Or do we really value our individuals desires more, even if that inevitably leads our own extinction?
We've quite naturally evolved the ability to make this choice. Whether we value peaceful co-existence over violent confrontation and painful compromises over self-righteous intractable growth of our smaller and more parochial self-interests these are what comprise the nature of the choices ahead.
I really do Blog for peace, as much as to keep track of my own philosophical and educational progress (not to forget for simply ranting just to clear my head or have a good time!) I really do hope that, somehow, I can add to our silly and sublime species' evolutionary continuation.
Regardless of its efficacy, I'm keepin' "my fingers crossed" that we wind up making the right choices in the long run. I really do hope that I sometimes offer some valuable means of doing so right now.
Mass extinctions occur with surprisingly regularity over the long haul. During the last 250 million years, there's been a big die-off roughly every 26 million years.
Adam Lipowski, a researcher at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poland, suggests the extinctions might sometimes be driven not by climate change or impacts from space, but by the emergence of super predators.
In 2005, Lipowski developed a computer simulation representing a population of many species competing for food and living space. Much of the time, "medium efficiency" predators prowled the virtual world and their numbers fluctuated only slightly in response to changes in prey population size.
But every so often, mutations would lead to the evolution of a super predator that quickly devours an entire prey population, which in turn leads to its own extinction.
The critters that survived the "predatory apocalypse" gradually mutated to fill new ecological niches, and the cycle began anew.
Look in the mirror
Humans could be considered today's super predators.