How Many Times Has Civilization Been Destroyed?

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  1. Mels_Smileys45

    Mels_Smileys45 JabberZombie Established Member

    Any of you guys ever wonder if maybe there has been many intelligent civilizations inhabit the Earth over the billions of years that the Earth has been here? I somethimes think about shit like that. So many civilizations could be less than dust even if it was just a million years ago. The Egyptians were fairly successful in leaving monuments behind that have lasted a long time but 4,000 years is only a blip in time to the mother Earth. Was Atlatis only a story to emphasize how people have lost so much history of our species? What did the ancient people we know of know about our heritage? If only there had been some damn way to leave behind a message to tell us what and where we came from. Will people know we existed thousands of years from now? DO we have the technolgy to leave behind records when catastrophe get rid of us like has surely happened before. I saw a show that said even with all our adavaced technolgy we do not have anything that will stay around as long as the egyptians simple stone tech. We could be erased with a blink of an eye! Yellow Stone state park could take us out right now. Its like 60,000 years over due for a major explosion. The longer it builds up the worse the explosion it will be!

    I must go now! I almost forgot about going to the movies! I hope I am not too late! Discuss this stupid shit without me! :confused:
  2. Signa

    Signa COCK ROCKET!!! Established Member

    I've considered that possibility before, but I don't see how it would be possible. At least, no other civilization has reached the epic level we have, or we would be digging up old concrete and other artifacts. There still is that one unexplained instance of random tubes and pipes in that volcano in China though. It would be pretty sweet if that is all that is left from some one's geothermal power plant from eons ago.

    RACKnRAIL 今は知っているでしょ Staff Member Moderator

    I know one thing, humans have been around for a lot longer than the bible says we have.

    In comparison to the dinosaur, we humans have not roamed earth for very long. We'd be very lucky to do so well.
  4. YWD67

    YWD67 YOUR WATCH DOG 67 Established Member

    Epic on the scale of greatness or stupidity?

    You tell me what kind of epic civilization makes live action movies about crappy 80's Saturday morning cartoon shows?

    The same civilization has an efficient system of planet wide real time information exchange?
    Yet the greatest majority of the information being accessed by that civilization is porn.

    Now I ask you, epicly great or epicly stupid?
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  5. mfgbypooter

    mfgbypooter Super Pooper Staff Member Moderator

    Too bad I flushed this morning or I could have shown you the definition of epic.


    RACKnRAIL 今は知っているでしょ Staff Member Moderator

    I had a double-flush poop this morning myself. I must say, it was one of the most satisfying dumps I've had for quite a while. I quess that t-bone steak with corn on the cob and a bowl of cherries for dessert was the perfect combo.

    I know....:eek:fftopic:pooter started it!!
  7. CRLocky

    CRLocky Because I want to

    I've thought about this myself...

    Just considering planet Earth, maybe a few times, who knows. But what about other hospitable planets in our galaxy?
  8. Signa

    Signa COCK ROCKET!!! Established Member

    You are confusing civilization with culture. The human civilization is quite "epic." We've reached the moon and can talk to anyone on the planet within seconds. There is nothing stupid about that. However, it is our culture that needs a lot of work. People are hateful and greedy. All people want is to make money and destroy others. That has little to do with what we'd dig up if there was another civilization like us before us.

    RACKnRAIL 今は知っているでしょ Staff Member Moderator




    "Civilization" is often used as a synonym for the broader term "culture" in both popular and academic circles.[1] Every human being participates in a culture, defined as "the arts, customs, habits... beliefs, values, behavior and material habits that constitute a people's way of life".[2] However, in its most widely used definition, civilization is a descriptive term for a relatively complex agricultural and urban culture. Civilizations can be distinguished from other cultures by their high level of social complexity and organization, and by their diverse economic and cultural activities.


