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There are good reasons for any species to think darkly of its own extinction. Ninety-nine percent of the species that have lived on Earth have gone extinct, including more than five tool-using hominids. A quick glance at the fossil record could frighten you into thinking that Earth is growing more dangerous with time. If you carve the planet’s history into nine ages, each spanning five hundred million years, only in the ninth do you find mass extinctions, events that kill off more than two thirds of all species.

But this is deceptive. Earth has always had her hazards; it’s just that for us to see them, she had to fill her fossil beds with variety, so that we could detect discontinuities across time. The tree of life had to fill out before it could be pruned.

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Ross Andersen’s paradoxically gloomy yet intellectually pleasing piece, “Humanity’s deep future.” (via climateadaptation)

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brook:

going over to strangers’ houses

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going over to strangers’ houses who have a dog

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"the 5 stages of tumblr
stage 1: you will understand nothing, “wtf is this” will be a reoccurring thought
stage 2: once you kind of get the hang of it, you will be on constantly and obsess over followers, even though your blog is probably still shit
stage 3: probably the shortest of all the stages, you will get bored of tumblr for a while and go out in the “real world”.
stage 4: you realize how addicting tumblr really is and how foolish you were to believe you could just leave
stage 5: tumblr becomes your life support. this stage never ends."

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dicksplit:

Being the leader in a group project

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