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  • Can humans survive the next century?


    by Leon
    10th July, 2006 at 3:19 pm    

    Stephen Hawking has a question for us all:

    In a world that is in chaos politically, socially and environmentally, how can the human race sustain another 100 years? [Via Yahoo! Answers]


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    1. Bayah — on 10th July, 2006 at 3:48 pm  

      I’ve been asking the same question to Sunny, but in the Muslim related area.

      We need to go back to our way’s of great moral’s and ethic’s. Where we stop all evil from our community, world wide, stop the starvation of little children in the UK, USA and World Wide. We need leader’s who are trust worthy, leader’s who roam the street’s like Umer Bin Khattab did at night to see if there are any issue’s with it’s citizens.

      That’s a start.

    2. TheFriendlyInfidel — on 10th July, 2006 at 3:53 pm  

      Cryogenic storage of people on moon is the way forwards.

      TFI

    3. TheFriendlyInfidel — on 10th July, 2006 at 3:56 pm  

      We need leader’s who are trust worthy, leader’s who roam the street’s like Umer Bin Khattab did at night to see if there are any issue’s with it’s citizens.

      ha ha ha.

      No way could I post something more funny than that!

      Sod focus groups and surveys of the population, what we need is Tony Blair walking the streets of London late at night dressed up as a women.

      Oh, I wipe the tears from my eyes …

      TFI

    4. Sunny — on 10th July, 2006 at 3:58 pm  

      Heh, Bayah you really are quite a character ain’t ya?

    5. Leon — on 10th July, 2006 at 4:02 pm  

      Tbh sometimes I wonder if the question should be “Should humans survive the next century?”. Our time thus far hasn’t been spent especially well…

    6. Paul Moloney — on 10th July, 2006 at 4:03 pm  

      Neuter the religion gene, then fuck like bunnies ’til our descendents are all light beige.

      Hey, it’s a philosophy.

      P.

    7. justforfun — on 10th July, 2006 at 4:05 pm  

      This thread cannot ever again reach the heights at which is has started :-( .

      I just can’t think of anything - GoD - now I am depressed and I blame Bayah. Struck down by the Black Dog of depression when I was least expecting it.

      justforfun

    8. TheFriendlyInfidel — on 10th July, 2006 at 4:10 pm  

      Hang on, I know! I know!

      We ought to go back to worshiping the sun and, sacrificing goats on the solstices and having group sex off our head on mushrooms afterwards.

      They were happy days until those pesky Romans turned with their strange ideas about central heating and washing oneself!!!

      TFI

    9. Bayah — on 10th July, 2006 at 4:10 pm  

      Heh, Bayah you really are quite a character ain’t ya? If you don’t want to debate with me, please tell me now that I am wasting my time.

      What is it that you want Muslim’s to do?

    10. don — on 10th July, 2006 at 4:11 pm  

      TFI

      I’ve always been interested in cryogenics. Imagine my disappointment when I paid good money to see ‘Walt Disney on Ice’.

    11. Sunny — on 10th July, 2006 at 4:12 pm  

      Bayah - What’s with the chip on your shoulder? Who said I wanted Muslims to do anything specific?

    12. don — on 10th July, 2006 at 4:16 pm  

      ‘We ought to go back to worshiping the sun and, sacrificing goats on the solstices and having group sex off our head on mushrooms afterwards.’

      Yeah, where is Colonel Mustapha?

    13. Bayah — on 10th July, 2006 at 4:17 pm  

      “Bayah - What’s with the chip on your shoulder? Who said I wanted Muslims to do anything specific?” If you dislike their methods of all the organisations then you must disagree with what they are doing.

      Your constantly attacking ALL leading Muslim Organisations. MAB,MCB, MPACUK, HT. To my knowledge you have never once agreed with these organisations, please prove me wrong if I am incorrect.

      So again, how do you suggest Muslim channel their anger? To raise their voice?

    14. Inders — on 10th July, 2006 at 4:20 pm  

      When has the world… or even the universe been stable ?

    15. TheFriendlyInfidel — on 10th July, 2006 at 4:21 pm  

      The question is what is going get us first, the race is on between:

      * Religious War
      * Economic War
      * Energy Crisis (Peak Oil etc)
      * Wide spread crop failure (mass starvation)
      * Metorite strike
      * Super volcano popping
      * Robots taking over the world
      * Dirty phone boxes
      * Alien Lizard Jews

      Now unless Hollywood has been lying to me all these year, the robot thing shouldn’t bother us to much as we’ll be back on to in no time.

