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Will mankind ever develop the technology to destroy the Earth ?

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When I say destroy, I mean to the point where Earth is torn asunder; reduced to large boulders floating around only connected to one another by their respective gravity.

Even a concentrated blast by all the nuclear weapon at one time would barely make a dent in Earth. Granted, it may destroy most life, but Earth would still be around.
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Probably, yes.

If homo sapiens doesn't figure out a way to harness large amounts of power, the next variation of man will, and I would have to consider that this species falls under the bar of "mankind." Personally, I like to wonder about the potential for beneficial evolution when anti-evolution regimes rule the world, as is the case with modern liberal leadership.
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Yes, probably in the form of directed asteroid attacks, like how our moon formed 4 billion years ago by chance.

http://63.114.151.211/release/2001/anim24n.mov

http://www.lpl.arizona.edu/outreach/origin/
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Egad. I hope not. That's where I keep all my stuff!



IRT Topic, IIRC there is no limit on how many stages that can be added to a hydrogen bomb. So in theory, you could build a bomb large enough to do some serious damage to the Earth.
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I've heard that at some point we will send a little man to the moon. He will be green and have a giant telescope-looking weapon thing and will go on an on about destroying the Earth. No worries though, we are working on a carrot eating talking rabbit to stop him.

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Egad. I hope not. That's where I keep all my stuff!




Topic could be a downer, thanks for keeping it light.
Not that I can...

I don't doubt that humans will keep learning new things that increase our ability to destroy. Eventually, we will get to the point of being able to destroy whole planets.

UNLESS

we kill ourselves off first. Global warming gone to the extreme; nuclear war followed by nuclear winter or whatnot; engenered bugs that can't be stopped...

I suspect that as we get closer to plannet busters (I don't think we are close yet) we will have developed many more ways to kill ourselves off in the meantime...
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Topic could be a downer, thanks for keeping it light.
Not that I can...

I don't doubt that humans will keep learning new things that increase our ability to destroy. Eventually, we will get to the point of being able to destroy whole planets.

UNLESS

we kill ourselves off first. Global warming gone to the extreme; nuclear war followed by nuclear winter or whatnot; engenered bugs that can't be stopped...

I suspect that as we get closer to plannet busters (I don't think we are close yet) we will have developed many more ways to kill ourselves off in the meantime...

Don't worry, the Universe won't miss us... especially if we develop Planet Killing Tech...

On that note, I figure we already have. We have enough Nukes anyways. All you'd really have to do is drop them into strategic locations in mass numbers, Subduction Zones and Volcanoes, then sit back and watch the fireworks. If you really want to make an impact, revive the Yellowstone Supervolcano with those to deal with the USA first. Nuke the Magnetic North, the North, and the South poles, and yeah I'm going on a rant about how destroy this while somehow keeping a straight face so I'll shut up now.

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DESTROY? No. Make it uninhabitable? Sure. Years ago.
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Don't worry, the Universe won't miss us... especially if we develop Planet Killing Tech...

On that note, I figure we already have. We have enough Nukes anyways. All you'd really have to do is drop them into strategic locations in mass numbers, Subduction Zones and Volcanoes, then sit back and watch the fireworks. If you really want to make an impact, revive the Yellowstone Supervolcano with those to deal with the USA first. Nuke the Magnetic North, the North, and the South poles, and yeah I'm going on a rant about how destroy this while somehow keeping a straight face so I'll shut up now.

Sebastian

Yet would even yellowstone and the poles completely DESTROY the earth? Sure that woudl destroy the face of the earth but not really earth itself.
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Yes, probably in the form of directed asteroid attacks, like how our moon formed 4 billion years ago by chance.

http://63.114.151.211/release/2001/anim24n.mov

http://www.lpl.arizona.edu/outreach/origin/

We know that isn't enough to meet "torn asunder" criteria, because it already happened to the earth and (although the crust was liquidated) the planet only broke into two pieces (earth and moon - at least it eventually formed two pieces).

The asteroid belt used to be considered a broken up planet, but no longer:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asteroid_belt

I think that you would need an internal explosion to get the broken up effect - an antimatter asteroid impacting at half the speed of light or something?
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post #12 of 47
So...

If someone is willing to do the math(s), all one needs to do is integrate an expression for taking shells of matter from the surface of the earth to infinity until the earth is of zero radius. This will give the total energy required to blast the earth apart.

Anyone? I can't do it right now since I am busy in lab....
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There was that little matter of the Death Star... now where did I leave that...

