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Are humans the greatest mistake made by nature?

Asked by: Shreepech
  • Not getting hung up on the literalness of the question but understanding what the question means my answer is as follows.

    I think human consciousness is a tragic misstep in evolution. We became too self-aware. Nature created an aspect of nature separate from itself - we are creatures that should not exist by natural law... We are things that labor under the illusion of having a self, that accretion of sensory experience and feelings, programmed with total assurance that we are each somebody, when in fact everybody's nobody... I think the honorable thing for our species to do is to deny our programming. Stop reproducing, walk hand in hand into extinction - one last midnight, brothers and sisters opting out of a raw deal.

    Posted by: hect
  • Nature is committing suicide.

    Humanity is the closest thing to a biological weapon ever made.
    The average human can adapt to the environment, and in sufficiently large groups, humans can make the environment adapt to their liking. Humanity is also self-maintaining, in that if left alone, it will still keep alive and expand.
    Human history has been one of taking what we want and giving whatever our pride would let us. And nature knows that we're going to have our way with it no matter what.
    There is an abbreviation of the term I want to use, that I'm quoting /tg/ on: HFY.

  • Humans are indeed the greatest mistake made by Nature

    Humans are indeed the biggest evolutionary mistake. We are a grave mistake made by nature. The nature's law permits every living or non-living organism to live equally. The nature selects which species can survive over the time. Since our inception 300 million years ago, humans have constantly made only mistakes for the sake of their own survival. Today, the Earth or nature is in a state because of only one being, humans. The greatest advantage we have, is our Big Brains, hence, "self-consciousness," allowing us to contradict nature's law and survive over the time in every environment possible. If it wasn't for our brains, nature would have eliminated us long time ago.

    Our lifestyle is a major contradiction on nature's theory. It's inevitable that at some point of time, humans will manage to destroy the nature and move on to another planet to continue the similar lifestyle, hence, leaving behind a trail of destruction. Therefore, it won't be wrong to say that humans are the greatest or inevitable mistake made by the nature.

  • Humans are indeed the biggest evolutionary mistake

    Humans are indeed the biggest evolutionary mistake. We are a grave mistake made by nature. The nature's law permits every living or non-living organism to live equally. The nature selects which species can survive over the time. Since our inception 300 million years ago, humans have constantly made only mistakes for the sake of their own survival. Today, the Earth or nature is in a state because of only one being, humans. The greatest advantage we have, is our Big Brains, hence, "self-consciousness," allowing us to contradict nature's law and survive over the time in every environment possible. If it wasn't for our brains, nature would have eliminated us long time ago.

    Our lifestyle is a major contradiction on nature's theory. It's inevitable that at some point of time, humans will manage to destroy the nature and move on to another planet to continue the similar lifestyle, hence, leaving behind a trail of destruction. Therefore, it won't be wrong to say that humans are the greatest or inevitable mistake made by the nature.

  • Humans are nature's self-destruction

    Humans have evolved too much, became too self-aware and conscious. We have gained too much power and have dominated all food chains, which goes against nature's law. Essentially, nature has created an apex predator that has managed to separate itself from the rest of nature, humans are above nature and not within it, and therefore can do whatever they want with it. So nature has really created something that can destroy it, without realising.

  • Much of humanity is useless and stupid.

    I believe that all we are doing is destroying nature and trying to advance, even though we know that at this pace, our world would end. We use up the Earth's resources and ultimately die. Our lives are just too pointless. It has no meaning to it. If you look at an animal's life, it struggles to survive. That animals lives life. All we do is study, to get to a college, then a job, just to die in the end. Our lives don't have enough energy. I want to make it clear that even though I think humanity is largely useless, I believe that we can accomplish great things if we reduce the large numbers of useless people. If we separate the cream, we can get to great heights. We can save nature too! No one ever thought before how much we would be able to advance and how much of the world we will explore. No one thought that we would be able to travel in space, but we did. It was that cream of humanity who did that. Rest of them, basically live their lives to die. So, I think that if we reduce the uselessness of humanity and promote the goodness, we would use up less resources, we would save nature, we would be able to advance and we would ultimately, love nature!

  • Nature is not perfect.

    All species on Earth are undergoing evolution by natural selection and there is no perfect end to this process. As you say nature is a process without a conscience; natural selection is a blind chance process adapting the living forms in future generations to better suit the available and changing niches of their environment.

    Intelligence has evolved in humans more so than in any other species giving us mastery over many of them, but not all of life's species. It could be argued that bacteria still maintain the upper hand since they are vital to all life including humans.

    Yes intelligence does allow us to tamper with natural selection itself, and create unnatural variations in species, and with DNA manipulation even new species. This artificial or design selection may simply be another form of natural selection, since natural selection has given us the means by endowing us with intelligence.

