This topic is more likely then not the result of to much time to speculate, discuss.
(Whoopsie, used to clicking on OTD, my bad)
[Edited by fault2k, 5/1/2010 1:24:09 PM]
All life on Earth came from single-celled organisms to which Oxygen was toxic, and as they died out as the Oxygen-producing organisms began to spread and develop, new life came from those that adapted and survived to become indifferent to or dependent upon Oxygen to survive.
Several thousand years down from there, and here we are, destroying our environment with reckless abandon (Don't get me started on that oil rig that exploded. The slick is going to hit Louisiana, Georgia, Mississippi, etc. hard which will kill the availability of fresh shrimp and other shellfish caught in the region...). It's only natural that evolution dictates that new sentient life, be it terrestrial or otherwise, develop to oppose us and our destructive ways.
Not within our lifetime of course, it's a gradual process. We were, of course, once confined to using stone, bone, wood, and naturally occurring items to make our lives easier. Spears of wood or bone tipped with sharpened stone, eating our meat raw with no means to cook it with. Honestly, I wouldn't doubt that the next sentient life came from lupine, vulpine, or feline origins due to their intelligence as of right now. Maybe even equine.
But I digress, it's inevitable that we're going to have to share the planet with more sentient species within the next few thousand years.
[Edited by fault2k, 5/1/2010 1:42:11 PM]
The way we treat our planet now, I'll bet sentient species frown upon us and look somewhere else.
Unless we start taking care of this Earth, it will barely make it past the year 3000. Heck, it could die out before then. With all of our factories releasing the toxins, the oil rig off the coast of Louisiana (which has sprung a third leak underwater and, for some ridiculous reason, cannot be mended to at this time), and all of the species that are endangered are in the biggest threat of the world.
Not to mention, my generation of people, with all the obesity, will most likely die off before our parents. I'm not obese or even overweight. But for those of you that are, Death is staring you in the face. Mocking you.
At the same time, maybe those sentient species will help us out some. If they're not hostile. But they have every reason to be. Don't you agree?
**By sentient species, I mean space aliens.
[Edited by LifeOfGaming, 5/1/2010 1:47:53 PM]
Dolphins are doing just fine as they are, so they will not change. Nothing will change until there's a need for it.
With over-population, this world is going to crumble eventually. And I'm not talking about 2012 (how many of you agree with that accusation, btw?), I'm talking much worse. Where wild animals go insane, killing each other off in a struggle for survival as our needs grow more and more with each born baby. We've had to cut down numerous forests, nearly killed off many species (and somehow managed to revive them), and contain species. Do you honestly think that cute little otter enjoys that cage where it's away from it's family?! And if it's born into it, it doesn't know any other world than inside that cage. Face it, we humans are greedy and ignorant; naturally.
That's a decent point but it doesn't really have the possibility to be backed by evidence. We've only been able to come up with theories like these for the past few hundred years or so, that's not long enough to make a definitive statement. Us as human beings didn't need to evolve from living in caves and hunting and gathering, yet are intelligence continued to grow rapidly, in remarkable time. In several thousand years we went from living in huts and shacks and stone buildings to where we are now, and not entirely out of necessity.
As for your point of view, LifeOfGaming, Human's are a very versatile species, I don't think we'll die off that easily, we will do what we have to do to survive, even if it isn't pretty.
[Edited by fault2k, 5/1/2010 1:55:56 PM]
We can't kill our planet, to think we can is arrogant.
We can kill ourselves off, we can kill other species, but the Earth will just shrug us off and continue without us.