    1. An advanced state of intellectual, cultural, and material development in human society, marked by progress in the arts and sciences, the extensive use of record-keeping, including writing, and the appearance of complex political and social institutions.
    2. The type of culture and society developed by a particular nation or region or in a particular epoch: Mayan civilization; the civilization of ancient Rome.
    3. The act or process of civilizing or reaching a civilized state.
    4. Cultural or intellectual refinement; good taste.
    5. Modern society with its conveniences:
  10. Signa

    Signa COCK ROCKET!!! Established Member

    Ok, fair enough RnR, but I hope my point wasn't lost. Even if the dictionary definition of the words I used aren't correct, the point I was making was for the current human civilization. You can use the same word to describe a section of the population. Unless I'm reading Mel's post wrong, I think he's saying that he is wondering if another race of monkeys or something had their turn building forts and intelectual conversations with each other, and then experienced their own Armageddon which paved the way for us. The Ancients in Stargate would be the perfect example of what I thought Mels is getting at.

    RACKnRAIL 今は知っているでしょ Staff Member Moderator

    I was just being objectively difficult...nothing personal, my friend. It's just that when I looked up the definition I found that culture seemed quite relevant to civilization.

    Back on track, I am sure that's what Mels meant.
  12. mountain_rage

    mountain_rage Zeropaids nipple Staff Member Moderator

    Documentaries are always so melodramatic. We have many many many structures that will outlast the pyramids.

    And we will have thousands of little black boxes littering the entire surface of the earth.
  13. Signa

    Signa COCK ROCKET!!! Established Member

    Let's be fair though, Those structures are built into mountains, and are built to last nukes. I don't think that the Eqyptians had longevity in mind they made the pyramids. I'm sure they wanted it to last, but I doubt this long.
  14. mountain_rage

    mountain_rage Zeropaids nipple Staff Member Moderator

    Whats the difference? The Egyptians wasted the lives of thousands of people to build some spoilt brat pharaohs overly large building block structure so they could feel proud about their small hard on. Its nothing special, the structures are simple, just large. We build structures to last as long as we choose them to, essentially we could build anything we want in this day and age, we just don't for economic reasons.
  15. Signa

    Signa COCK ROCKET!!! Established Member

    The difference is that I think that if you went back in time and told the Pharaohs that the pyramids would be around when people are riding around in flying machines and breaking the speed of sound (sound has speed, wut?) they would be shocked and then probably have a party to celebrate their ego. You tell some one in Washington that Cheyenne Mountain will last just as long, and they will just say "Yeah, I know. It was built to last a nuke you 'tard!"
  16. mountain_rage

    mountain_rage Zeropaids nipple Staff Member Moderator

    You just gave me an epiphany. Here is what manifested in Egypt when pyramids were first built. For a long time before the pyramids all great structures being built to commemorate some egomaniacal ruler got destroyed as soon as the next big army took over. So at that time some Pharaoh decided to build the strongest structure he could think of and enslaved all his builders to build it. Once it was built the pharaoh had a big stupid grin on his face and sent a messenger to all his enemies. The message read " Let me see you break this fucking thing, assholes" . That is why the pyramids were built. The next army to take over the land took out the nose of the Sphinx took a break and looked up at the pyramids in exaustion, at this point the leader exclaimed : "We have too options, we can enslave our people to take this apart or we can build somewhere else. Fuck it guys, this is too much work, lets just leave them and build somewhere else".
  17. moneoa

    moneoa Vita!!!!!!! Staff Member Moderator

    Your talking about a civilization obsessed with the afterlife and eternity. I'm quite positive their intentions were to build things to last forever from the mummies to their architecture inclusive.

    I find yours a strange statement.... You are versed in some egyptian mythology no?
  18. Signa

    Signa COCK ROCKET!!! Established Member

    Yeah, I kinda forgot about that fact. I concede.
  19. YWD67

    YWD67 YOUR WATCH DOG 67 Established Member

    It's a safe bet that it wasn't a National Geographic special.

    On a sie note not I was just positive repped for my post on this thread by Dark Messenger.

    Wish he would come back from his two year toure of the south Pacific and post on a reuglar bases again.

    UPDATE: I am bad. Sorry DM I was thinking of Black Magic.
    Thanks for the rep anyway.

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