The Most Humbling Thought About the Future
Most educated people are aware that we’re the outcome of nearly four billion years of Darwinian selection, but many tend to think that humans are somehow the culmination. Our sun, however, is less than halfway through its lifespan. Six billion years from now, it will not be humans who watch the sun’s demise. Any creatures that then exist will be as different from us as we are from bacteria or amoebae.
-Martin Rees, cosmologist and astrophysicist
Posted on January 11, 2012, in Science and tagged bacteria and amoebae, culmination of evolution, death of the sun, evolution of humans, Martin Rees, purpose of evolution, six billion years from now. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.