublesome: in a state of stupor||hu·man||people of the species evolved from the hominid groups: Homo erectus , and Homo sapiens|
|Origin: of the word
1535–45; from the Latin stupidus = stup(ēre) to be numb or stunned.
|Origin: of the word
1350–1400; earlier humain(e), humayn(e), ME < MF humain < L hūmānus, akin to homō human being ( cf. Homo); sp. human predominant from early 18th cent.
There can be no, no doubt, - let me say that again, - there can be no, no doubt that despite the stunning genius of individuals, the human species is just plain stupid.
We are no doubt, the champions of the stupidest species to ever evolve on planet Earth.
What makes our claim of being the stupidest species to have ever evolved, superior, is that while we no doubt have brought about our own catastrophe, unlike the Obligate anaerobe we have done so by our collective mental dullness.
At least the Obligate anaerobe could be forgiven for their stupidity because their intellectual capacity was about one hundredth of the diameter of a hair follicle compared to our's of a meat loaf and they also were not largely delusional that some external universal force had given them imprimatur to act with recklessness and gay abandonment, with the inane conviction, that for this, they would be rewarded with an eternal existence.
We pride ourselves on being the most intelligent of all of the species to have occupied this planet yet the way our species has behaved collectively in the last 10,000 years shows absolutely not one molecule of applied intelligence.
We have modified the planet to such an extent that the first global catastrophe as a consequence of the behavior of a species, belongs to us.
Nothing about the behavior of humans in the last 10,000 years supports any concept of any attention to sustainability, yet peruse any current human crafted management plans and the word "sustainability" abound.
Nothing about our greed behavior demonstrates any capacity to maintain an environment that has a reasonable prospect to sustain our species for a modest amount of time, in evolutionary context, into the future.
And perhaps the most striking characteristic of our behavior that demonstrate our absolute stupidity is to create a mythology about a covenant with a universal and omnipotent force, commit that covenant to record, disseminate the record by every medium possible, both geographically and chronologically, breed and indoctrinate billions of our species with this mythology and then exhibit behavior the exact antipathies of this promoted covenant.
Now let me give you a tip on how to make a lot of money.
Scratch up every piece of spare collateral you can lay your hand on (Dinars, Dollars, Euro, Kronas, Leks, Pesos, Pounds, Renminbis, Ringgits, Rubles, Rupees, Wons, Yens, etc) and plonk it on a bet that humans will fail to avert the oncoming global disaster that is climate change.
You should have no trouble in laying your bet because there are still oodles of climate change deniers in the world. I am sure that some of these deniers must certainly be gamblers. So just locate the most denieristic of the deniers you can and you should be able to acquire a good gambling ratio. Somewhere I would think in the vicinity of about 1,000,000 to 1 that human induced climate change will wipe out the human race, would be the appropriate odds that a genuine sceptical sceptic should be prepared to offer. Try Nick Minchen I am sure he will set your bet.
So simply plonks on your spare cash, sit back, put up your feet and wait to collect.
Ironically though, the prospects of this are nil, because not only alas, is there an extremely high probability that your sceptical sceptic may not be around to pay out but most likely you will not be around to collect.
Not however, I hasten to add, because either of you will demise as a consequence of the ageing process while you wait for a result (unless of course you are over 50 years old) but because you both will probably be part of the 99% extinction rate that will occur.
While we are on the subject of demise, will the extinction rate be
as a consequence of environmental events such as:
No, not at all, this level of extinction will occur at the hands of humans.
How many of the 1513 passengers that died when the Titanic Ocean liner sank in 1912, died from impact trauma in diving overboard, structural disintegration of the vessel and other like events and how many died by being drowned by their ship mates scrambling to find floxam in the water, or abandoned and succumb to hypothermia as those in life boats sat at a comfortable distance from the catastrophe and let their fellow humans die or perhaps the true cause of death really came from a lack of appreciation of risk of the vessel sinking - by the ship's owners?
In any case it doesn't matter, either way humans were the underlying cause of the catastrophe.
Make no mistake humans have an unrivalled track record at being ruthless to not just the other 30 odd million species that we share this planet with but especially to their own kind. i.e. Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime and the Tutsi's in Rwanda are a minuscule but modern example of human's potential to regulate its own kind.
Hey wait a minute! I hear you scream, what about all those intelligent people that tell us we are going to save ourselves, that we, or the majority at least, will be forced to recognise the threat to us and that humanity will, even if it be a bit shabby and a tad to late, act in sort of unison to avert this pending cataclysmic environmental disaster.
I like the analogy of the Titanic, you see it was designed to go very fast, for an ocean liner, and as we know everything is a compromise, so that design sacrificed the ability to turn very quickly in favour of speed - after all it's a big ocean. It was said, of the disaster, that was the Titanic, that it could have averted hitting the iceberg, when sighted by the lookout, if only it hadn't have been going so fast and had better capacity to turn quicker.
If you've taken the time to study human history you will see that the colonization of Earth by humans has been occurring with incredible speed so far not identified with the history of any other species and if you've studied evolution you will see that one thing evolution did not build into us, is the capacity to change DNA based behavior (greed and self interest) in a miniscule time period (50 years)
Some people cite examples of history such as the industrial effort of the United States of America in the second world war, as confidence that humans can, when suitably challenged, over come serious challenges.
Compared to the performance that humans will be required to deliver this century, citing this USA example is like citing the ability of a bird to change it’s nest building materials, in response to a need to change the way it breeds.
With carbon dioxide levels already approaching the highest they have been in the last million years and predicted to reach, within 50 years time, the levels that they were 60 million years ago this is not going to be a simple or miniscule impact that we will be facing, like experiences so far faced by humans in our recorded history. It's like someone being confident of crossing the Altantic ocean in a canoe becuase in the past they have successfully navigated the Amazon River.
74% of Americans (and possibly thereby all humans) have an IQ less than 110. All the solutions that have been proffered by a number of outstanding individuals and have, albiet a miniscule prospect of success, had one thing in common, they require wisdom born of intellect for their adoption and implementation.
Not convinced yet?
Cancer is a modern disease, its rapid growth, as a source of morbidity and mortality, is the consequence of a rapidly changed environment. Our species evolved with the ability to recognise an imminent threat (as they were the major ones around) that existed in our environment (sabre toothed tigers, poisoned food etc) not a latent threat like molecular time bombs that delivery 'effects' many year away from from thier 'cause'. Consequently we are scared into hysteria by the Hendra virus and pedophiles attacking our children but placidly and calmly accept our and our children's mass slaughter as a consequence of cancer and our sedentary lifestyle.
Even if all the challenges that our DNA present, to our ability to deal with this oncoming catastrophe was not enough of a hurdle, with 84% of humans alive on the planet today, believing in the existence of a variety of Gods that communicate with them either directly or thought the recording of humans that have lived a short while ago and offer them extstance beyond thier death, there is no chance that this majority will be able to accommodate or partake unilateral in any wise solution, any time soon.
So where to from here?
Well! - This may be the only web site that you have ever come across that-
and I guess It's just like all of us, here for a short while, and then it will be gone.
Thanks for reading
If you are interested, see why humans are so stupid.
|Last Updated -4 September 2013|