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Re: The Greatest Threat to Mankind?
« Reply #45 on: October 26, 2012, 11:44:29 AM »
Lack of compassion.

+1

I would have thought that the lack of clean drinking water would have been worse, but oh well.

Well, at first I was going to put the +1 on Mivac's post about man's adorable little serial killers (c.f., http://theoatmeal.com/comics/cats_actually_kill). Then I got more serious and thought about greed for a while. Then I got even more serious and decided that the absence of compassion is a source of greed. Then I had to give up, being serious is seriously depressing. If I am depressed your taxes are going to waste because I cannot solve problems in an efficient manner when I get the oc.net blues.

 

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Re: The Greatest Threat to Mankind?
« Reply #46 on: October 26, 2012, 11:58:12 AM »
Enviromental problems.
The user should probably be sleeping by now.

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Re: The Greatest Threat to Mankind?
« Reply #47 on: October 26, 2012, 01:25:26 PM »
Lack of compassion.

+1

I would have thought that the lack of clean drinking water would have been worse, but oh well.

Well, at first I was going to put the +1 on Mivac's post about man's adorable little serial killers (c.f., http://theoatmeal.com/comics/cats_actually_kill). Then I got more serious and thought about greed for a while. Then I got even more serious and decided that the absence of compassion is a source of greed. Then I had to give up, being serious is seriously depressing. If I am depressed your taxes are going to waste because I cannot solve problems in an efficient manner when I get the oc.net blues.

 

Cats are the least of our worries.  Kittens are so cute and adorable that every time I pick one up and cuddle it my usual misanthropic desires diminish.  

I would comment on the rest but I don't want my tax dollars to go to waste so I will leave it at kittens so that your mood should hopefully go up thereby increasing your efficiency.

« Last Edit: October 26, 2012, 01:25:55 PM by vamrat »
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« Reply #48 on: October 26, 2012, 01:43:38 PM »
Are you sure? It seems like moral relativism might actually solve many of our problems. Most wars and conflicts are started precisely because of moral objectivism, leading each side to believe that they are correct and that the other is wrong, causing them to fight.

Major wars aren't fought on the basis of right and wrong, but for the sake of exploitation. "I'm bigger than you, I want what you have, I'm going to take it." Sounds like a lack of morals to me.

Opposition to war and conflict, however, tends to be based on moral objectivism.
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Re: The Greatest Threat to Mankind?
« Reply #49 on: October 26, 2012, 01:55:18 PM »
Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!



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Nuclear weapons as they are are not all that effective in state-on-state conflict. 

There are a bunch of Japanese people who would like to argue with you.

If they hadn't blown all their nuclear physicists to kingdom come perhaps it is us who would be disagreeing with the alternate universe vamrat-san.  But alas...

Or if the blockheads hadn't been gassing their Jews perhaps they'd have had Einstein and we'd be disagreeing with Herr Sturmbannfuhrer Vamrat.

As it is, they tried using bayonets vs fat man and little boy.  



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Since you chose to use a look of derision rather than state a counterpoint I have to assume that you are unaware that the Germans and Japanese did naughty things in WWII, not just the US.  I understand that we had a hobby of cooking civilians alive with various sorts of bombs, but you should look up The Rape of Nanking and German actions against Partisans on both fronts. 

Next lesson will be on how GULAGs were not drum circles.



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Re: The Greatest Threat to Mankind?
« Reply #50 on: October 26, 2012, 02:20:47 PM »
Trans-humanism/Genetic Engineering

As our technological capabilities continue to increase, I fear that we may fall into the temptation of playing God with our own genes. That is, altering our humanity in an embryonic state. Imagine class divisions on unprecedented scales. Not via wealth, race, nationality, but predetermined conditions and artificially managed genes. Such a dystopic future does not even require a Brave New World-esque totalitarian regime. Effectively, some people will be able to afford to have their children genetically engineered for biological perfection (supreme intelligence, strength, stamina, etc.), while the rest of society will be operating on human 1.0. The following generation's divisions will be only more severe as the genetically engineered humans will completely and totally dominate the elite strata of society.

