A recent email thread which I am cc:d on had the following tag line at the bottom:
The dinosaurs were destroyed by an asteroid because they weren’t space-faring.
It then went on to describe how perhaps Gaia decided to try with us mammals – and that we are now developing the capability (whatever that means) to detect and deflect asteorids, and goes on to speculate about future space colonies and spreading beyond Earth to ensure life would survive a planetary catastrophe.
This got me to thinking – as silly comments often do – what about the poor Dodo?
Perhaps the real message in the extinction of the Dodos was that if they were clever enough to invent IEDs (or even handguns – er… wing-guns?) then they would still be around today….
So the lesson to extrapolate from that, of course, is that we should all learn how to make IEDs and go out and purchase guns, to do our part to ensure that our future alien overlords can’t wipe us out the way we did the Dodo..