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Disappearing Humans August 11, 2007

Posted by Mrs Weird Scientist in Animals, Environment, Human Body, Think About It.

Have you ever imagined an Earth without humans? It’s an eerie thought but the intelligent and curious folks over at Scientific American magazine created a short film – The Earth Without Humans. The complementary full article is a long one but it’s definitely an engaging read. Much of the article involves an interview with Alan Weisman, who wrote The World Without Us.

In a way, you have to think about the Earth without humans to realize the impact we have now and would probably continue to have even if we ceased to exist. It’s interesting to watch the traces of human activity fading slowly over the years. I also think it’s scary but perhaps not surprising that the damage humans are doing to the world now would still linger long after we disappear. A scary thought indeed but maybe a good one as well because it can encourage us to be aware of how we impact the Earth while reminding us to make little changes. In fact, when I’ve finished reading my Scientific American or any of my other science magazines, that scary thought is what prompts a little voice in my head to say – Mina, remember to recycle the magazine.

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1. zeitgeiber - August 12, 2007

Glad you liked our video… it was something of a labor of love on the part of one of our artists. And great blog! I just discovered it through a google alert.

2. Miss Weird Scientist - August 12, 2007

Thanks for the kind words! Yep, it’s a really well done video. It sort of leaves me with an unsettled feeling afterwards but that’s only because it’s so thought provoking. :)

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