As "sci-fi-sh" as it may sound, it seems to be a possibility given rapid technological advancement. The worst part is that it doesn't destroy life, but alters it in nightmarish ways. It divides the human race into multiple species.

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Re: The Greatest Threat to Mankind?
« Reply #51 on: October 26, 2012, 02:39:38 PM »
The more I thought about the original question, the more clear the answer became. The greatest threat to mankind is what it always has been - mans inhumanity to mankind and our inherent hubris. Either or both have gotten us into trouble since the days of Paradise.

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Re: The Greatest Threat to Mankind?
« Reply #52 on: October 26, 2012, 03:20:59 PM »
Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!



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Nuclear weapons as they are are not all that effective in state-on-state conflict. 

There are a bunch of Japanese people who would like to argue with you.

If they hadn't blown all their nuclear physicists to kingdom come perhaps it is us who would be disagreeing with the alternate universe vamrat-san.  But alas...

Or if the blockheads hadn't been gassing their Jews perhaps they'd have had Einstein and we'd be disagreeing with Herr Sturmbannfuhrer Vamrat.

As it is, they tried using bayonets vs fat man and little boy.  



stay blessed,
habte selassie

Since you chose to use a look of derision rather than state a counterpoint I have to assume that you are unaware that the Germans and Japanese did naughty things in WWII, not just the US.  I understand that we had a hobby of cooking civilians alive with various sorts of bombs, but you should look up The Rape of Nanking and German actions against Partisans on both fronts. 

Next lesson will be on how GULAGs were not drum circles.



stay blessed,
habte selassie

No no!  I'm being totally cereal!  I know the Nazis had super awesome uniforms and were like totally the hipsters of the early/mid 20th century, but they did do some naughty things.  You just gotta read about it!  The Japanese too.  I mean, they totally had an anime army and used that awesome flag and such, but they did lot's of mean things too!  Just ask the Chinese!
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Re: The Greatest Threat to Mankind?
« Reply #53 on: October 26, 2012, 03:25:36 PM »
My family tells me that the Japanese were very nice when they weren't decapitating or raping people.

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« Reply #54 on: October 26, 2012, 03:34:49 PM »
Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!





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Nuclear weapons as they are are not all that effective in state-on-state conflict. 

There are a bunch of Japanese people who would like to argue with you.

If they hadn't blown all their nuclear physicists to kingdom come perhaps it is us who would be disagreeing with the alternate universe vamrat-san.  But alas...

Or if the blockheads hadn't been gassing their Jews perhaps they'd have had Einstein and we'd be disagreeing with Herr Sturmbannfuhrer Vamrat.

As it is, they tried using bayonets vs fat man and little boy.  



stay blessed,
habte selassie

Since you chose to use a look of derision rather than state a counterpoint I have to assume that you are unaware that the Germans and Japanese did naughty things in WWII, not just the US.  I understand that we had a hobby of cooking civilians alive with various sorts of bombs, but you should look up The Rape of Nanking and German actions against Partisans on both fronts. 

Next lesson will be on how GULAGs were not drum circles.



stay blessed,
habte selassie

No no!  I'm being totally cereal!  I know the Nazis had super awesome uniforms and were like totally the hipsters of the early/mid 20th century, but they did do some naughty things.  You just gotta read about it!  The Japanese too.  I mean, they totally had an anime army and used that awesome flag and such, but they did lot's of mean things too!  Just ask the Chinese!



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Re: The Greatest Threat to Mankind?
« Reply #55 on: October 26, 2012, 03:40:54 PM »
Greatest threat to mankind: Mankind lacking love & mercy
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Re: The Greatest Threat to Mankind?
« Reply #56 on: October 26, 2012, 04:00:13 PM »
Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!





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Nuclear weapons as they are are not all that effective in state-on-state conflict. 

There are a bunch of Japanese people who would like to argue with you.

If they hadn't blown all their nuclear physicists to kingdom come perhaps it is us who would be disagreeing with the alternate universe vamrat-san.  But alas...

