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The end of existence
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Posted 1/10/08
I've got to disagree; the stupid fucking people in this world with their fingers poised over the 'FIRE' button of nuclear weapons are going to end this world.
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MattCristy:
"Intelligent as in, are capable of learning, judging, and making concious decisions."

Based on your definition of intelligence, humans aren't the only intelligent species in this world. Other primates are capable of those things also. I'm pretty sure lots of other creatures are also.

Well, humans have been greedy for as long as we know it. We can't help the fact that we live in a world where they put a price on everything. If people correctly distinguished between NEED and WANT, then maybe this world can be a better place. Unfortunately, that's not gonna happen, and it probably never will.
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i dont think its reli GREED per say.. but as u said, we basically have everything we got, wat else is there to attain?? nothing.. so wats the meaning of life after this?? theres no meaning to it anymore, u have everything, u dont hafta fight for survival.. life is meaningless then, so ppl alight on the idea of world domination (or something along those lines) thats a worthy goal, it gives their life meaning and i think they alredi knew subconsciously that it wouldnt be possible in one lifetime, so thats why they do it, to give their life meaning by never attaining but giving it their all

notice how napoleon died very shortly after his imprisonment? its cuz he realized its ended and theres no way to continue his goal anymore, he lost the will to live, to fight for survival, i bet if he still saw a chance he wouldve held out longer

having no goal, no motivationm no point in trying in life is the end to the meaning of ur existence
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I think we would be the cause for our own deaths.
It's just... wrong. We as humans, should take care of the beings on this earth, but instead, we destroy them. Soon, we'll even destroy ourselves.
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The end of existance huh? Immagining nothing to happen will be a blank, I wouldnt want to sleep. not feeling cold nor warmth. not experiencing sadness or happiness, looking forward or back. Intelligence is a gift, at the same time a curse, as i look at my books, i saw what man has created. this next line is out of topic but, its because of mans laziness and will to gain more fortunes that inspired us to create machines. the only problem is if we make machines intelligent enough to have their own self consience, remarking on the anime (The Ghost in the Shell). and (The matrix) that the human race hath created its own demise.

Back to the topic at hand. I thought about this poll, and if you think about it. its quite all too complicated, to be quite frank.
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intelligence is not bad its only ppl who use it in a wrong way are bad
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You hit on many things, but I'll just go with the last one.
"is [our] intelligence a gift, or a curse?"
I'm inclined to say this is simply a false dichotomy. It is neither, but can be perceived as either. Gift and curse are rather loaded words, be more specific and factual in your questions and you'll get better answers. We can come to grips with the facts of our intelligence, but you are trying to assign a value to our intelligence. Perhaps we each have to decide the value for ourselves to some extent.

Thats a bit of philosophy though. I think naturalism allows for a more optimistic outlook on the human condition as a whole. From an evolutionary perspective our intelligence allows us to adapt to our environment like no other species. As Daniel Dennett might say, it has made us particularly good avoiders. We are special for the flexibility of our intelligence. We are not simply products of trial and error evolution. We have an elevated status among animals. We have morality. We have culture. We can appreciate art and music. We can conceive of a better world and yearn to get there.

I would say those are magnificent things.


Also, just to make these people feel shame (and hopefully stop posting one liners), those with particularly poor quality posts are:
foulsickness, korfkid, Kieutie, shanoe,hawtdawggy, rhyme_playah, music190, astralmage, and more...

Better posters: anime_otaku-ner..., Muffins, and more...
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This is what I think....
I believe that people will be willing to crave for power and money and all the other stuff you mentioned that they will go to any extreme lengths to get it, the world might even get so evil and corupted that people will sell of their own children and families for it that's when I believe the world is going to end.
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well lets say this we will be our own demise, its a time proven fact, mankind no matter our ACHIEVEMENTS (which is the result of our intelligence) is very petty, and extremely stupid. If people are sitting there saying we are intelligent and we have the means to pull ourself out of stupid situations, then why the fuck are still putting ourselves in stupid situations. Man has not been able to better itself for thousands of years of intelligence (which is not Computers, cars, and shit like that.). We are still the same war driven, greedy, petty, hateful, wasteful beings for thousands of years. Nothing has changed and nothing will.

The Human race has moved forward with technological advancements, which are amazing and no cat or dog, or fish could ever achieve. But most of those things hurt the planet, destroy the o-zone layer, create better weapons for destruction. Medicine another great achievement, But with better medicine comes stronger disease. Most diseases we have now weren't around 3 or 4 hundred years ago. Look just recently Bird Flu and SARS, what about aids and HIV.

basically what im trying to say is humans will destroy themselves because of their intelligence, but will slow the process down by their intelligence...i think that makes sense.
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MattChristy wrote:

Think about the problems in your life. Stress, anger, sadness, hatred, all of those things are entirely human. Only humans feel true hatred, or true sadness, yet only humans feel true happiness. All of these emotions come from intelligence. Think about losing a loved one, how does that feel? Yet, think about falling in love how does that feel? Weighing the odds, is it okay to feel pain, hatred, sadness and have the occasional spurt of happiness, or love? Without intelligence, there wouldnt be any of these things, and it makes me wonder if intelligence is really worth all the downsides.


Actually specifically speaking those are the creations of hormones effecting our brain and nervous system.
Well the reason we desire power so much is because of greed, which happens to be part of our animalistic side of us, To think intelligence is a curse would be a mistake. We are basically parasites and if we didn't have it we wouldn't exist. gotta take the good with the bad. As for animals some of them do exhibit emotions and seem to be aware of things.
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One- Read Hamlet- and you'll see how the ability to think can srew up one's decision - basically dont think too much all the time - it isnt necessary. "I think therefore i am" - that one sentance took one guy a long time to come up with (not saying thats bad- just try and live a little

Intelligence can be used in many ways- its not people's intelligence that makes them cock up and lead them to mass genecide (*cough Hitler*) its their concience that allows them to determine right from wrong - and then there are the factor of greed etc

My advice is not to worry about it- what is human?- apart from the physical being - humans are capale of doing things that are "inhumane" - but who is the judge of that?
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It is a good thing that we are able to think for ourselves. Many people however don't excercise that ability and let other people do the thinking for them however. Humans wouldn't be content with the bare minimum since every human would strive for more than that. And as for the issue of perfect harmony, its just an ideal. As long as there exists things that seperate humans there will be conflict.
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Intelligence is definetly a gift. Of all animals why do humans rule? Because of our intelligence. I personally believe that Intelligence may cause our extinction because of power. Once Intelligence gets to humans to the point of greed, humans can do nothing but keep walking forward to accept their desires. Stalin was only afraid that power will overule him. He wanted the power in his hands, he got it, and took advantage of it. He was in fear of becoming overuled so he took matters out of proportion. You can't blame him for being human.
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32 / M / From Cali! HiT me...
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im speechless i have no idea wat to say wat so ever i guess all i can say is intelligence is both cuz first u need intelligence to survive in this world second every thing that exist in the world always has a negative and positive reaction so no matter wat u do u just have to accept it besides everyone here wont live long to see wat will happen in the future
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Global Disaster...
is rite around the corner.
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