Lack of Curiosity Leads to Extinction

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  1. The Night Funky

    The Night Funky BMF Staff Member Moderator

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    The headline calls it "laziness," but "lack of curiosity" or "Why 'Good Enough' is Not 'Enough'" are better descriptors.
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    interesting theory, but quite a bit of speculation and projection to be honest.
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    Not really, if you think about it. We have ample evidence that once a society stops reaching out and exploring it begins to decline. For example, the Chinese were using natural gas to light homes and cook with when the Romans were still a thing, they invented a whole host of things, then decided to cut themselves off from the rest of the world. Almost immediately, their society started to go into decline. When Rome fell, and travel around the Mediterranean declined, the various societies of Europe regressed. (It took a thousand years for another city to become as large as Rome at its peak.) What this study shows is that not only can such things lead to a society failing to advance, they can lead to the extinction of a species.
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    true but the examples you gave were not prehistoric proto-human societies. In other words the evidence for Rome & China is relatively recent & plentiful. But we really don't know the entire story behind why the Homo Erectus did (or didn't do) the things that could have advanced & improved their society and instead drove them into extinction. It could have been a factor but only one of many factors. Too bad none of us will be around (duh) when humans go extinct - I'm curious over what will do us in. Sorry I'm not among the "god will come back and end the world as we know it" crowd.
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    We'ill turn Jupiter into a star when our sun dies.