Lord Of The Flies Essay Humans have been on this earth for thousands of years. Time is one of the many factor that has crafted us into the people we see today. In order for the human race to transfer from the beginning of our existence to now, some extraordinary changes were vital to form our modern day society. What would happen if the modern day society that we have created disappeared from the population? Assuming that people lost all order and returned to our ancient behaviors (Gerund phrase), would certainly cause a disaster.
Lankester’s theory, whilst in support of Darwin, argued against the notion of evolution as a steadily improving progression. Lankester observed that certain species are degenerate forms of other species, for example, he concluded that the barnacle is in fact “a degenerate Crustacean” (Lankester 37). The reasoning given for this is that progressive evolution only occurs in a condition of struggle, with a necessity to adapt in order to survive. Meaning, without this struggle, a species may naturally regress. Lankester does suggest that as humans are “subject to the general laws of evolution” (Lankester 60), implying our species may also fall into this evolutionary regression.
Since ancient times, Smallpox has devastated the world, killing millions of people. Often referred to as the speckled monster, the smallpox disease originated in the new world when Spanish and Portuguese conquistadors and early English settlers arrived in the Americas. Although there had been attempts to cure the disease, including variation, (that came from Asia 2,000 years ago), they all had a high risk of death. It wasn’t until 1796, when Edward Jenner, a English paleontologist came up with a new form of vaccine, it was called inoculation.
Rhetorical Analysis of “It Happened to Him. It’s Happening to You.” By Michael Novacek Paleontologist Michael Novacek wants the world to know that there is extinction on the rise. And, by on the rise, he means that it is happening right now. By using evidence from scientists, including the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, he provides his audience with reliable sources and a sense of trust.
15 The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, by Elizabeth Kolbert Over the past half a billion years, five mass extinction events have radically changed life on earth. Is mankind rapidly propelling the earth to a “Sixth Extinction”? The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History is a compelling story of the forces we have unleashed and the consequences we will reap, if we fail to act quickly.
In the same way nature and humankinds are closely related and cannot be separated; or cannot deny the presence of one another. At the Anthropocene epoch, humankind seems to have control over the nature in some extent, despite that nature wait its time and respond how it’s been treated. At this epoch “human-kind has caused mass extinctions of the planet and animal species, polluted the oceans and altered the atmosphere” (Stromberg, np). Moreover in “The Mutant at Horn Creek” the author shows how humankind altered the natural world and its effect in the
In the same way nature and human kinds are closely related and cannot be separated; or cannot deny the presence of one another. At the Anthropocene epoch, humankind seems to have control over the nature in some extent, despite that nature wait its time and respond how it’s been treated. At this epoch “human-kind has caused mass extinctions of the planet and animal species, polluted the oceans and altered the atmosphere” (Stromberg, np). Moreover, in “The Mutant at Horn Creek” the author shows how humankind will alter the natural world and its effect in the
Atwood believes that the climatic change is something that would cause a huge damage to the world as these climates do not change with the blessing of the Mother Nature but due to the horrid actions that is done by the humans. In the novel, Atwood in many places shows what would be the future like with the abomination of natural
Review of Literature Environmental issues began to be discussed and debated only towards the end of the 20th century. Since then significant amount of literature has been penned down raising awareness about issues of pollution, deforestation, animal rights and several others however it has failed to result in major changes, ideas or even actions to save the environment. Several species of animals have become extinct; pollution level is at an all-time high, global warming is leading to severe climate changes all across the globe but these problems do not seem to alarm the decision makers. Leydier & Martin (2013) also states that, “despite the increasing expression of concern in political and media debates about issues such as climate change, pollution and threats to biodiversity, “political ecology” (operating at the confluence of scientific developments, political engagement and ethical debates) is still trying to find its bearings” (p.7). It is quite evident that environmental issues are not treated in equivalence to political, economic, social or even religious issues.
The challenges will be caused from the inability of mankind to logically think on a broad spectrum about the devastating effects of using a mass produced pesticide on the sacred earth. Carson says, “ Future historians may well be amazed by our distorted sense of proportion. How could intelligent begins seek to control a few unwanted species by a method that contaminated the entire environment and brought the threat of disease and death even to their own kind? Yet this is exactly what we have done.” Carson also logically relates statistical evidence when she says, “ 500 new chemicals which the bodies of men and animals are required somehow to adapt each year, chemicals totally outside the limits of biologic experience.
In the scientific article, “Ancient mass extinction may have shrunk Earth’s creatures” by Sid Perkins, Perkins explains that the mass extinction that occurred millions of years ago may have a correlation to the size of organisms on Earth’s surface in the present. Perkins states that long ago organisms used to be the size of school buses, but information from a new study shows that the mass extinction caused most of the vertebrate species to shrink to the size of a human forearm. Lauren Sallan, a paleobiologist at the University of Pennsylvania, states that the one-hundred thousand year long cold spell which occurred about three-hundred and fifty-nine million years ago during the end of the Devonian Period caused the growth of glaciers. This
People knew Roman armies are very powerful, but they couldn’t defeat smallpox. It destroyed the powerful Roman Empire. On the other hand, smallpox existed a long time ago to kill people. Smallpox has been a scourge against humanity for at least the past 1500 years, and perhaps much longer than that (Edward & Allison, 2003). This means we can’t count how many people died because of smallpox in the past 1500 years.
Numerous ideas have been discussed about why dinosaurs disappeared. Three theories explaining extinction are most common among scientists. One theory about the extinction of dinosaurs is the Volcano Theory. The Volcano Theory involves the idea that erupting volcanoes are the reason that dinosaurs became extinct. Scientists examined the bones of dinosaurs and observed how well the bones were preserved.
Some “abnormal gymnosperm pollen grains” found in China and Russia, which date to the late Permian, imply severe deterioration in global climate and atmospheric conditions (Foster and Afonin, 2005). A very interesting observation associated with the extinction of plants during that period is what is known as the “Coal gap”. The Coal gap is the phenomenon of absence of coal deposits in the Early Triassic and the very rare and thin deposits during the Middle Triassic. There have been many possible explanations for the Coal gap, such as tectonic movement, climate, and fungal decomposers but the most likely reason for it is the extinction of “peat-forming plants” during the Permian Triassic boundary and the fact that it took another 10 million years for new peat-forming plants to evolve since the soil conditions were very different than those in the Permian Period (Retallack et al.,