Sunday Stats: Mankind vs. Gaia, Who Wins?

Man the species lives on planet Earth. We are good caretakers, or not. We are a complicated species, so that is a complicated question. Most species last only a couple of million years. We’ve lasted not even a hundred thousand years, so our reign statistically has barely begun.

The question which worries us is, are we ruining our planet? Will we be the last living species to prosper on Earth or will Gaia shuck our ownership, squelch us as a species and survive despite our bad habits?

Humans vs. Earth. Who wins?

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5 Responses to “Sunday Stats: Mankind vs. Gaia, Who Wins?”

  1. August 15, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    Ha! The answer is in the post itself–which was here FIRST–humans or the planet Earth? Earth will watch our coming and our self-destruction with as much concern as Sarah Teasdale expressed in “There Will Come Soft Rains”. We ‘reign’ over nothing. We just like to thnks we do.

    • August 15, 2010 at 10:20 pm

      And that’s OK. No one survives long on Earth except the insects. Human nature doesn’t allow us to adopt their beehive mentality, their self-sacrifice. Though we both are fairly flexible… A billion years from now, long after man and still well-before our sun explodes, there’ll be another ruler on Earth. If they’re sentient, they too can self-flagellate.

      Thanks for visiting. I like your blog.

      • August 16, 2010 at 6:36 am

        Hi again. Thanks for returning the favor of exploring. Nice to meet you. waves

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    August 16, 2010 at 1:27 am

    I am a scientist and theoretician. I saw the opening question in the post and wanted to respond. Consider my response a gedankenexperiment; alternatively, just ignore.

    Only *I* can identify, understand, and discuss Mankind and Gaia. Therefore, the Truth is that *I* am Mankind, *I* am Gaia.

    When I, Mankind win, I, Gaia, lose.
    When I, Gaia win, I, Mankind, lose.

    This is the Paradox of One I. When I win, I lose. It could be no other Way.


    As an aside, I noted that this is a blog about a quest for the Holy Grail. If, by that, the Author of this blog means the ultimate theory of reality, well, that’s what I work on. Drop by my blog, I welcome comments and criticism.



    • August 16, 2010 at 2:14 am

      Your comment is exactly why I love science. Thanks for visiting. I’ll be dropping by your blog.

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