Or if the blockheads hadn't been gassing their Jews perhaps they'd have had Einstein and we'd be disagreeing with Herr Sturmbannfuhrer Vamrat.

As it is, they tried using bayonets vs fat man and little boy.  



stay blessed,
habte selassie

Since you chose to use a look of derision rather than state a counterpoint I have to assume that you are unaware that the Germans and Japanese did naughty things in WWII, not just the US.  I understand that we had a hobby of cooking civilians alive with various sorts of bombs, but you should look up The Rape of Nanking and German actions against Partisans on both fronts. 

Next lesson will be on how GULAGs were not drum circles.



stay blessed,
habte selassie

No no!  I'm being totally cereal!  I know the Nazis had super awesome uniforms and were like totally the hipsters of the early/mid 20th century, but they did do some naughty things.  You just gotta read about it!  The Japanese too.  I mean, they totally had an anime army and used that awesome flag and such, but they did lot's of mean things too!  Just ask the Chinese!



stay blessed,
habte selassie

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Re: The Greatest Threat to Mankind?
« Reply #57 on: October 26, 2012, 06:40:08 PM »
My family tells me that the Japanese were very nice when they weren't decapitating or raping people.

Did they tell you what Master whitey did to the bad slave who wanted freedom too.

Or how Orientals were treated in The west, after they built the railroad for us.

Course the Indians would attest to the integrity of the people who live here .
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Re: The Greatest Threat to Mankind?
« Reply #58 on: October 26, 2012, 07:18:14 PM »
My family tells me that the Japanese were very nice when they weren't decapitating or raping people.

Did they tell you what Master whitey did to the bad slave who wanted freedom too.

Or how Orientals were treated in The west, after they built the railroad for us.

Course the Indians would attest to the integrity of the people who live here .

Not sure what point you're trying to make here. Yes, whitey will pay.

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Re: The Greatest Threat to Mankind?
« Reply #59 on: October 26, 2012, 07:26:40 PM »
Zombies, obviously. And ones that learn and adapt quickly.
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« Reply #60 on: October 26, 2012, 07:27:52 PM »
The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the deadly light into the peace and safety of a new dark age.

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« Reply #61 on: October 26, 2012, 07:46:22 PM »
The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the deadly light into the peace and safety of a new dark age.

I cannot express how much I sincerely look forward to reading your dystopian epic novel. Godspeed in writing it.
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Re: The Greatest Threat to Mankind?
« Reply #62 on: October 26, 2012, 07:47:32 PM »
Sorry, in this case I'm plagiarizing. It's from the opening to "Call of Cthulhu." :)
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« Reply #63 on: October 26, 2012, 08:25:42 PM »
Zombies, obviously. And ones that learn and adapt quickly.

O man why didn't I say that

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Re: The Greatest Threat to Mankind?
« Reply #64 on: November 01, 2012, 03:51:30 PM »
"May Thy Cross, O Lord, in which I seek refuge, be for me a bridge across the great river of fire.  May I pass along it to the habitation of life." ~St. Ephraim the Syrian

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« Reply #65 on: November 01, 2012, 05:02:42 PM »
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Re: The Greatest Threat to Mankind?
« Reply #66 on: November 02, 2012, 12:19:51 AM »
I made my first Isa sized post, and no one notices. :(

I'm just seeing this thread now, but I totally noticed. I LOLed. I LOLed a lot. A few of my favorite parts:

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You may be thinking, "If we get a time machine, and realize it will destroy the universe, then all we'd have to do is travel back in time and destroy the time machine! Easy!". But then...if we destroyed the time machine, then we wouldn't be able to go back in time... so the machine would remain intact, in which case we could use it to go back and... Look, we don't know. Screw science.

Totally reminded me of this part of The Time Machine: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZqusBSK2B0

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Nevertheless, scientists are pretty sure they can contain their Big Bang in an erlenmeyer flask, just so long as they remember to cork it.

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Experts assure us that based on everything we know about science, the chances of doom are fairly slim. Experts also say LHC will change everything we know about science.

Good stuff.