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Alright I did the calculation:

~2 × 10^32 J

Largest nuclear (hydrogen) bomb ever was 2 × 10^17 J...

That would be 10^15 giant ass fusion bombs...

If it were resting antimatter we would need 10^15 kg...
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How much more carbon dioxide will it take for the Earth's atmosphere to suddenly switch from a relatively stable state, to a closed-feedback-loop scenario of runaway global heating? Have any unbiased parties tried modeling some extrapolations, and by "unbiased", one has to summarily exclude studies done on behalf of auto-manufacturers or fossil fuel based corporations/utilities etc.

Maybe the Earth-destroying technology is the common internal combustion engine and fossil fuel burning power stations? Is it possible, that within the next (perhaps 300??) years, the Earth might be a Venu- like sphere surrounded by perpetual thick cloud layers, formed by the forced evaporation of the Earth's oceans and lakes, where the surface temperature was way too hot for (most) life to sustain itself?

Whether "rendering the Earth uninhabitable" is the same as "destroying it" is a somewhat moot comparison; "physically destroying the Earth", as in, for example, a direct hit by an asteroid 200 miles across at some 50,000 mph, would also end (most) life.
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We could always try one of these!

/votes for gobbled up by a microscopic black hole (the Hyperion solution)
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Yet would even yellowstone and the poles completely DESTROY the earth? Sure that woudl destroy the face of the earth but not really earth itself.

Hmmm.... I'm wondering that myself.... but there's always plan b.

Shove every nuke we have into that crack that leads to the Mantle that some scientists are exploring about right now. try to pack them into the Mantle if possible.... then simultaneously set off all of those nukes and every nuclear power plant on Earth. Just to be on the safe side (HA!) make sure to pack the power plants with all the gun powder manufactured so far, and pack all the other explosives into that same crack to the mantle.

If the Earth doesn't crack in 2 in 30 minutes or less your Pizza is free.

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When i hear scientists are trying to create black holes in laboratories I get very nervous...
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How much more carbon dioxide will it take for the Earth's atmosphere to suddenly switch from a relatively stable state, to a closed-feedback-loop scenario of runaway global heating?

We have already had all of our carbon in the air, and it peaks out at 12 degrees warmer than now.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:6...ate_Change.png

To get the atmosphere of Venus, we would have to remove Earth's oceans, and pump enough CO2 in to get 90 times as much pressure at sea level. Maybe more, actually, because we are further from the sun, although we would have the advantage of less sulfur which reflects light out of the Venitian atmosphere. And Venus is not "run away", it is stable at 460 degrees C.
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When i hear scientists are trying to create black holes in laboratories I get very nervous...

When that happens.... well it's the end of the world as we know it.

Probably won't have time to order a Pizza either.

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I can't stop laughing!

I may have to go to the hospital!

I can't breathe!

gotta hit Submit Reply before I die!

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When that happens.... well it's the end of the world as we know it.

Probably won't have time to order a Pizza either.

Sebastian

How so?
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I can't stop laughing!

I may have to go to the hospital!

I can't breathe!

gotta hit Submit Reply before I die!

"The whole scheme from Copernicanism to Big Bangism is a factless lie."

Aries1B

Well, that was sort of different. I was actually hoping for an interesting argument, but all I could find was recursive and almost unreadable...

But shouldn't this have been posted in the conspiracy theory thread next door?
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I can't stop laughing!

I may have to go to the hospital!

I can't breathe!

gotta hit Submit Reply before I die!

"The whole scheme from Copernicanism to Big Bangism is a factless lie."

Aries1B



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How so?

If you mean the Black Hole... it'll swallow us...
If you mean the Pizza... well the Blackhole will probably swallow us before the Pizza Arrives.



