When we take into consideration the issue of morality, combine that with the issue of Capitalism, count the slaughter of people by people, the slaughter of our environment by people, then the title of today's post is within bounds.
Some would say "within the bounds of science fiction anyway", and so it goes.
Regular readers know that we once wondered if some economists are from a bubble galaxy astronomers discovered in the constellation Cygnus (Economists - Aliens From Cygnus?).
Then came the very recent discovery that Mars once had a sufficient environment to be a supporter of life, including clean water which humans could drink, and who knows what else (Mars: Analyzing Layers of History - 4).
And to top it off, there was the scientific evidence that microbes from Mars could have been deposited here by meteorites (A Structure RE: The Corruption of Memes - 4).
Then there was the post that quoted a famous scientist who postulated that human intelligence is a fatal mutation (What Kind of Intelligence Is A Lethal Mutation?).
Perhaps when the planet between Mars and Jupiter exploded, perhaps while its civilization was trying to master a Dyson Grid, some of the pieces of their genetics via microbes made it to Earth in the debris (Exploded Planet Hypothesis).
All that is left in that area, from Mars to Jupiter, is destruction where there was once life, and perhaps parts of planets still traveling through space hitting still-existing planets less frequently now, evidenced by the recent near misses (Weekend Rebel Science Excursion - 15).
Was it our ancestors who did that destruction, and is our destructive civilization that way because it still has their defective DNA (Hypothesis: Microbes Generate Toxins of Power - 6)?
We have read the news today, oh boy:
"A combined climate-carbon crisis is estimated to claim 100 million lives between now and the end of the next decade," the report said.(Oil-Qaeda: The Indictment - 2). Some older news enhances the picture by adding to the notion that current civilization behaves as if it is alien to planet Earth:
America’s top military officer in charge of monitoring hostile actions by North Korea, escalating tensions between China and Japan, and a spike in computer attacks traced to China provides an unexpected answer when asked what is the biggest long-term security threat in the Pacific region: climate change.
“People are surprised sometimes,” he added, describing the reaction to his assessment. “You have the real potential here in the not-too-distant future of nations displaced by rising sea level. Certainly weather patterns are more severe than they have been in the past. We are on super typhoon 27 or 28 this year in the Western Pacific. The average is about 17.”
In the first post in this series, On The Memorial Daze, Dredd Blog listed many categories of life in our world that the leaders of our civilization have willingly made extinct.(On The Memorial Daze - 3). This week I read that Penguins are in extinction trouble and monarch butterflies are in extinction trouble.
Add 200 more each day since then, for 365 days, and the leaders of our civilization have led us, yes urged us, to murder another 73,000 species since they last memorialized death and destruction on a memorial day of the Unmemorialized.
Now we can also add to the bulk of the extinct life forms those we call amphibians, which have all but disappeared, to the Unmemorialized.
Thus, there are many names for the current time we live in.
Scientists call it The Anthropocene Epoch, a time in which the Sixth Mass Extinction is taking place.
Other scientists tell us we are the most evolved species, the species who can end evolution by ending life on this the Memorable Earth.
The alien economists still don't seem to get it, wondering: Is Capitalism Moral?
It is odd that creationists and evolutionists are at odds over our origins, but climate scientists are more concerned about our demise, warning us to preserve first, then study old origin stuff, subsequent to our mastery of living well with each other and "our" planet.