What is most likely to cause the extinction of humans?

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#1 Posted by gamerguru100 (11686 posts) -

I'm sure a big enough asteroid would f*ck us all up. It's possible a few million people could survive a nuclear war, but there is no weapon made my humans that is more destructive than the asteroid. Damn nature, you scary.

#2 Posted by konvikt_17 (22378 posts) -

We would probly fuck shit up and kill ourselves before any asteroid or other catclysmic event would happen

we(humans) are our own worst enemy.

#3 Posted by psymon100 (6835 posts) -

Humans.

#4 Posted by indzman (20214 posts) -

zombie virus outbreak

#5 Posted by gamerguru100 (11686 posts) -

zombie virus outbreak

indzman
LOL, there's a Cracked article explaining how a zombie apocalypse would be ended quickly.
#6 Posted by MrGeezer (57211 posts) -
Probably a combination of things. Climate change, disease, fighting over resources, etc.
#7 Posted by Bucked20 (6651 posts) -
Some experimental psycho bored nerd
#8 Posted by konvikt_17 (22378 posts) -

[QUOTE="indzman"]

zombie virus outbreak

gamerguru100

LOL, there's a Cracked article explaining how a zombie apocalypse would be ended quickly.

clicky

#9 Posted by MrGeezer (57211 posts) -
[QUOTE="indzman"]

zombie virus outbreak

gamerguru100
LOL, there's a Cracked article explaining how a zombie apocalypse would be ended quickly.

I'm pretty sure that only applies for "natural" zombies, as in zombies that are caused by a virus or something. If we're talking about supernatural zombies, like it's a curse or demons or something that causes the zombie outbreak, then all bets are off.
#10 Posted by tocool340 (20674 posts) -
Stupidity....
#11 Posted by gamerguru100 (11686 posts) -
Stupidity....tocool340
I think you're right.
#12 Posted by gamerguru100 (11686 posts) -
[QUOTE="gamerguru100"][QUOTE="indzman"]

zombie virus outbreak

MrGeezer
LOL, there's a Cracked article explaining how a zombie apocalypse would be ended quickly.

I'm pretty sure that only applies for "natural" zombies, as in zombies that are caused by a virus or something. If we're talking about supernatural zombies, like it's a curse or demons or something that causes the zombie outbreak, then all bets are off.

Well, I'm sure we don't have to worry about demon zombies and curses. :P Or any zombies at all. :P
#13 Posted by gamerguru100 (11686 posts) -

[QUOTE="gamerguru100"][QUOTE="indzman"]

zombie virus outbreak

konvikt_17

LOL, there's a Cracked article explaining how a zombie apocalypse would be ended quickly.

clicky

Thanks. I was too lazy to post the link to it.
#14 Posted by Fightingfan (38011 posts) -
Obviously other humans. Where the only animals that commit genocide.
#15 Posted by Inconsistancy (8094 posts) -

I don't think any of those would kill 100% of us, nuclear probably has the best shot at it though.

Time will certainly take us out (probably can't beat the expansion of the universe) or an unlucky galactic event could.

And the thing is about an asteroid, if we find it early enough we can "tow" it off its course by giving it a satellite.

#16 Posted by Fightingfan (38011 posts) -

Well probably die from either destroying each other or the earth, and if not that well probably get some lame ass natural event like some huge ass meteor seperating the sun.

#17 Posted by hippiesanta (10012 posts) -
Doing this  South Park's "Goobacks" episode
#18 Posted by Fightingfan (38011 posts) -
[QUOTE="hippiesanta"]Doing this  South Park's "Goobacks" episode

I always imagined that's how Rome fell; everyone went gay so no more men to take charge.
#19 Posted by layton2012 (3489 posts) -
Humans probably via nuclear warfare.
#20 Posted by MrGeezer (57211 posts) -
But I bet we go out with a whimper, not with a bang. Chances are it's probably something like this... Something happens to disrupt global stability. We run out of oil, some fungus infects our crops and leads to worldwide famine, whatever. The point is that for whatever reason our population is way higher than our ability to support it. This leads to a massive die-off. Nations go to war (possibly nuclear war), genocides happen all over the place, governments collapse. Of course, this wouldn't finish us off, there'd still be small communities all over the globe, living a mostly isolated existence. But then some other stuff happens. Some supervolcano erupts, plummeting the earth into a mini ice age. This kills off a bunch of people. Then the few people who are left die of the flu or some other virus.
#21 Posted by br0kenrabbit (13596 posts) -

And the thing is about an asteroid, if we find it early enough we can "tow" it off its course by giving it a satellite.

