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Silent3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-16-09 02:03 PM
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84. If you consider humans *in exactly the same way*...
...as other living organisms, rather than saddling them with some extra burden of guilt or responsibility because of intelligence (which is just another adaptive trait, just like other organisms have), humans aren't doing anything that other organisms haven't done, given the chance: recklessly pursuing their own advancement.

The first cyanobacteria poisoned the whole planet with a thing called "oxygen" that was toxic to most other organisms on the planet at the time. Various photosynthetic organisms have more than once plunged the whole planet into a deep freeze by sucking up a lot of carbon dioxide, producing the reverse of the greenhouse effect. Many smaller scale disasters have occurred over and over again as organisms overfeed and over-reproduce, depleting resources they need themselves, killing themselves off and taking down other parts of the ecosystem in the process.

I'm not saying we shouldn't try to use our brains even better than we have to avoid creating disasters -- we should, we imperil ourselves if we don't -- but I get really tired of the whole "Oh, how horrible humans are!!!" crap.
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