Could this be how we as a species die out?

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  • sport 5 Dec 2012 11:29:55 12,808 posts
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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-20593467

    Long term exposure to certain enviromental changes, lifestyle etc will eventually decrease our sperm count to point where we can't procreate - think Children of Men but with infertile guys.

    Or could it be Nature's answer to overpopulation? My dad always told me, "Life........urr...finds a way..."
  • RobTheBuilder 5 Dec 2012 11:34:40 6,521 posts
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    Well I've often wondered whether the increase in people born gay and the increase in cancer rates is partly a method of self-preservation of the species by preventing us over populating.

    Please note that is not something I believe as such, just something I've wondered about.
  • chopsen 5 Dec 2012 11:35:18 16,290 posts
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    Your dad's Jeff Goldblum?
  • sport 5 Dec 2012 11:39:37 12,808 posts
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    You're a sharp one Chopsen, you can go procreate!
  • Deleted user 5 December 2012 11:40:00
    Anything that happens slowly will in likelihood be counteracted by science imo. Historically whenever anything looks like it might genuinely wipte out humanity, we've been pretty quick to find a solution.

    So my bet would be whatever kills us will be pretty sudden - meteor, tidal wave, giant octo-monster etc.
  • imamazed 5 Dec 2012 11:40:54 5,954 posts
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    @kalel My money's on a pack of wronged apes
  • LeoliansBro 5 Dec 2012 11:42:55 44,956 posts
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    Yeah, these are not permanent changes and will, in part, be reversed anyway if the population falls.

    LB, you really are a massive geek.

  • Razz 5 Dec 2012 11:43:23 61,653 posts
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    I want to die doing something weird and vaguely comical.

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  • RyanDS 5 Dec 2012 11:44:59 9,833 posts
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    sport wrote:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-20593467

    Long term exposure to certain enviromental changes, lifestyle etc will eventually decrease our sperm count to point where we can't procreate - think Children of Men but with infertile guys.

    Well that pretty much sums me up.

    But you can get around that by (in my case) having a knife shoved into your balls and samples cut out, sperm taken from those samples and then individually injected into eggs and those are then implanted into the woman. (ICSI IVF.)

    Sure, it bloody painful and expensive, but as long as it is low count, rather than no sperm then you can go ahead with it. And I am sure if it was a global issue prices would be dropping hugely and the procedure would become comonplace.
  • elstoof 5 Dec 2012 11:48:37 8,305 posts
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    Only takes the one eh.
  • Deleted user 5 December 2012 11:48:46
    By time it could be an issue, based solely on the numbers in the article, genetic research will have made it a non issue.
  • neilka 5 Dec 2012 11:50:01 16,527 posts
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    Razz wrote:
    I want to die doing something weird and vaguely comical.
    "Yes officer, he slipped and the broom came out through his eye socket"

    BAAANG!!!!! EXPLOTION!!!!!

  • elstoof 5 Dec 2012 11:51:21 8,305 posts
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    When will niteninja be along to explain that it's all down to government sound waves lowering virility so that The Man can decide who from the illuminati can procreate?
  • Fab4 5 Dec 2012 11:55:30 6,216 posts
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    Flu pandemic will be the great population leveler.
  • mrpon 5 Dec 2012 12:00:29 29,560 posts
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    I'm alright, I freeze my jizz.

    Mini-milk anyone?

    Give yourself 5 or gig, you're worth it.

  • chopsen 5 Dec 2012 12:07:36 16,290 posts
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    "We" will die out eventually, regardless of what happens. In the sense that what we are now will not be forever. If you traveled through time by a few million years, chances are you won't be able to reproduce with what has descended from us. Assuming we're not an evolutionary dead end.

    If technology regressed enough so that global/intercontinental travel became impossible, you'd find that humans on different continents will eventually drift away from each other genetically, and become separate species. That could still happen. Our population density is dependent on specific technologies and a level of energy consumption that may not be sustainable in the long run regardless of how environmentally friendly we are.

    Edited by Chopsen at 12:08:08 05-12-2012

    Edited by Chopsen at 12:08:18 05-12-2012
  • sport 5 Dec 2012 12:10:46 12,808 posts
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    Hold on Chopsen, are you saying if we evolve into something like, let's say, a superior being of pure energy, I won't be able to fuck it?!?!
  • Razz 5 Dec 2012 12:12:12 61,653 posts
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    neilka wrote:
    Razz wrote:
    I want to die doing something weird and vaguely comical.
    "Yes officer, he slipped and the broom came out through his eye socket"
    Haha! That's perfect, I'd love to go out like that. :D

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  • Lukus 5 Dec 2012 12:13:13 19,461 posts
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    Razz wrote:
    I want to die doing something weird and vaguely comical.
    Broom handle up the bum?

    Edit- really must read the whole thread before posting.

    Edited by Lukus at 12:13:40 05-12-2012

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  • sport 5 Dec 2012 12:17:06 12,808 posts
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    Lukus wrote:
    Razz wrote:
    I want to die doing something weird and vaguely comical.
    Broom handle up the bum?

    Edit- really must read the whole thread before posting.
    Lukus
  • chopsen 5 Dec 2012 12:21:28 16,290 posts
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    sport wrote:
    Hold on Chopsen, are you saying if we evolve into something like, let's say, a superior being of pure energy, I won't be able to fuck it?!?!
    If you want to stick your dangly bits it so some pure energy, you go for it sport. It might chafe a bit though.
  • RobTheBuilder 5 Dec 2012 12:22:50 6,521 posts
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    This thread has the potential to become epic.
  • chopsen 5 Dec 2012 12:22:52 16,290 posts
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    And this does not mean I've given you permission to stick your cock in the mains socket. Again.
  • Deleted user 5 December 2012 12:27:33
    Homo-sapiens would be able to breed with neanderthal wouldn't we?
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