      I think that the last option is the most likely, that’s why I have a stock of anti lizard spray with me at all times.

      Still if we fall back to medieval times, there is nothing like a spot of mob rule, feudale societies and the occasional stoning to bind humans together in a sense of community.

      TFI

    16. TheFriendlyInfidel — on 10th July, 2006 at 4:28 pm  

      Don, I knew how you feel. I saw a poster in London headlined with “Your Last chance to see Jason Donovan!!”, boy was I disappointed when I found out it was only the panto that was closing.

      Bayah, please, please continue with your debate on Islamist self indulgent victimhood.

      Please, please tell me how you think we should change you make you happy, the one about world leaders wandering the streets interview man and women of the night was a corker! You must have more of this quality entertainment.

      TFI

    17. Bayah — on 10th July, 2006 at 4:30 pm  

      TheFriendlyInfidel: If you don’t have the manners for a debate don’t come into one. Sorry but I have to ignore you as your childish comment’s are not worth my time. Leave the debate to mature men, not kids.

    18. TheFriendlyInfidel — on 10th July, 2006 at 4:33 pm  

      So again, how do you suggest Muslim channel their anger?

      Dunno, how about focusing on local issues and dragging themselves out of social economic poverty?

      TFI

    19. Kismet Hardy — on 10th July, 2006 at 4:33 pm  

      All I know is that we were promised jet packs by now. They said so in tomorrow’s world. Where are they, hm?

    20. Sunny — on 10th July, 2006 at 4:33 pm  

      Bayah I have a problem with the Muslim orgs represented in the media, not all Muslim orgs. In my recent article you read I listed quite a few individuals and Muslim orgs I agreed with. And I’ve answered your questions in the other thread.

      Inders - true but now we have the capacity to kill ourselves several times over.

    21. don — on 10th July, 2006 at 4:34 pm  

      Bayah,

      As the topic is the survival of the species, isn’t it a little obsessive to try to drag it round to Muslim anger?

      Because if it does turn into that, someone will say something you don’t like and there will be even more anger for you to channel. And you seem to have enough of that already.

      ‘If you dislike their methods of all the organisations then you must disagree with what they are doing.’

      Does ‘they’ refer to Muslims or high profile pressure groups? Because your statement only makes sense if you assume they are one and the same.

      Still, if we do go the way of the Passenger Pigeon, at least we’ll do it being very well informed about one another’s grievances.

    22. justforfun — on 10th July, 2006 at 4:34 pm  

      Inders - just what I was thinking . Hasn’t the world always been unstable from a human timeframe point of view. Perhaps the rate of change is quickening, and combined with a longer life span, we actually see the “change” in one generation. Before now the “change” would have spanned two generations or more.

      Justforfun

    23. Kismet Hardy — on 10th July, 2006 at 4:48 pm  

      Any excuse to quote Bill Hicks…

      The world is like a ride in an amusement park. And when you choose to go on it, you think it’s real because that’s how powerful our minds are. And the ride goes up and down and round and round. It has thrills and chills and it’s very brightly coloured and it’s very loud and it’s fun, for a while. Some people have been on the ride for a long time and they begin to question, is this real, or is this just a ride? And other people have remembered, and they come back to us, they say, “Hey - don’t worry, don’t be afraid, ever, because, this is just a ride… And we… kill those people.

      And stop bringing shotguns to UFO sightings, they might be here to pick me up and take me with ‘em.

    24. Kismet Hardy — on 10th July, 2006 at 4:49 pm  

      I think in a hundred years we’ll be in space.

      Serving fries at McD’s on the Moon

    25. TheFriendlyInfidel — on 10th July, 2006 at 5:12 pm  

      Kismet, I sympathaze with you. We were promised rocket packs and instead we got the Segway.

    26. justforfun — on 10th July, 2006 at 5:17 pm  

      Segway - LOL

      The Mr Bean equivalent !!

    27. Bikhair aka Taqiyyah — on 10th July, 2006 at 6:09 pm  

      Sunny,

      Leave Bayah alone. You are really being rude and uncompromising. You cant havent exactly the way Sunny wants it all the time. You dont represent me much Oh elected community leader. I hope you dont mind me saying that.

