Homage to Robert Hooke: Why There are so Many Fossil Species
Cairns, John Jr.
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Humans, thanks to their modern technology and cheap, abundant fossil energy, are changing the climate and as a result are playing a major role in the extinction of and reduction of the population sizes of many species. Extinction can occur suddenly, slowly, or it can be a result of long-term incremental changes in the habitat that are characteristic of long-term cycles on Earth. Humankind is delusional in believing that its technology will save it from extinction, just as I was delusional when I believed that humankind would be willing to change its lifestyle to achieve sustainable use of the planet.