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Black holes don't swallow things outside their event horizon.
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If a micro-singularity was ever made, how much mass would it consist of? I imagine it would be have enough mass to fall due to Earth gravity and any mass if came in contact with, the floor, the crust, the mantle, the molten core, would be sucked up into it. It would fall right to the core, even if the hole was not noticable, less than a hair's width in diameter. As it ingested more mass , the event horizon would slowly expand and devour anything it came in contact with, slowly eating our planet in from the inside. Maybe it would stop at our core and just sit there in the middle of the earth, held in place by gravitational equilibrium. But with out a molten core, all techtonic activity would slowly come to a halt. Worse still, we would have lost our magnetic field that protect us from solar wind and it would immidiately affect live on our planet, possibly wiping it out for good, except maybe for life underground.
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If a micro-singularity was ever made, how much mass would it consist of? I imagine it would be have enough mass to fall due to Earth gravity and any mass if came in contact with, the floor, the crust, the mantle, the molten core, would be sucked up into it. It would fall right to the core, even if the hole was not noticable, less than a hair's width in diameter. As it ingested more mass , the event horizon would slowly expand and devour anything it came in contact with, slowly eating our planet in from the inside. Maybe it would stop at our core and just sit there in the middle of the earth, held in place by gravitational equilibrium. But with out a molten core, all techtonic activity would slowly come to a halt. Worse still, we would have lost our magnetic field that protect us from solar wind and it would immidiately affect live on our planet, possibly wiping it out for good, except maybe for life underground.


Even this wouldn't actually happen IF the sigularity was stable as the event horizon radius would much much smaller than the distance between it and nearby matter. By the time it encounters any other matter it will have evaporated due to Hawking Radiation.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schwarzschild_radius
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I can't stop laughing!

I may have to go to the hospital!

I can't breathe!

gotta hit Submit Reply before I die!

"The whole scheme from Copernicanism to Big Bangism is a factless lie."

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Wow, I really, REALLY hope that is a spoof site...but you just never know with some people!


/still a flat-earther
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Oh it's real. Read some of the "Study material".
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Well, that was sort of different. I was actually hoping for an interesting argument, but all I could find was recursive and almost unreadable...

But shouldn't this have been posted in the conspiracy theory thread next door?

If you're intent on shooting something destructive at the Earth, Mister Powers, (wait for it) wouldn't it be easier if it *stood still*?!

HA!

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Oh it's real. Read some of the "Study material".

I can't believe that site. As an aesthetic aside, perhaps they could update it so its actually legible. I mean, maybe maybe we could use pink, blue and underlined font a little more against a pastel background. It's like I'm looking at internet circa 1993.
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If you're intent on shooting something destructive at the Earth, Mister Powers, (wait for it) wouldn't it be easier if it *stood still*?!

Aries 1B


If that is what you were thinking when you posted the link...wow. Youre working at a much higher level than me!!!

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I can't believe that site. As an aesthetic aside, perhaps they could update it so its actually legible. I mean, maybe maybe we could use pink, blue and underlined font a little more against a pastel background. It's like I'm looking at internet circa 1993.

Yeah. Some people will never understand that highlighting is designed to make something important stand out. Instead, they made something unimportant illegible...
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If that is what you were thinking when you posted the link...wow. Youre working at a much higher level than me!!!

Nah, just a lower threshold of humor and an even lower ability to communicate clearly in written form...

PARTICULARLY since I was laughing so hard at that site that I was beginning to gray out!

Not just, "The Earth is Flat".

The author(s) of that site believe(s) that the Earth is standing still and the rest of the universe is whirling around it!!!

I did think that I was going to die, I was laughing so hard.

It's the early part of the 21st century and there's at least one person out there , who's so certain that Copernicus was wrong, that he set up a web site to promote his view. Now that's funny!

V/R,
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The author(s) of that site believe(s) that the Earth is standing still and the rest of the universe is whirling around it!!!

Well - all movement is relative. In order to say that something is moving you have to say "moving with respect to X" where X is something else.

Saying that the earth is stationary is a perfectly valid thing to do - you just define all other movement of objects in the universe as being wrt the earth. It does not lead to the least complex mathematical model, though.
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You can quantitatively prove that the earth IS NOT stationary.

The Coreolis force is the most readily proven example.
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Already exists: nuclear weapons.
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And along a different vein...

www.climatecrisis.net
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Well - all movement is relative. In order to say that something is moving you have to say "moving with respect to X" where X is something else.

Saying that the earth is stationary is a perfectly valid thing to do - you just define all other movement of objects in the universe as being wrt the earth. It does not lead to the least complex mathematical model, though.

What I understood them to say was that the universe (our sun, Alpha Centari, Caprica , the ether everything) was orbiting around the Earth.

It's just hysterical.

V/R,

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If I am not mistaking, at the peak of the nuclear buildup wacky humanoids had enough energy to vaporize everything on the surface + about 10 yards deep ... yeah I know ... it doesn't answer your question.
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You can quantitatively prove that the earth IS NOT stationary.

The Coreolis force is the most readily proven example.

As if that would prove anything to them.....
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