    28. TheFriendlyInfidel — on 10th July, 2006 at 6:24 pm  

      You dont represent me much Oh elected community leader. I hope you dont mind me saying that.

      Perphaps then you ought find somewhere else to air your American-tainted grievances then?

      Do you think that Bayah is right and George Bush ought dresses like as Red Indian to canvas the needs of the American night dwelling public and this will help ensure the existence for the next 100 years?

      Besides when did Sunny claim to be a community leader? Why did this thread become a become a discussion about the superior nature of rulers from the 7th century?

      TFI

    29. TheFriendlyInfidel — on 10th July, 2006 at 6:46 pm  

      Good god, I wish there was review page on this site …

      Should read:

      The FOUR biggest things the human race needs to survive in the next 100 years is the Internet, running out of Oil, the rise of China and general problems of over population.

      The INTERNET is fuelling all sorts of nonsense by allowing even the most evil poisonous people to spout their venom; it allows groups like peod’s, terrorists, Intelligent Design theorists and all sort of other nutters to get together and agree that it is everyone else is wrong and they are right.

      Peak Oil means that our entire infrasture of our Westernized societies will need to change. Everything must change to accomadate this, from transport, construction, drugs, operation of the military, production of water, creation of plastics, in fact the only thing I can think of that this won’t change is unprotected sex.

      China will completely change the world order, a nation that doesn’t value the happiness of its people at all. Fortunately they haven’t been very expansionist, although they seem to have bought Africa from the corrupt leaders there.

      General problems of over population include global warming and food shortages, lack of water, collapse of the eco systems of the oceans, Chinesse like population controls limiting family sizes.

      Our parents only needed to worry about a few nukes and a belief that we wouldn’t be able to support the food needs of the world population (fertilizers put this off for a while).

      There is fairly wise Saudi saying that goes something like: “My grandfather rode a camel, my father drove a car, I fly in my own jet. And my son will ride a camel.

      Cheers,

      TFI

    30. Katy Newton — on 10th July, 2006 at 6:48 pm  

      I don’t know what Kismet and The Friendly Infidel are complaining about. I have had a rocket pack for quite some time.

    31. Kismet Hardy — on 10th July, 2006 at 6:54 pm  

      Read the packet again Katy. It says ‘rabbit’ not rocket, doesn’t it? It’s made your eyes go all fuzzy

    32. TheFriendlyInfidel — on 10th July, 2006 at 6:59 pm  

      Katy’s got furry eyes? Wow.

      What about your feet, is your big right toe on your left foot and your big left toe on your right foot?

      If so, these rabbits might have given you myxomatosis.

      *management would like to apologise of the quality of the humour in this post*

      I just can’t top Bayah’s contribution …

      TFI

    33. Kismet Hardy — on 10th July, 2006 at 7:02 pm  

      Bayah doesn’t sound like she grinds on vibros, but you never know

    34. mirax — on 10th July, 2006 at 7:10 pm  

      # 1 and 33 have been spectacularly funny so far. Keep going guys- I wanna know the answer too.

    35. Katy Newton — on 10th July, 2006 at 7:12 pm  

      Dammit, Kismet is right. This is a pack of rabbits! This explains why I haven’t been able to take off, and also why the rabbits look so irritated.

    36. Katy Newton — on 10th July, 2006 at 7:14 pm  

      I’ll just stick around until that noted troll mirax calls someone a fuckwit and then I’ll get on with some work :-)

    37. mirax — on 10th July, 2006 at 7:58 pm  

      Katy, you fuckwit, you. Now move your butt woman, :-)

    38. Leon — on 10th July, 2006 at 8:21 pm  

      Nice Bill Hicks quote Kismet!

      “Neuter the religion gene, then fuck like bunnies ’til our descendents are all light beige.”

      Hey hey! All people being mixed race (ie like me) and no religion sounds like utopia to me!;)

    39. Kismet Hardy — on 10th July, 2006 at 8:43 pm  

      More bill hicks. Woo-hoo:

      I’m gonna share with you a vision that I had, cause I love you. And you feel it. You know all that money we spend on nuclear weapons and defence each year, trillions of dollars, correct? Instead… just play with this… if we spent that money feeding and clothing the poor of the world, and it would pay for it many times over, not one human being excluded and we can explore space together, both inner and outer, forever, in peace.

