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Well, that's what I keep seeing anyway...

There's probably an interesting thread in that title somewhere. Does the planet ever regrow life? Would that life take on the same forms we have now or would the vastly different state of the world relative to when life first formed lead to an entirely different evolutionary chain? Does the answer to either of those questions matter? Does this finally disprove all of religion somehow?

Discuss. Or don't, because there isn't much to work with.
 
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The Message wrote:
Well, that's what I keep seeing anyway...

There's probably an interesting thread in that title somewhere. Does the planet ever regrow life? Would that life take on the same forms we have now or would the vastly different state of the world relative to when life first formed lead to an entirely different evolutionary chain? Does the answer to either of those questions matter? Does this finally disprove all of religion somehow?

Discuss. Or don't, because there isn't much to work with.


Exterminating all life would be very difficult. If you mean just the higher forms are gone, then of course things would proceed differently. There is no plan in evolution.

Attempting to disprove religion is a pointless pursuit.
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The Message wrote:
Well, that's what I keep seeing anyway...

There's probably an interesting thread in that title somewhere. Does the planet ever regrow life? Would that life take on the same forms we have now or would the vastly different state of the world relative to when life first formed lead to an entirely different evolutionary chain? Does the answer to either of those questions matter? Does this finally disprove all of religion somehow?

Discuss. Or don't, because there isn't much to work with.


If I understand correctly, probably even if the conditions for starting off with new replicators as happened in the past were never to recur, some hardy bacterium which made it onto a comet or something could reseed a descendant of life originally from earth (perhaps even a satellite in a decaying orbit could do the job). So even if we didn't get a lightning strike to play Frankenstein (again, if that's what it was), there's hope.
 
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The Message wrote:
After The Extermination Of Terrestrial Life...

Does this finally disprove all of religion somehow?


To whom?
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The Message wrote:
Does this finally disprove all of religion somehow?



Disprove? Can you disprove something that doesn't and can't exist?

It's gone until whatever is the next sentient life form discovers the concept all over again....either from a terran source or from off world.
 
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Life would evolve again.


Depends very much on what wiped out the earth and the initial probabilities of life evolving.
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Well...when I killed off human life in SimEarth (http://videogamegeek.com/videogame/76036/simearth), it was dinosaurs that evolved and took over the earth. So, yes, I would say that some form of life would become sentient and rule again. I've already proven it scientifically.
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The Message wrote:
Does this finally disprove all of religion somehow?



Disprove? Can you disprove something that doesn't and can't exist?


Religion doesn't and can't exist? I think I can look out my window and empirically prove that religion does exist.
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The Message wrote:
Well, that's what I keep seeing anyway...

There's probably an interesting thread in that title somewhere. Does the planet ever regrow life? Would that life take on the same forms we have now or would the vastly different state of the world relative to when life first formed lead to an entirely different evolutionary chain? Does the answer to either of those questions matter? Does this finally disprove all of religion somehow?

Discuss. Or don't, because there isn't much to work with.


Everything starts over and evolves exactly the same, the only difference being RSP is spelled PSR.
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It's very difficult to conceive of anything that is going to wipe out all life on earth without taking the planet with it. eg mould spores, viruses, etc are incredibly hardy

Reseeding from a satellite sounds most probable. I doubt life would spontaneously occur again since conditions on earth now are very different to when it first occurred.
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It's very difficult to conceive of anything that is going to wipe out all life on earth without taking the planet with it. eg mould spores, viruses, etc are incredibly hardy

Reseeding from a satellite sounds most probable. I doubt life would spontaneously occur again since conditions on earth now are very different to when it first occurred.


it's inevitable that the oceans will boil off at some point and the atmosphere will be somewhere about 700K. hard to see life existing then planets will have another billion of so years left before it gets swallowed by the sun though.
 
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it's inevitable that the oceans will boil off at some point and the atmosphere will be somewhere about 700K. hard to see life existing then planets will have another billion of so years left before it gets swallowed by the sun though.


Rather makes the question posed moot though doesn't it? The implication is of an event that wipes out life on earth but then restores conditions to something in which life could exist. In the above death of earth scenario due to the expansion of the Sun the answer is obvious - life couldn't spontaneously re-occur since the conditions that destroyed it in the first place are still in place.
 
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Altair IV wrote:
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Does this finally disprove all of religion somehow?



Disprove? Can you disprove something that doesn't and can't exist?


Religion doesn't and can't exist? I think I can look out my window and empirically prove that religion does exist.


if you are looking out the window, then the extermination of all terrestrial life has not happened yet.. unless of course you are on the ISS?
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GameCrossing wrote:
Altair IV wrote:
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Does this finally disprove all of religion somehow?



Disprove? Can you disprove something that doesn't and can't exist?


Religion doesn't and can't exist? I think I can look out my window and empirically prove that religion does exist.



How will you look out your window if you and everything else on the planet is dead?

Who is even there to know to call the thing a window?

How is the concept of a window even a thing if there is no one to explain the difference between it and anything else.
 
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The Message wrote:
Well, that's what I keep seeing anyway...

There's probably an interesting thread in that title somewhere. Does the planet ever regrow life? Would that life take on the same forms we have now or would the vastly different state of the world relative to when life first formed lead to an entirely different evolutionary chain? Does the answer to either of those questions matter? Does this finally disprove all of religion somehow?

Discuss. Or don't, because there isn't much to work with.


Considering the weird places that we've found extremophile bacteria, it's hard for me to conceive of an event that would wipe out all life, short of when the sun goes red giant and engulfs the earth.

A 95% or 99% level extinction event, I can buy. But not all life.
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Well, that's what I keep seeing anyway...

There's probably an interesting thread in that title somewhere. Does the planet ever regrow life? Would that life take on the same forms we have now or would the vastly different state of the world relative to when life first formed lead to an entirely different evolutionary chain? Does the answer to either of those questions matter? Does this finally disprove all of religion somehow?

Discuss. Or don't, because there isn't much to work with.


Considering the weird places that we've found extremophile bacteria, it's hard for me to conceive of an event that would wipe out all life, short of when the sun goes red giant and engulfs the earth.

A 95% or 99% level extinction event, I can buy. But not all life.

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Vogon Destructor Fleet?


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