You’re being too hard on yourself. "Humans have the largest geographic range of any mammal, inhabiting all continents, remote oceanic islands, in habitats as diverse as deserts, tundra, and rainforest. Published on September 23, 2020. If our understanding of physics is correct, our universe has a limited amount of what is called free energy—the stuff you need to do anything.

It is not that we should have found intelligence life in the universe by now if it exists.

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"The Sun", "Sun", "Sun Online" are registered trademarks or trade names of News Group Newspapers Limited. Second, we need to distinguish between rocky planets with moons of sufficient mass to exert an influence on water. "We know from all the data we have for threatened species, that the biggest threats are agriculture expansion and the global demand for meat. Many of these cultures surely had their share of Elon Musks—beings who wished to colonize other worlds. James D. Miller is a professor of economics at Smith College. Climate change made Homo vulnerable and hapless in the past, and this may just be happening again.". However, there are a few things which swing in favour for humanity. Almost all species that ever lived, over 99.9 percent, are extinct. Why hasn’t the same happened in our galaxy? (American physicists did significantly underestimate the explosive yield of a 1954 hydrogen bomb test, because they didn’t understand how the presence of lithium-7 would affect the reaction.) Sexual dimorphism and sexual selection. The goal was to understand the climate preferences of those early humans and how they reacted to changes in climate. I am excited to hear the actual findings, if we ever really find out!! New research published Thursday in the journal One Earth suggests climate change likely drove the earliest human species to extinction. Humans have made habitats virtually everywhere across the planet in many different conditions - something which the rest of the animal kingdom has not accomplished.
But if those conditions aren’t rare—as illustrated by, say, the appearance of two life-bearing planets in the same solar system—then another reason is more likely: We haven’t seen aliens because advanced civilizations tend to self-destruct before they have time to colonize the stars. "Could such a catastrophe befall our own species?". "Some left descendants. Looking at birth rates in the developed world, it’s possible that we’re already seeing a much-ignored extinction filter which is simply the development of birth control, abortion, pornography, and so on, which disconnect the behavioral imperative to engage in reproductive activity from actual reproduction. So imagine that we can posit that a Gas Giant is not conducive to complex life (other than potentially an extremely rare extraordinarily super resilient type), because the chances of catastrophic (through gravitationally attracted impacts) events wiping out anything but this rare type would be so close to 100%, to make the chances of complex life almost negligible. The Chinese had a similar intellectual heritage, but it seems to me it skewed too collectivist to get off the ground the way European civilization did, although I’m out of my depth making any firm statements.

It may also be the case that there needs to be a sufficient number of removals of dominant life forms and established niches in order for intelligent tool-using life to exist. "It is worrisome to discover that our ancestors, which were no less impressive in terms of mental power as compared to any other species on Earth, could not resist climate change," he said. Brown bears and red foxes, with huge ranges, aren’t. "Intrinsically, losing any species is a real loss just because it exists and it has a right to exist and it has a value in itself," he told CNN. Since I was a little kid, I have always been fascinated with bugs.

Consider a terrestrial analogy: Evolution on Earth has pushed life to every sustainable niche on the planet, from deep ocean crevices to mountain peaks. To shed light on past extinctions of Homo species including H. habilis, H. ergaster, H. erectus, H. heidelbergensis, H. neanderthalensis, and H. sapiens, the researchers relied on a high-resolution past climate emulator, which provides temperature, rainfall, and other data over the last 5 million years. Naturally, with our means, that is highly unlikely.

The researchers didn't calculate our extinction risk with these in mind.

One problem is that we don’t know what technological step might be our last—the one that unleashes the Armageddon that, in retrospect, turns out to be the Great Filter. Climate change likely drove early human species to extinction, modeling study suggests Date: October 15, 2020 Source: Cell Press Summary: Of the six or more different species of early humans… The uninterrupted landmass of Eurasia allowed for a wide varieties of cultures, and crucially, for the trading of items and ideas. "Humans have vulnerabilities. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Privacy Policy Next to ours, leafcutter ant society is the most complex society on earth. You can be assured our editors closely monitor every feedback sent and will take appropriate actions.

But as one approaches the speed of light (which necessarily involves some acceleration, however slight it is), then the mass growth approaches infinity, which infinite mass requires infinite force to have any acceleration at all. We have been looking for non-earth life for ~50 years and have only really looked at the nearest two planets, neither of which is a good candidate and we haven’t done a good job of looking. Now, my reasoning is somewhat tenuous- because duplicons might have been the engine of our great leap forward, at least in part.

I only want to add that alien microbes infecting humans, with totally different genes and cellular sctructure, is about as likely as the old SF stories with aliens lusting after attractive female human earthlings. Planetary position in the “Goldilocks” zone and proximity to a gravity well like Jupiter protecting us from collisional catastrophe is just the start. Because the presence of duplicons in our DNA is proof that the Fermi Paradox is wrong. To be honest I had a better time reading it than the article itself. It may well be that a species like our ancestors might have needed this adaption in order to evolve in the time span required for intelligent tool-using life to develop, without going extinct. I think people are missing the point of the Fermi paradox. Unlike many more genetically complex species, which have far larger genomes and are super resilient within their own niche, our genome is relatively simple, by comparison to certain types of fly, and many other forms of life. If advanced life is common, we should expect that alien races would want to colonize as much of the universe as they could in the same way as humans have occupied every habitable region of Earth. For the new study, Raia and his colleagues integrated spatially organized palaeoclimatic data with information on the age and location of six Homo fossil species. Of course, all this is incredibly speculative, and at the very least I hope I’ve given you a good laugh, but I also hope the source material provided has given you food for thought, and made you wonder at the remote possibility that I might be right. "Although human activity is dramatically increasing extinction rates for many species, species extinctions were regular occurrences long before humanity emerged. At the very least, this gesture would help convince any aliens we encounter on our (hopefully successful) colonizing missions that we’re a species they can trust. Why don’t they possess the duplicon phenomenon? "There is some sort of homo sapiens-centrism in our minds," Raia said. Copyright © 2020 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Collisions of black holes waste enormous amounts of free energy. Why haven’t aliens already done this? We could have just asked @notor. Two of these three scenarios lack the potential for fire as a technological building block, not to mention the fact that these environments might lack the object diversity required for a species to adapt the conceptual ability to access tool use. For example, the Great Filter is probably not the economic cost of colonizing other worlds. Mr Longrich said: "Geographically widespread organisms fare better during catastrophes such as an asteroid impact, and between mass extinction events. they actually are here. This week’s report that astronomers have discovered possible evidence of life on Venus is good news for science journalists. READ MORE: Sea levels hits RECORD high as UN stress need for 'urgent action'. What if igniting an atomic bomb really could destroy a planet’s atmosphere, but through long and complex chemical and thermodynamic chain reactions that we wouldn’t understand until long after the first one had been detonated? Once a species masters self-replicating machines, it seems likely it could take over other star systems at a tiny cost relative to its (by then) enormous economic output. Of the six or more different species of early humans, all belonging to the genus Homo, only we Homo sapiens have managed to survive. Gumbs told CNN that, as a result of human encroachment on natural habitats around the world because of farming, housing and meat consumption, there is a decline of some of the "most unique animals on the planet.". "It's not too late -- we can identify these areas and still, where these species are clinging on, we can hopefully influence conservation actions to protect these and restore these areas," he said.