I would have an idea, or idea.there is a thought that I like very much…
For clarification in advance: I do not have sufficient philosophical or adequate scientific education to answer this question in an all-encompassing and competent manner.I just want to present an idea that I find particularly charming:
So – actually – a bit like coconuts.
There is the popular (not 100% scientifically accepted) Gaia hypothesis[1.This states that the earth can be regarded not only as a haven of countless living beings, but also as living beings.
In modern biology, there is a catalogue of characteristics that characterize “life”.Usually they are summarized as follows:
- Energy and metabolism
- Self-regulation (homeostasis)
- Irritability / ability to react to stimuli
- Reproduction and inheritance
So if one wants to go into the Gaia hypothesis, one finds without much effort relatively satisfactory examples for all criteria, except one.
- The earth absorbs radiation from our sun and radiates heat again. The planet’s magnetic field interacts with charged particles in the solar wind.
Components of the top layers of the atmosphere change under the influence of UV radiation. Comets and asteroids collide with the surface, bringing water (and other volatiles) and minerals/metals. (Metabolism)
Global temperatures are subject to greater fluctuations, but generally do not drift (from earth history) to areas that make life on the surface impossible. (Homeostasis)
in any case. further. Think about it, it’s fun.
Where the whole thing unfortunately falls behind is the reproduction and inheritance.
So we’re back with the coconuts.A coconut contains everything, safely packaged, what is needed to make a new coconut palm. Coconuts float, and drift across the sea until they hit land somewhere, where the new tree promptly grows.
Homo Sapiens Sapiens is the first living being in the history of planet Earth to be able to leavethat earth on its own, living.At this moment, 6 people are living on the ISS.This is not very far away, but it is – strictly speaking – not on Earth.
This creature (H. Sapiens) is known/notorious for often setting out to new shores to open up new habitats for itself.There are basically none on Earth – unless we start living in the ocean.
No, the next new habitats will be sought by humanity on other celestial bodies.Unfortunately, in the immediate vicinity (Luna, Mars, Venus) is nothing that could be seriously called “living space”. Rather, they are extremely inhospitable,hostile environments.No, humanity will sooner or later (rather later?) Create habitats .
For this purpose, the environment is changed by human hands.It is adapted, sometimes to the point of being unrecognizable, so that it meets our requirements as far as possible. We will not live on our own and from canned food. We bring plants (fromtheearth), the plants cannot thrive in the sterile soil, so we bring microbiota (fromtheearth).The plants often cannot reproduce by themselves, so we bring bees and other insects, as well as birds (fromtheearth).We bring animals – pets, farm animals, key species[2 (from the earth).We bring mushrooms (fromtheearth).Where we have a lot of water available we also bring fish and other marine animals (fromtheearth).
It is difficult to get started, but gradually the extraterrestrial habitats of humans will have more and more earthly creatures, more and more biodiversity.Sooner or later (probably much later) they will quite passably depict a biosphere (or several) of the Earth. why? Because we know nothing else and because we ourselves are a part of it and basically only can and want to live in it.
Thus, with a little imagination, one CAN say that the meaning of man is quite simple: man is a vector.Man is the coconut that drifts through space and establishes the life of the earth where he takes root.
Man is the way in which the living being Gaia reproduces and inherits its properties.Wherever humanity goes, the life of the earth also goes. Humanity will nurture and prosper the life that it has brought with it, will make the new world a new home. In 100 (?), 1,000, 100,000, 1,000,000 years, the life that has developed on planet Earth is over who knows how many (today lifeless) worlds are distributed.
All because of a coconut called Homo Sapiens.