Inconsistancy

Yeah IF.

There was one not too long ago that flew by pretty close and we only got 3 days warning.

There was that comet a year or so back that was suppose to slam into the sun, but went around it and survivied (lol). If that had come barreling out at us it wouldn't have been pretty: the closer an object gets to the sun, the faster it has to go to escape it. So yeah, we'd have been slammed with little warning.

#22 Posted by Barbariser (6761 posts) -

All of those depends on the magnitude of the event. A shortage of resources won't do it unless by "shortage" you mean "insufficient to feed a genetically stable population", and an asteroid's ability to kill all of us depends on its kinetic energy and location of impact. Similarly, nuclear weapons could do it if you had enough of them and a high enough yield per warhead or if they were very dirty bombs, and climate changes could also do it depending on the strength and hostility of it.

#23 Posted by JasonDarksavior (9323 posts) -

We would probly **** **** up and kill ourselves before any asteroid or other catclysmic event would happen

we(humans) are our own worst enemy.

konvikt_17

Yep, I think this too. Nuclear warfare sounds like the end.

#24 Posted by khoofia_pika (13556 posts) -
WHY ARE ZOMBIES NOT IN THAT POLL? :evil:
#25 Posted by br0kenrabbit (13596 posts) -

Similarly, nuclear weapons could do it if you had enough of them and a high enough yield per warhead or if they were very dirty bombs, and climate changes could also do it depending on the strength and hostility of it.

Barbariser

I think most of our current arsenal (US) is the B61 (~350kt max) and the MK83 (~1.5kt).

What's more important than the yeild is altitude. A low-yield bomb will cause more long-term problems if detonated at ground level than a high-yield bomb will if detonated at ~3,500 FT +.

I still think the most effective way to utilize a nuke is via high-altitude detonation for the EMP effect.

#26 Posted by johnd13 (8554 posts) -

My guess would be something space-related, be it an asteroid or a solar explosion(however distant such an event may seem) or sth unexpected and inevitable in general. All the other choices don' t guarantee absolute extermination of the human race as there are going to be some people smart enough(or rich) to save their a$$es.

#27 Posted by br0kenrabbit (13596 posts) -

My guess would be something space-related, be it an asteroid or a solar explosion(however distant such an event may seem) or sth unexpected and inevitable in general. All the other choices don' t guarantee absolute extermination of the human race as there are going to be some people smart enough(or rich) to save their a$$es.

johnd13

Well...Betelgeuse has shrunk ~15% over the last decade. It's still far larger than our sun, though. Could pop any minute now.

Any minute now.

#28 Posted by GrindingAxe (1641 posts) -
I don't agree that nukes will eliminate the whole population of the Earth...I think that would greatly reduce it, but the one left standing will get its stuff together, and over time, build the population back up. Yeah...a lot of water and vegetation will be contaminated, but there should be some work around that. Asteroid impact....yeah, depending on the size and speed of it...it can wipe it all out. For good. I'll go with that.
#29 Posted by Innovazero2000 (3148 posts) -

[QUOTE="johnd13"]

My guess would be something space-related, be it an asteroid or a solar explosion(however distant such an event may seem) or sth unexpected and inevitable in general. All the other choices don' t guarantee absolute extermination of the human race as there are going to be some people smart enough(or rich) to save their a$$es.

br0kenrabbit

Well...Betelgeuse has shrunk ~15% over the last decade. It's still far larger than our sun, though. Could pop any minute now.

Any minute now.