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« Reply #67 on: November 02, 2012, 12:00:59 PM »
I made my first Isa sized post, and no one notices. :(

I had not noticed.  I was too busy trying to convince Habte the Japanese did in fact commit war crimes in WWII.   :P

But I have read it now.

Basically, your post turned the area of my desk into a Hadron Lol Collider.
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« Reply #68 on: November 02, 2012, 01:26:24 PM »
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« Reply #69 on: November 02, 2012, 05:04:05 PM »
I'm just seeing this thread now, but I totally noticed. I LOLed. I LOLed a lot.

But I have read it now.

Basically, your post turned the area of my desk into a Hadron Lol Collider.

Thank you! Recognition! ;D
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« Reply #70 on: November 02, 2012, 05:15:15 PM »
Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

  I was too busy trying to convince Habte the Japanese did in fact commit war crimes in WWII.   :P




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« Reply #71 on: November 02, 2012, 05:19:49 PM »
Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

  I was too busy trying to convince Habte the Japanese did in fact commit war crimes in WWII.   :P




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« Reply #72 on: November 02, 2012, 05:26:42 PM »
After reading some of the comments about Star Wars, could the acquisition of Lucasfilms by Disney be THE threat???  ;) ;) ;)

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« Reply #73 on: November 24, 2012, 07:58:55 AM »
I think the greatest threat to mankind is man's constant inner struggle with his being.

We've a duality in our nature that has us create and perform great works of beauty and wonder. Yet we've still got people dying by the millions over hunger, disease and acts of violence stemmed from Racism and tribalism.

It's a tricky one, but we are in danger of painting ourselves into a corner, if we haven't already.

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« Reply #75 on: November 25, 2012, 03:17:30 AM »
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The greatest threat to mankind is mankind


Good one. You should copyright this!


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« Reply #76 on: November 25, 2012, 02:35:26 PM »
Our very own G2V star could be quite a serious danger

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« Reply #77 on: November 25, 2012, 04:57:22 PM »
The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the deadly light into the peace and safety of a new dark age.

Ah, so you mean the Great Lord Cthulhu.


For today I think I'm going with diseases. Maybe extremely drug-resistant tuberculosis or polio or something like that. Heaven's knows as long as people don't follow their doctor's orders about their antibiotic therapy, and we keep prescribing the really hard stuff like vancomycin like candy, pathogens will continually evolve. And the anti-medicine crowd that keeps doing its best to convince people to not get vaccinated will continue to cause epidemics of lethal and yet totally preventable diseases.

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« Reply #78 on: November 25, 2012, 11:10:52 PM »
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« Reply #79 on: November 26, 2012, 12:00:37 AM »
Gentlemen:

I am.

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« Reply #80 on: December 16, 2012, 10:45:40 AM »
Mankind.
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« Reply #81 on: December 16, 2012, 03:53:35 PM »
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« Reply #82 on: December 16, 2012, 03:56:09 PM »
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« Reply #83 on: December 16, 2012, 09:58:00 PM »
My family tells me that the Japanese were very nice when they weren't decapitating or raping people.

Did they tell you what Master whitey did to the bad slave who wanted freedom too.

Or how Orientals were treated in The west, after they built the railroad for us.

Course the Indians would attest to the integrity of the people who live here .

Yes, I imaging the Indian Orthodox who built the railroads would be great character witnesses.
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Re: The Greatest Threat to Mankind?
« Reply #84 on: December 16, 2012, 10:00:27 PM »
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Re: The Greatest Threat to Mankind?
« Reply #86 on: December 17, 2012, 05:15:34 AM »
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The greatest threat to mankind is mankind


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Re: The Greatest Threat to Mankind?
« Reply #87 on: January 15, 2013, 03:16:01 AM »
Greatest threat to mankind: Moral relativism.

i agree, well at least that it is one of the greatest threats
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Re: The Greatest Threat to Mankind?
« Reply #88 on: January 15, 2013, 04:49:56 AM »
Womankind.

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Re: The Greatest Threat to Mankind?
« Reply #89 on: July 24, 2013, 06:58:31 PM »
I'm changing my vote to fish tacos. Nothing good can come of them.