    40. Kismet Hardy — on 10th July, 2006 at 8:44 pm  

      Right, I’m going off to stick my rampant rabbit inside my fanny dog

    41. mirax — on 10th July, 2006 at 8:49 pm  

      >>You know all that money we spend on nuclear weapons and defence each year, trillions of dollars, correct? Instead… just play with this… if we spent that money feeding and clothing the poor of the world,

      it’s stuff like this - I don’t believe we can change this aspect of human society anytime soon- that makes me feel that it is no loss at all if the human species does get wiped out.

    42. Katy Newton — on 10th July, 2006 at 8:57 pm  

      “…that makes me feel that it is no loss at all if the human species does get wiped out.”

      Well, I sort of take your point. But that does mean that everyone would be deprived of Me, and I would hate to do that to people.

    43. Kismet Hardy — on 10th July, 2006 at 9:15 pm  

      Women often say to me: ‘I wouldn’t sleep with you if you were the last man on earth.’

      To which I reply: ‘If I were the last man on earth, you’d get trampled.’

      Funny, but alas, still a virgin

    44. Katy Newton — on 10th July, 2006 at 9:17 pm  

      It will happen one day, Kismet, and then you will be so glad you waited.

    45. raz — on 10th July, 2006 at 9:21 pm  

      “Funny, but alas, still a virgin”

      Does bestiality not count then, Kismet? ;)

    46. Kismet Hardy — on 10th July, 2006 at 9:41 pm  

      I thought it did, but I can’t prove it in a court of law because they tend to look down on such things…

    47. Kismet Hardy — on 10th July, 2006 at 9:45 pm  

      “It will happen one day, Kismet, and then you will be so glad you waited.”

      Name the day woman. I’m patient but I must warn you, I turn creepy when girls don’t honour then promises

      You’ll have to meet mother first though you understand

    48. El Cid — on 10th July, 2006 at 9:46 pm  

      Why u called Kismet Hardy, Kismet Kardy?

    49. Kismet Hardy — on 10th July, 2006 at 10:04 pm  

      Nelso’s last words were meant to be Thank God I have done my duty, Kiss Me Hardy or It’s Kismet Hardy

      All of the above are bollocks. His last words were: ‘rub, rub, drink, drink, fan, fan’

      I like Kismet Hardy because it’s hilarious that some historians had to
      think that up because they couldn’t handle the idea that their beloved
      Horatio could possibly be a arse bandit

      It’s the first time in British history where it was deemed better to be a
      brown-lover than a bum-banger

      I find that a delicious metaphor for the way minorities are viewed in this country

      I thank you

    50. Katy Newton — on 10th July, 2006 at 10:13 pm  

      “I must warn you, I turn creepy when girls don’t honour then promises”

      Ha. It is just as well for you that I do not turn creepy when people start blogs but then do not update them. So there.

    51. Kismet Hardy — on 10th July, 2006 at 10:21 pm  

      I can’t find my blog

      Seriously

      I have to go on yours to find mine and, well, I haven’t because I’m sulking

      I don’t wanna do it unless it looks like yours and you won’t tell me how

    52. Katy Newton — on 10th July, 2006 at 10:50 pm  

      *rolls eyes*

      http://kismethardy.blogspot.com

      You have to go to the Dashboard and go to Template, I think.

    53. mirax — on 10th July, 2006 at 11:17 pm  

      Kismet you sly old thing- having your own blog and not letting on!Tsk.

      Ok, the archives are a bit empty but that one post up so far, should have helped you pull at least a couple of gullible women.Where’s the photo? Not that it matters to me, you understand - my love is true…

    54. Leon — on 10th July, 2006 at 11:32 pm  

      @ comment 28: Check out Party’s Over: Oil, War and the Fate of Industrial Societies - Richard Heinberg. Just ordered this myself from play.com: http://www.play.com/Books/Books/4-/850571/Party_Over/Product.html

    55. don — on 10th July, 2006 at 11:46 pm  

      Maybe evolution made us smart enough to cause the problem, but not smart enough to fix it.

      Back to the drawing board.

    56. justforfun — on 11th July, 2006 at 12:04 am  

      TFI - the “review page” is my request - I’ve had to lick ass for weeks to get it on the perhaps list - get your own !!

