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The amount of sea ice around Antarctica has melted to a record low for January, scientists announced this week.

As of January 1, there was 2.11 million square miles of sea ice around the continent, the smallest January area since records began in 1978, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center.

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    • Interesting question. I have long suspected that human civilization has neither been continuous nor singular. The Göbekli Tepe archaeological site in Turkey is about 12,000 years old. It predates both the advent of the agricultural revolution and the end of the last ice age. What might exist under the vast Antarctic ice sheets probably won’t be discovered by us, however. If all or even most of that ice melted, the climate would be so hot that Homo sapiens couldn’t survive – at least not in its current evolutionary state.

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  1. While our climate change clock ticks closer to midnight, the fossil-fuel-addicts running our government are fighting for billions of dollars to build a “very tall, strong concrete wall” to protect our southern border. Oh, the dangerous games we-humans play!

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        • I cannot speak to our creators’ design because I don’t hold any such theistic beliefs. However, I have written about human nature repeatedly on this blog. In short, our competitiveness and combativeness evolved over time as a successful survival trait, but it has since become problematic as our modern civilization has become more complex and populous. In other words, extreme aggression worked when we were sparsely-dispersed hunter-gatherers, but it is incompatible in highly integrated and dependent societies where cooperation is an imperative.

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  2. Excellent comment, Robert. Also no theist beliefs, so no design beliefs, but is it a flaw? Or just the means of evolution to make room for new species? And our self destruction may be so complete, there will be no liveable space for new species unless they like it very hot.

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