Posted: Sep 29, 2018 9:43 am
by Cito di Pense
Hermit wrote:We, on the other hand, are in the process of destroying it all by our own little selves.


This is not really a very strong point, because of the feedback between biological activity and the environment. Use of the term 'destroying' is arrogant and ignorant. What you denote is 'destroying the habitat that sustains us'. Something else will surely survive, even if it is only extremophile bacteria around undersea volcanic vents. If you think there is something special about living systems, there isn't. These systems are self-replicating and subject to selection effects, and that's about it, unless you subscribe to the woo of vitalism. Your pointed remarks about "our own little selves" is packed with the moral judgement of 'responsibility', and I'll unpack it further for you if the need arises.