The Smith, on 22 April 2012 - 02:00 PM, said:
I don't think we will continue to see advancement on the same scale as in the 19th and 20th centuries due to energy concerns, but I don't think we will be seeing any nuclear wars either. As for the ever increasing number of amazingly stupid people, they've all way been there. They're not going anywhere, but the world and, human race will not suffer as a whole. Just give them their bread, circuses... Or Taco Bell and Jersey Shore. They wont get in the way of progress, only an excess of religion can do that, and all recent studies show that religion is dying. So sit back and enjoy the ride. The future is right around the corner
I don't think religion has to disappear entirely, it just has to be made more compatible with science. I'm an agnostic, but I don't see why on the hell God would want to restrict humanity from becoming more advanced and healthier. And way too many take the Bible literally, assuming it was written by God himself when it was infact written by petty and ignorant Isrealites. Then you get zealots like the Westboro church using the Bible to justify their hate for homosexuals. If religion disappeared, we would advance quicker for sure, but I don't think human spirituality is a bad thing and I would love if we could have both. I know plenty of Christians with a positive view on theories of evolution and the big bang. In my opinion, the bigger threat is our lack of political will, and the dollar bill. There is no 100%, tangible, guaranteed investment in going to space and expanding, so why bother at all?
I'm not going to pick #1 because the global nuclear arsenal is only 5 gigatons and not increasing, which is enough to put a dent in a single state/province at the most. Not enough atomic power to choke the world in radiation.
Edited by Zakatak, 22 April 2012 - 02:21 PM.