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Human Extinction

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When Will We All Die?: The Statistics of Human Extinction

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We humans like to think we’re special in basically all ways, but if the history of life is any indication, our species has a limited time on this planet. So the question is: when are we gonna go extinct?

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Human Extinction and How To Prevent It

For the first time in Earth's history, humanity is triggering what has now been scientifically confirmed as the sixth mass extinction. Resource use and pollution are causing species loss and man-made climate change is causing rapid melting of the permafrost, releasing massive amounts of methane. If we do not change our model, we will reach a tipping point and our last hours. Second in four films in the Green World Rising Series. Narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, presented by Thom Hartmann and directed by Leila Conners, produced by Tree Media with the support of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. Find out more at

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Did Humans Almost Go Extinct? | Random Thursday

70,000 years ago, the human population hit a major bottleneck, and scientists aren't exactly sure why.

One of the more popular explanations has been the Toba explosion, the massive explosion of the Toba supervolcano that occurred at roughly that same time, but has been mostly disproven.

DNA evidence shows that African populations, especially the ancient Khoi and San people of Africa, show far more genetic diversity than those who came out of Africa according to the out of Africa theory. The study showed that those that came out of Africa descended from between 1000 and 10,000 breeding pairs.

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An Ancient Human Species Went Extinct Because It Was "Lazy"

Researchers at Australian National University think our fellow hominids, Homo erectus, went extinct because they didn't want to spend a lot of energy in making stone tools or gathering resources.

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How Long Can Humans Outrun Extinction?

In a few million years, we’re going to have to leave Earth if we want to survive. But how long can we actually outrun extinction before the universe becomes uninhabitable to us?

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10 Unsettling Ways Humans Could Go Extinct

An exploration of ten ways humans could go extinct other than the usual concepts of nuclear war, anthropogenic climate change, and asteroid impacts.

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The 11 Greatest Threats To Humanity

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Why it’s time to think about human extinction | Dr David Suzuki

After listening to this ep with Dr David Suzuki, you’ll never be the same again. The environmentalist, activist, professor of genetics and science broadcaster hits us with some home truths about what our future will look like if we continue to live the way we have been. What will life be like for our children and grandchildren? Can the damage we’ve done to the planet be reversed? Is extinction of the human race imminent?

We talk about population control, the importance of renewable energy and discuss what we can do right now in our own lives that can actually make a difference. This is for anyone who cares about the future of mankind.

20:06 Why humanity has only got 1 minute left to live
25:25 Humans are the only species that don't care about their own children
29:17 Educate yourself on politics or don't complain about the government
36:26 Can we be saved from our own extinction?
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Edge of Extinction: My Changing Perspective on Abrupt Climate Change

Message from Afrizen: “In my journey through the DABDA stages of grieving, regarding my understanding and expectation of what is to come in terms of anthropomorphic climate change, this song expresses my time in the first A - Anger. With time and reflection I've made it through to the second A, Acceptance, and my position regarding my lyrics has changed. They made sense when my assumptions were 1. that humanity and nature are separate, 2. that humanity is committing crimes against nature, and 3. that humanity will be punished for doing so. My thinking now is that 1. I don't see a fundamental distinction between our species and the rest of nature, and 2. humanity is behaving exactly in accordance with its evolved genetic imperatives to survive, thrive and multiply today, regardless of the consequences tomorrow. I think my lyrics' vitriolic theme and tone are misplaced and I suspect the song's effect might possibly be to either foster or reinforce anger and bitterness in listeners. These are natural and appropriate emotions when first waking up to the predicament we are in (as I understand it) but, in my personal experience, anger and bitterness are unhelpful and detrimental if not worked through and overcome. The upsides of this new perspective for me are greater compassion and tolerance for my fellows, greater peace of mind and general happiness. I can only wish the same for others who are going through this.”

Would Human Extinction Be Good For Planet Earth? | Unveiled

Humankind has walked the Earth for thousands of years, but would our planet really miss us if we were gone? Or would our absence actually be a benefit for Mother Nature, and the environment? Life on Earth would certainly never be the same again! What do you think would happen?

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5 Times Humanity Almost Went Extinct

Humanity has come closer to extinction more times than what the public may be aware of, nuclear weapons and super volcanoes placed our species in peril multiple times and sometimes it has been the actions of a few heroic men who saved the world.