    So is intelligence a successful evolutionary trait? Well it's a little early to say because humans are one of the newest species and haven't proved to be long lasting.

    Will intelligence prove to be our downfall? Intelligence may be one of the many failures of natural selection, allowing our species to make itself extinct, and taking many other species out in the process, to join the 99 percent extinctions of all species that have ever lived.

    Upsetting the natural balance of nature has happened all through evolution. Bacteria changed Earth's atmosphere over hundreds of millions of years, far more than human global warming has thus far managed, and this change led to the possibility of multicellular creatures like you and me. So all our human endeavors will in the end make an unknown difference as the blind adaptations by natural selection continue with or without us.

  • Nature doesn't make mistakes.

    Nature doesn't have a will. Nature, by definition, can't make mistakes. Nature just happens. In a sense we could be called a "mistake" because we inflict so much harm on other parts of nature. But how is that necessarily a mistake? According to what does nature strive to minimise harm? According to what does nature strive for anything? It doesn't.

    Also, we weren't "made" by nature. We developed via natural selection. But we weren't made, we just happened to develop into what we are today.

    The word "nature" refers to such a vast variety of different things, that it certainly can't be said to have done anything.

  • Absolutely not! You are made with a purpose!

    To begin with, nature didn't make you. Good made you. He loves you and, he had a purpose for you. You are made for more! :) God loved the world so much that He did this: He gave His only Son that whoever believes in Him will have eternal life! :)

  • Nature doesn't just mean trees and plants.

    The definition of nature is, the phenomena of the physical world collectively. Humans are a product of nature. So even if we killed everything else. Nature would still live in us.

    Also, even if people are saying the world would be better off without humans. You can be sure they won't be killing themselves to aid the cause.

  • "Mistake" implies objective morals.

    There are no objective morals, so there is no objective "right" or "wrong" or "good" or "bad." As such there is no "mistake." "Mistakes" can only exist when there is a goal or purpose. If there are no objective morals, then a "mistake" can only occur if nature is a conscious thing with a chosen goal or objective. Since nature is not and there are no objective morals, there are no "mistakes."

    But, lets just make an arse out of you and me and assume there is a "goal" of nature. It is clear from observations that the goal is to make creatures that thrive as best as possible. That is the only result of evolution and adaptation, to see which species adapt and thrive. Those that do, grow. Those that don't, die away. It is an eternal competition of survival of the fittest. We are just the "fittest" when it comes to survival. Under the rules of nature, we should actually be killing off all animals that are incapable of surviving.

  • There aren't mistakes

    The only driving force behind life is the preservation and passing of genetic information. Humans evolved to fit an ecological niche that we could survive in. This meant forming social structures and better brains. However, for much of humanities existence we only lived half of what we did now and lived in a hunter gatherer society, this is hardly out of balance. Only recently have we expanded, even so it is still highly due to our instincts to survive and be prosperous like every other species, we are no different than any other organism.

  • Well nature doesn't have a conscience, or a goal. So it is impossible for nature to "make a mistake".

    But I don't think that was the answer you were looking for. I think you are looking for, "are humans the biggest danger to most things in nature"

    So to answer what I think your are looking for, i would say yes and no. Still probably to vague of answer huh. Well here is the reason why. Humans have a very wide range of choices and belief. Humans can be violent, humans can be peaceful. Humans can be destroy things in nature, humans can protect things in nature. So are humans the biggest danger to things in nature, well yes they have the potential to destroy all living things on the top surface of the planet if they wanted to. But humans have great potential to help things in nature as well. Humans are effectively the only chance other living things have to survive something like a giant asteroid, climate change, and other events that can cause wide events of extinction. While humans will always cause damage to the environment, humans have the capabilities to help the environment more than they hurt it. Humans are the only creature to know so much about how it works, the only creature with the capabilities to understand disease. We are also the only creatures capable of understanding the damage we do, and thus are the only one capable of compensating for it. Even if humans cause global warming, we are the only creature capable of knowing its effects and are thus the only one that can help the environment deal with increase heat and its effects.

    So in the end, are humans the biggest threat to things in nature? Well that just depends on if we try to help it. In the end it is humanity's choice whether it is destructive, neutral, or beneficial.

  • It's not a true mistake

    Humans were not a mistake by nature. It just happened & was not a mistake. We are just like any other animal trying to survive and reproduce. We do anything we can to protect ourselves and is the same behavior with other animals. Though we are responsible for pollution & things like that, it's bound to happen either way.


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debate_power says2015-03-14T21:51:59.370
Otherclay hit the nail on the head...