      I agree with Bikhair - bit harsh on Bayah or am I just to soft.

      100 years - no problem - this is my brother on the subject

      http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/4003063.stm

      Justforfun

    57. justforfun — on 11th July, 2006 at 12:11 am  


      *rolls eyes*

      http://kismethardy.blogspot.com

      You have to go to the Dashboard and go to Template, I think.

      no password required on blogger? If your password is not written down don’t clean out your cookies or you may lose the MS automatic password fill in - or so my 8 year old tells me.

      Justforfun

    58. mirax — on 11th July, 2006 at 12:26 am  

      >>this is my brother on the subject

      Your brother -the prophet of immortality- has already groomed the methuselah look to a T. ;-)

      methinks that much like everything else on this planet - the benefits of the research Aubrey de Grey is undertaking will go to s/he who pays the highest price for it. Those poor men in Swaziland (lifespan 37 years) and women in Zimbabwe (34 years!!) will continue to die like flies.

    59. mirax — on 11th July, 2006 at 12:27 am  

      will take myself off before I depress anyone further.

    60. Sunny — on 11th July, 2006 at 1:02 am  

      There was an article in the Economist a few years ago (and I may have mentioned this already) that said the best gift humans can give to the planet is stop pro-creating.

      Now I don’t see the point in why we’re so obsessed with procreation and letting things go on. I’m not that fussed about having kids, I’m happy adopting. Though it’ll be a waste of my beautiful and intelligent genes (any smart-ass comment and I’ll ban you! promise! It’s my new comments policy).

      I don’t think humans will manage more than a hundred years. And that may not entirely be a bad thing for other inhabitants of this beautiful planet.

    61. Leon — on 11th July, 2006 at 2:32 am  

      “Though it’ll be a waste of my beautiful and intelligent genes”

      Levis or Mochino?

    62. Sunny — on 11th July, 2006 at 2:36 am  

      The devil always wears Prada :evil:

    63. TheFriendlyInfidel — on 11th July, 2006 at 9:34 am  

      *this is my brother on the subject*

      Damn! will you look at that beard! A beard like that must come with sandals with socks. I can deduce this fact from one of the universe’s global invariants.

      sandals + socks = beard

      TFI

    64. TheFriendlyInfidel — on 11th July, 2006 at 9:41 am  

      I’m ashamed to admit this, but I couldn’t be arsed to turn the TV around yesterday and wound up with “celebrity love island” on the TV and stood agog at the vacuous “celebrities”.

      However when they did there first test, they had to put names on countries. When they failed to identify America, South Africa and Spain I was laughing for a good 20 mins.

      How can we survive the next hundred years when we celebrate such ignorance and stupidly?

      TFI

    65. SastaRasta — on 11th July, 2006 at 3:30 pm  

      Having everyone smoke pot is the only solution. There will be no war anymore. Damn governments.

    66. mirax — on 11th July, 2006 at 4:43 pm  

      >>How can we survive the next hundred years when we celebrate such ignorance and stupidly?

      Don’t be naive TFI. Big boobs and waist-hip ratios are crucial to survival, not map reading skills! Spain, america, brazil etc are all arbitrary invented concepts anyway.

    67. sonia — on 11th July, 2006 at 4:43 pm  

      I like your kind of thinking SastaRasta

    68. Joe90 — on 12th July, 2006 at 2:03 pm  

      Of course humans will survive the next hundred years.

      Question is, which ones, and will the world they inherit be the kind of place a decent person would wish to live in?

      Hawking’s fantasies about colonising other planets are ridiculous. It’d be far easier to colonise the Antarctic en masse than Mars, and even that seems hardly feasible, certainly not very enticing.

    69. Leon — on 12th July, 2006 at 2:20 pm  

      “Having everyone smoke pot is the only solution.”

      Don’t agree, tbh I think our species really needs to evolve, letting go of things like substance abuse, religion and politics. Not sure how you get there or what will replace it but that’s my feeling on the subject…

    70. Kismet Hardy — on 12th July, 2006 at 2:24 pm  

      Leon, spoken like a true pot head

    71. Leon — on 12th July, 2006 at 2:30 pm  

      Shut it! :P

      Just read over what I wrote and thought “oh god I sound like i’m about to break out into singing Imagine by John Lennon”…

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