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Environmental Nihilism

gingerbread-man
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1/27/2015 5:37:57 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
Considering that 99.9 per cent of all the animals that have ever lived are now extinct, should we care so much about a few cuddly bears and frogs if over a little bit of time others will fill the niche that they leave behind?

Also, ignoring the fact that we may need some for our own survival - why do we care so much when historically they are all doomed anyway?
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Smithereens
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1/27/2015 8:01:02 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
da heck is with all the nihilism.
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1/27/2015 8:03:46 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 1/27/2015 5:37:57 AM, gingerbread-man wrote:
Considering that 99.9 per cent of all the animals that have ever lived are now extinct, should we care so much about a few cuddly bears and frogs if over a little bit of time others will fill the niche that they leave behind?

Also, ignoring the fact that we may need some for our own survival - why do we care so much when historically they are all doomed anyway?

I don't see how it matters why we care so much. We just do. That's enough to function.
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1/27/2015 8:16:32 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 1/27/2015 5:37:57 AM, gingerbread-man wrote:
Considering that 99.9 per cent of all the animals that have ever lived are now extinct, should we care so much about a few cuddly bears and frogs if over a little bit of time others will fill the niche that they leave behind?

Also, ignoring the fact that we may need some for our own survival - why do we care so much when historically they are all doomed anyway?

I have my gripes with the conservation movement. Personally, I think we should let the pandas go extinct and redirect all that funding to saving beetles.
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1/27/2015 9:02:10 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 1/27/2015 5:37:57 AM, gingerbread-man wrote:
Considering that 99.9 per cent of all the animals that have ever lived are now extinct, should we care so much about a few cuddly bears and frogs if over a little bit of time others will fill the niche that they leave behind?

Also, ignoring the fact that we may need some for our own survival - why do we care so much when historically they are all doomed anyway?

Ignoring the fact that environmental stability is good for our chances of survival, is, for me at least, completely ignoring the answer to your question.
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1/27/2015 9:53:15 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 1/27/2015 8:16:32 PM, Skepsikyma wrote:
At 1/27/2015 5:37:57 AM, gingerbread-man wrote:
Considering that 99.9 per cent of all the animals that have ever lived are now extinct, should we care so much about a few cuddly bears and frogs if over a little bit of time others will fill the niche that they leave behind?

Also, ignoring the fact that we may need some for our own survival - why do we care so much when historically they are all doomed anyway?

I have my gripes with the conservation movement. Personally, I think we should let the pandas go extinct and redirect all that funding to saving beetles.

Now that's what I'm talking about....

https://www.youtube.com...
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1/27/2015 9:58:08 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 1/27/2015 9:02:10 PM, MyDinosaurHands wrote:
At 1/27/2015 5:37:57 AM, gingerbread-man wrote:
Considering that 99.9 per cent of all the animals that have ever lived are now extinct, should we care so much about a few cuddly bears and frogs if over a little bit of time others will fill the niche that they leave behind?

Also, ignoring the fact that we may need some for our own survival - why do we care so much when historically they are all doomed anyway?

Ignoring the fact that environmental stability is good for our chances of survival, is, for me at least, completely ignoring the answer to your question.

But is the plight of pandas really going to effect anyone? I mean there will be a little more bamboo to keep under control - but other than that the greatest loss would be the world's cute quotient
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1/27/2015 9:59:34 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 1/27/2015 8:01:02 PM, Smithereens wrote:
da heck is with all the nihilism.

Its probably not really nihilism, the phrase just sounded "catchy" and I wasn't really sure which forum area to put it in.
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1/27/2015 10:18:10 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 1/27/2015 9:53:15 PM, gingerbread-man wrote:
At 1/27/2015 8:16:32 PM, Skepsikyma wrote:
At 1/27/2015 5:37:57 AM, gingerbread-man wrote:
Considering that 99.9 per cent of all the animals that have ever lived are now extinct, should we care so much about a few cuddly bears and frogs if over a little bit of time others will fill the niche that they leave behind?

Also, ignoring the fact that we may need some for our own survival - why do we care so much when historically they are all doomed anyway?

I have my gripes with the conservation movement. Personally, I think we should let the pandas go extinct and redirect all that funding to saving beetles.

Now that's what I'm talking about....

https://www.youtube.com...

Beetles are pretty badass, This one hunts and kills scorpions in the wild.

So it's basically natural pest control. That's beetles: 1, pandas: 0.

And there's also the fact that an estimated 60% of beetle species haven't even been described yet, and due to habitat destruction we may never even know that many of them even existed. But go ahead and keep spending millions on mood lighting for Ling Ling.
"See now Oblivion shimmering all around us, its very tranquility deadlier than tempest. How little all our keels have troubled it."
- Lord Dunsany -

"Over her head the stars, the thoughts of God in the heavens,
Shone on the eyes of man, who had ceased to marvel and worship"
- Henry Longfellow -

"We enjoy, we see nothing by direct vision; but only by reflection, and in anatomical dismemberment."
- Thomas Carlyle -