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10 Things That Will Happen When Humans Go Extinct

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This topic is rather morbid, but we do have a wild fascination for theories as to how our world could end. We have been taught for years that everything that begins must have an ending, and considering how long Earth has been around, the clock is ticking for our home planet. And because we are more fascinated by how things will end than just accepting our inevitable demise, hundreds of theories have emerged in order to try to hypothesize and make sense of it all. Just as the dinosaurs are extinct, everyone wonders for a period of time (or two) just how far away humanity is from extinction, and just how it will happen. Some of the theories are fairly peaceful, but there are others that are truly terrifying. Here are some of the most devastating ways that humanity could end.
The first theory is pretty real since we are in the midst of it; global warming. The years 2005 and 2010 were the warmest years compared to the previous century, and the result of global warming is bizarre climate change. With the funky seasons and weather conditions that have plagued us in the 21st century, one has to wonder if maybe we’ve gone too far with our pollution and are on our way to meet our end because of our own foolish actions. The next theory is death by asteroid, which is pretty scary considering that we don’t have much control over the course of massive rocks that could hit our planet at any moment. Our Earth and Moon have been hit with asteroids before, which is speculated as to that was what killed the dinosaurs.
The next thing that could wipe out humanity is a pandemic. With the Ebola scare, and other unknown illnesses that are killing people left and right, it is rather easy to spread a massive virus and do some population control. While vaccines are being perfected every day, they have to be updated annually because viruses and diseases are constantly adapting and evolving. That is scary in of itself right there. Speaking of illnesses, there has even been several rumors that the government is working on mind-control viruses as a biological weapon, thus setting off a zombie apocalypse. But let us not forget that we can also literally kill ourselves with nuclear war. With governments of various countries constantly pointing weapons at each other with veiled threats (for now), it’s only a matter of time before one side starts firing and sets off a rapid fire exchange of nuclear weapons, thus killing millions and setting off a nuclear winter that could last for years.
The next thing that could kill humanity is something that you are using right at this very moment; your computer. Computers are being used in almost every aspect of everyday life from work, to home, medical facilities, shopping, dining, and more. What would happen if computers would ever become aware? It’s not like there is anything that humanity could give back to them in order to survive.
From Mother Nature to our own hand, there are so many devastating ways that humanity could end. The question and mystery that remains is the how.

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Existential Risk & Human Extinction: An Intellectual History (Thomas Moynihan)

Of late, 'existential risks' have become the target of rigorous study. We are becoming ever more conversant with risks of increasing scope and severity. Yet, this dynamic, of our growing concern for our own extinction, itself has a history. Accordingly, this talk attempts to supply a history to the first discovery of the idea of human extinction. We first became gripped by such prospects during the Age of Enlightenment. The prime reason why anticipations of our extinction were absent prior to this era was the age-old conviction that it is the nature of the universe to be as full of value as is possible. Thus, should we die out today, humans (or axiologically equitable beings) would simply reemerge tomorrow. Extinction could have no stakes. This talk explores the unbinding of such cosmic nonchalance, and our realisation of the precariousness and preciousness of terrestrial intelligence, tracing it through the philosophical and scientific breakthroughs of the Age of Reason.

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‘Savage instincts’ excuse leads to human extinction

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In this presentation, World Transformation Movement founder and biologist Jeremy Griffith emphasises how extremely sinister and dangerous the false ‘savage instincts’ excuse for human behaviour is.

Used as the basis of the left-wing political philosophy that we have no choice other than to dogmatically impose ‘good’ or ‘correct’ behaviour on our supposedly unchangeable competitive and aggressive instincts, left-wing dogma was leading humanity straight to extinction because it stifled the freedom of expression needed to search for knowledge, ultimately for self-knowledge, the all-redeeming and transforming understanding of our good-and-evil-conflicted human condition needed to actually bring an end to our psychologically troubled condition. We humans needed to be able to understand our way to freedom from our distressed condition; we needed relieving answers for our mind, brain-food not brain-anaesthetic.

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10 Reasons Humans Will Be Extinct in 1000 Years

With global warming and political unrest, the chances of humans surviving to a Star Trek-like utopia seem to get slimmer every year.

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