Evolution

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    Feb 01, 2014 7:07 AM GMT
    Did you know that whale and hippopotamus evolute from mammals that hang around water? Eventually the whale progenies thrive farther and deeper into the sea.

    I can imagine that eventually there will be creatures that evolute to live in space from Earth allowing us to take flight when our Sun dies and our Earth with it.
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    Feb 01, 2014 7:26 AM GMT
    Some people think that there already are.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panspermia

    I think that it is worth pointing out that the lifespan of the Earth as a habitable planet is approximately 5 billion years. 4 billion of which have already elapsed. During which time, exactly 1 (one) species has evolved that is capable of leaving the planet and (theoretically) perpetuating the genetic heritage of all known living organisms. So a non-religeous case can be made that Homo sapiens is the most important species on Earth. And that space exploration is our most important function.

    Meanwhile, I'm still waiting to make out with some dudes with tentacles.
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    Feb 01, 2014 7:31 AM GMT
    ^500 million years is all we have left because the Sun will be too weak even though it is still radiating to sustain life.
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    Feb 01, 2014 7:44 AM GMT
    Um... no... the sun is expanding. Another billion years is about how much time we have until the seas boil away. Assuming that nothing else happens first. It's an absolute limit.
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    Feb 01, 2014 7:49 AM GMT
    Not sure about the whole evolution thing. I mean, look at Republicans.
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    Feb 01, 2014 7:50 AM GMT
    Here is Wikipedia from which I took the conservative measure. The Earth will last longer but life as we know it today will be gone in 500 million years:

    Estimates on how much longer the planet will be able to continue to support life range from 500 million years (myr), to as long as 2.3 billion years (byr). The future of the planet is closely tied to that of the Sun. As a result of the steady accumulation of helium at the Sun's core, the star's total luminosity will slowly increase. The luminosity of the Sun will grow by 10% over the next 1.1 byr and by 40% over the next 3.5 byr. Climate models indicate that the rise in radiation reaching the Earth is likely to have dire consequences, including the loss of the planet's oceans.
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    Feb 01, 2014 7:52 AM GMT
    Well, parasitism is a very efficient evolutionary endpoint. Eventually, parasites can become a new organ in your body. Excuse me, I have to vomit a little.
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    Feb 01, 2014 7:54 AM GMT
    woodsmen saidHere is Wikipedia from which I took the conservative measure. The Earth will last longer but life as we know it today will be gone in 500 million years:

    Estimates on how much longer the planet will be able to continue to support life range from 500 million years (myr), to as long as 2.3 billion years (byr). The future of the planet is closely tied to that of the Sun. As a result of the steady accumulation of helium at the Sun's core, the star's total luminosity will slowly increase. The luminosity of the Sun will grow by 10% over the next 1.1 byr and by 40% over the next 3.5 byr. Climate models indicate that the rise in radiation reaching the Earth is likely to have dire consequences, including the loss of the planet's oceans.


    Um, yeah. That's what I said. I sometimes go to the meetings at which this stuff is debated. And I can tell you that those meetings all end with massive consumption of alcohol.
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    Feb 01, 2014 1:36 PM GMT
    I love that word "evolute" that the poster coined. I have to use that in a sentence today. It could be used the describe something that evolves into a convoluted mess, which would describe many of the forums on here, icon_smile.gif
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    Feb 01, 2014 3:33 PM GMT
    strongbull saidI love that word "evolute" that the poster coined. I have to use that in a sentence today. It could be used the describe something that evolves into a convoluted mess, which would describe many of the forums on here, icon_smile.gif


    I like it!
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    Feb 01, 2014 3:44 PM GMT
    Aristoshark saidNot sure about the whole evolution thing. I mean, look at Republicans.


    Always good for a laugh:

    http://www.conservapedia.com/Evolution
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    Feb 01, 2014 4:02 PM GMT
    strongbull saidI love that word "evolute" that the poster coined. I have to use that in a sentence today. It could be used the describe something that evolves into a convoluted mess, which would describe many of the forums on here, icon_smile.gif


    I love evolute!
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    Feb 01, 2014 4:22 PM GMT
    kevexboy saidevolute? That word has to do with geometry, not evolutionary biology. icon_rolleyes.gif


    It's too good of a word to be stuck in Geometry. We have re-purpose it.
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    Feb 01, 2014 4:36 PM GMT
    ^Giggles!
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    Feb 01, 2014 4:37 PM GMT
    themachine said
    Aristoshark saidNot sure about the whole evolution thing. I mean, look at Republicans.


    Always good for a laugh:

    http://www.conservapedia.com/Evolution

    They have it categorized as "pseudoscience". That's rich.
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    Feb 01, 2014 4:43 PM GMT
    ^That is devolution! Giggles!
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    Feb 01, 2014 4:44 PM GMT
    themachine said
    Aristoshark saidNot sure about the whole evolution thing. I mean, look at Republicans.


    Always good for a laugh:

    http://www.conservapedia.com/Evolution


    Smh... I didn't know there was such a thing as Conservapedia. Dear God. A biased way to get information... f*ck me.

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    Feb 01, 2014 4:46 PM GMT
    bischero said
    Smh... I didn't know there was such a thing as Conservapedia. Dear God. A biased way to get information... f*ck me.

    It was started by Andrew Schlafly. That should explain it all.
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    Feb 01, 2014 4:50 PM GMT
    Did you know that Africans are pure Homo sapiens (100%)? The rest of us has about 4% genes from Neanderthal.
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    Feb 01, 2014 4:54 PM GMT
    Phyllis had a sex change?
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    Feb 01, 2014 4:55 PM GMT
    ^Giggles!
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    Feb 01, 2014 4:59 PM GMT
    strongbull saidI love that word "evolute" that the poster coined. I have to use that in a sentence today. It could be used the describe something that evolves into a convoluted mess, which would describe many of the forums on here, icon_smile.gif


    I love to conversate about evolute.
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    Feb 01, 2014 5:05 PM GMT
    Aristoshark saidNot sure about the whole evolution thing. I mean, look at Republicans.
    Giggles! So you don't believe in evolution because of Republicans. Can I venture to say this is the reason you don't believe in God also?
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    Feb 01, 2014 5:06 PM GMT
    woodsmen saidDid you know that Africans are pure Homo sapiens (100%)? The rest of us has about 4% genes from Neanderthal.


    Not that there's anything wrong with that . . .
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    Feb 01, 2014 5:07 PM GMT
    woodsmen saidDid you know that Africans are pure Homo sapiens (100%)? The rest of us has about 4% genes from Neanderthal.

    Interesting but I've been studying evolution my entire life and have never come across that. Reference please?
    As far as the Earth dying from the Sun burning out goes, I tend to believe as many scientists do; the reason we'll never discover alien life is that there is a brief window between discovering technology and someone blowing the planet up.
    It's a very bleek outlook, I know.