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Can Man Survive from Extinction?

October 20, 2010 Leave a comment

Humans can survive in the age of ice (ice age) and pandemic diseases – to be able to become the dominant species on Earth.

Humans are also able to adapt to almost anywhere on Earth, and utilize natural forces, split the atom and the connecting DNA to create new species. However, scientists warn, the technology could mean disaster for the human – the human drive to its own extinction.

Man must learn to wisely use technology, such as to prevent natural disasters such as asteroid collisions. It is also wise to avoid self-extinction by careful use of biotechnology and nanotechnology.

“When a civilization has a remarkable power to control nature, manipulate, and stronger in terms of equipment and capabilities, the risks increase,” says social anthropologist and director of Global Warming Policy Foundation in London, England, as published pages LiveScience.

Technology makes people become superior in the long term, but history proves this could be a disaster. For example, a nuclear war in the era of cold war between the United States and the Soviet Union. Or when Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bomb devastated a result. However, nuclear is not the only double-edged technologies.

“The biggest challenge we have is that the technology developed with exponential speed. That is, the ability to influence the world and society as a whole move, from the government entity to a group of people, even individuals,” said Peter Diamandis, chairman and CEO of X Prize Foundation.

Technology allows almost anyone to change the world in the near future, for better or worse.

For example, digital maps and DNA sequences are less expensive laboratory equipment enables individuals to design new synthetic organisms that could revolutionize the world of medicine or a new era of clean energy.

Conversely, it can give individuals room to spread a deadly new diseaseĀ  re-engineering version of 1918 influenza virus that killed 50 million people.

According to Diamandis, the biggest challenge came from biotechnology. Following, the development of nanotechnology, and artificial intelligence (artificial intelligence or AI) – man-made creature can rival the intelligence of its creator.

If in the future, AI – in the form of a robot for example – becomes more intelligent and uncontrollable, man may face the same situation with the onslaught of dangerous aliens.

About threats from outside the planet Earth, astrophysicist Stephen Hawking has even issued a warning for people not in contact with the aliens – even though the existence of aliens has not been ascertained.

However, the real threat of curved space could come in the form of a more ‘reasonable’ – a giant asteroid could hit Earth at any time. Humans could have fared the same with dinosaurs, extinct.

One of the greatest challenges facing humanity today also is climate change. The scientists even predict with uncontrolled climate change, humans will be extinct within 100 years.

Frank Fenner, microbiologists Australian National University (ANU) – which helped eliminate smallpox – told The Australian that he believes overpopulation, environmental destruction and especially climate change will ‘lock’ the fate of mankind.

The scientists encourage people to act to reduce the impacts of climate change.

According to geochemist and climate scientist from Columbia University Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, New York, said the technological solutions to climate change already exist. But Broecker skeptical of government or industry will try to slow the rise in carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere.

“The increase in CO2 will not kill many people.” But that will change the ecology of this planet, melting icebergs, sea pickle, change water availability and the cultivation of food. “


‘Doomsday’ The Mayans Not 2012

October 20, 2010 7 comments

Year 2012 has become very important and create fear because of Hollywood movie-themed apocalypse comes, ‘2012 ‘.

The film made by director Roland Emmerich myth that utilize Mayan calendar end, December 21, 2012, as a day of destruction of the world.

Today, in 2012 again was mentioned because of published book entitled “Calendars and Years II: Astronomy and Time in the Ancient and Medieval World”, published in 2010.

However, let doomsday predictions about the truth. The book reveals that even the end of calendar calculations ‘Long Count’ Maya allegedly inaccurate. The difference could be 50 to 60 years.

How come?

The issue of magnitude, while researching an ancient calendar, the time frame of archaeologists trying to correlate them with the modern calendar (Gregorian).

For example, the momentum-momentum is important Mayan war such as famine, religious celebration – translated in the format day / month / year today.

Maya Experts trying to find a significant momentum that can connect calendar ‘Long Count’ by Gregorian.

To that end, scientists Maya using correlation factor called ‘Constant GMT’. Initials GMT obtained from the name of the inventor – Joseph Goodman, Juan Martinez-Hernandez, and J. Eric S. Thompson.

Gerardo Aldana is a professor from the University of California, Santa Barbara who question the validity of the correlation – based on the existence miscorrelation astronomical events in the past.

Aldana wrote about it in a special chapter in the book “Calendars and Years II: Astronomy and Time in the Ancient and Medieval World”

He said, the Mayans were advanced astronomers of his era. They also accurately record the events in the sky at night.

Documenting the Mayan Moon phases, eclipses, and even track the movements of Venus. Note they allow them to predict future astronomical cycles with great accuracy.

According to Aldana, although the GMT using sources of evidence astronomy, archeology, history to correlate ‘Long Count’ by the modern calendar, no doubts when the evidence is interpreted from ancient Mayan artifacts and colonial texts.

For example, an important event, the date set forth battle ruler Dos pilas (Maya site in Guatemala). Ruler Balaj Chan K’awiil chose this date based on the appearance of ‘Chak Ek’.

By Stockholm University archaeologist, Johan Normark, ‘Chak Ek’ is defined as Venus. However, in his study Aldana oppose it. He said, ‘Chak Ek’ is a meteor.

Imagine, if the incidence correlated with Venus but actually it is associated with random events such as meteorite sightings? Clearly link the results of the Mayan calendar with time in the modern calendar was disheveled and definite difference.

In his writings, Aldana presents several reasons why the constants GMT unreliable. He’s not the first to doubt it.

However, further research such as determining the time by radiocarbon dating to be done to support their argument.

So, still believe in apocalypse will happen in 2012?