I could imagine, as friggin hot as that thing burns. It would be a hell of a Supernova! As for what I think, by our own hands. Logic tells me Nuclear warfare, chemical outbreak, or by our own AI as we progress with technology. (IE: Drones, etc)
#30 Posted by Toph_Girl250 (48680 posts) -
[QUOTE="indzman"]

zombie virus outbreak

gamerguru100
LOL, there's a Cracked article explaining how a zombie apocalypse would be ended quickly.

Not if the zombie outbreak is a result of nanobots... Anyway, I get the feeling the extinction or huge loss in population will be from war...
#31 Posted by pariah3 (974 posts) -

Overpopulation and competition for the Earth's last resources which are becoming scarcer by the day.

As food prices will skyrocket eventually, thousands of people will die from starvation. I guess the poor will be hit the hardest from this because they will not have enough money to buy food so many poor people will die.

#32 Posted by themajormayor (24494 posts) -
Asteroid most definitely
#33 Posted by ultimate-k (2348 posts) -

Humans, NWO.

#34 Posted by The_Last_Ride (75209 posts) -
so far, the easiest is nuclear war
#35 Posted by GazaAli (24082 posts) -
Religious apocalypse, oh yea.
#36 Posted by supa_badman (16666 posts) -

It would probably be like a shortage of fuel, food and water then a nuclear exchange for the resources

It'll probably be a bit like Fallout

#37 Posted by Rockman999 (7232 posts) -

Foreigners, p*ssies, and those politically correct monkeys.

In any order.

#38 Posted by michaelP4 (16680 posts) -
Probably ourselves - whether it'll be nuclear warfare I'm not sure, but definitely over resources, yes.
#39 Posted by michael_1234576 (8621 posts) -
sexbots for sure
#40 Posted by comp_atkins (32179 posts) -
to 0? it'd have to be something like an asteroid or comet.. i think most other cases there'd still be pockets of people that will survive.
#41 Posted by dramaybaz (6020 posts) -
Humans themselves. Agent Smith: I'd like to share a revelation that Ive had during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species, and I realised that humans are not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment; but you humans do not. Instead you multiply, and multiply, until every resource is consumed. The only way for you to survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern... a virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer on this planet, you are a plague.
#42 Posted by Toph_Girl250 (48680 posts) -
If there's one thing that makes me fear the future its Nanobots & Nanotechnology...
#43 Posted by kuraimen (28078 posts) -
The stupidity of humans.
#44 Posted by Squeets (8185 posts) -

Our primary risks:

Natural events:

- Supermassive Volcanic Eruptions - If yellowstone went up it would decimate the central US and darken the sky above the Eastern US, North Atlantic, and EU for years.

- Gas Vents - There is an abundance of methane beneath our planet's surface. Small amounts are released all the time. If a large release event occurred it could forever change the atmosphere of our planet.

- Continued deforestation and Global Warming, etc - The ice caps melting probably won't do much other than force an evacuation of coasts. But that coupled with our destruction of ozone protection, coupled with deforestation. A hundred years from now we could have much less landmass to work with, much less vegetation to produce oxygen, and what little will remain could be receiving harmful radiation from our reduced ozone. All of that could combine to make the planet uninhabitable for us anymore.

Massive Events we have no control over:

- Sun expansion or recession.

- Galaxy collisions.

- Rogue black holes flying around space between galaxies.

- Movement of other galactic bodies (stars, planets, asteroids), etc.

Sickness:

- A hundred years from now we will more than likely have wiped out a large amount of sickness in our society. A lethal unvaccinated strain of something could run rampant through our population and we could do nothing to stop it.

Our existance is fragile.

Not primary risks:

Nuclear War

Nanomachines

#45 Posted by Horgen (111484 posts) -
Greed.
#46 Posted by sonicare (53676 posts) -

Famine. Or the scandanavians.

#47 Posted by seahorse123 (1237 posts) -
Some kind of disease.
#48 Posted by BossPerson (9166 posts) -

right-wingers

#49 Posted by Squeets (8185 posts) -

right-wingers

BossPerson

True story.

#50 Posted by KiIIyou (27157 posts) -
Trolls and goblins.