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Humanity Has Peaked And We’re On The Decline, Scientist Claims |The Republican News

Dan Satherley

We had a good run, but it’s all downhill from here for humanity.

At least according to a new study, which looked at 120 years of data and came to a rather depressing conclusion: we’ve peaked as a species.

Professor Jean-François Toussaint of Paris Descartes University says there appears to be “maximum thresholds” of age, height, strength and sporting ability that we have now reached.

“These traits no longer increase, despite further continuous nutritional, medical, and scientific progress,” he said in a new paper published in scientific journal Frontiers in Psychology.

While more people reach these thresholds as incomes and technology improve, none appear to be able to break them.

“This suggests that modern societies have allowed our species to reach its limits. We are the first generation to become aware of this.”

Sporting records are taking longer to break than they used to – no one has beaten Usain Bolt’s 100-metre and 200-metre records of 2009, for example. Before 2008, the 200-metre record went unbroken for 22 years.

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The confirmed oldest person who ever lived was Jeanne Clement, who died 20 years ago aged 122.

Swimming saw records tumble in recent years, but much of that was put down to hi-tech swimsuits – and it’s been suggested many will never be broken again, with international swimming bodies banning the suits.

Prof Toussaint says humanity may now be on the decline, with climate change taking its toll.

“Human height has decreased in the last decade in some African countries; this suggests some societies are no longer able to provide sufficient nutrition for each of their children and maintain the health of their younger inhabitants.”

Age and health statistics should continue to improve however, as much of the world lags behind the proposed maximum thresholds – so there’s plenty of room to improve yet.

“Now that we know the limits of the human species, this can act as a clear goal for nations to ensure that human capacities reach their highest possible values for most of the population,” says Prof Toussaint.  (Newshub)

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This Is What The World Looked Like 300 Million Years Ago |The Republican News

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             Picture: MASSIMO PIETOBON

Once upon a time, the world as we know it was pretty much one big continent, where Eurasia, North America, South America, Africa, India, Antarctica and Australia were all fused as one.

 

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It’s believed that it assembled from earlier continental units approximately 335 million years ago and began to break up about 175 million years ago – and was mostly situated in the southern hemisphere.

 

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Over the passage of time and some very complex science stuff the continent began to break up.

Now an artist, Massimo Pietrobon has created a map with modern political borders – and it’s not what you’d expect.

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In the map, Great Britain is no longer an island, but has land borders France, Norway and Ireland, and the United States now borders Morocco, Mauritania, Senegal and Cuba.

Canada borders Denmark, Portugal, and Morocco and Spain has a land border with Algeria

Italy borders Tunisia. Greece borders Libya.

Brazil, famous for its beaches is now landlocked and borders Nambia and Liberia among others.

Tibet isn’t attached to China anymore, but Australia.

Australia also borders Antarctica, which is next to India, Sri Lanka and Mozambique.

See a zoomable, high-res version of the map here.

HT Brilliant Maps


More: This map of Earth is the most accurate ever produced, and it looks completely different

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Quarrel Destorys Mankind But Kindness And Compassion Are Signs Of Faith

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A farmer in ancient China had a neighbour who was a hunter, and who owned ferocious and poorly trained hunting dogs.
They jumped over the fence frequently and chased the farmer’s lambs. The farmer asked his neighbour to keep his dogs in check, but this fell on deaf ears.
One day the dogs again jumped the fence, attacked and severely injured several of the lambs.
The farmer had enough of his neighbour’s negligence. He ‎went to town to consult a judge who listened carefully to the story and said: “I could punish the hunter and ‎ instruct him to keep his dogs chained or lock them up. But you would lose a friend and gain an enemy. Which would you rather have, friend or foe for a neighbour?”
The farmer replied that he preferred a friend. “Alright, I will offer you a solution that keeps your lambs safe, and which will keep your neighbour as a friend.”
Having heard the judge’s solution, the farmer agreed. Once at home, the farmer immediately put the judge’s suggestions to the test.
He took three of his best lambs and presented them to his neighbour’s three small sons, who were overjoyed to receive such lovely pets and began to play with them.
To protect his sons’ newly acquired playthings, the hunter built a strong kennel for his dogs. Since then, the dogs never again bothered the farmer’s lambs.
Out of gratitude for the farmer’s generosity toward his sons, the hunter often shared the game he had hunted with the farmer.
The farmer reciprocated by sending the hunter, lamb meat and cheese he had made. Within a short time, the neighbours became good friends.
A saying in old China went something like this, “One can win over and influence people the best with gestures of kindness and compassion.”
There is another similar Western saying: “One catches more flies with honey than with vinegar.” And, “Do you know what is better than charity and fasting and prayer? It is keeping peace and good relations between people, as quarrels and bad feelings destroy mankind.”
Kindness and compassion are signs of faith. Let us make it a part of us to be polite when we speak and not make rude remarks and bring people down with our words at every opportunity we get, especially with our families, friends and colleagues.

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