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Life After People

Life After People

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Grade:
C

What if humanity was wiped out in the blink of an eye and the world was left to develop without the corrupt influence of man? Would there be some form of evolution among a closer relative to the human species and the rise of a new structure of civilization unlike one we’ve ever imagined or would the Earth simply heal itself from the damages we’ve done in the name of science and advancement? The History Channel invites you to discover life after people.

Such a fascinating hypothetical that can go in any direction and would probably still find the same level of interest from, well, pretty much anybody. Wondering what life would be like without humanity on Earth is kind of like wondering where we came from or Global Warming. I saw a lot of potential in the show and felt let down extremely.

The worst approach to this material would be to treat it as an absolute hypothetical and close all roads to discovery by putting on display a one dimensional outlook. Instead of giving you a handful of options as to what would happen to the Earth the show hits on the decline of all things human. Worst of all the sudden disappearance of humanity all together leaves the nagging logical that if were all history chances are we didn’t go quietly. The show presumes that there will still be structures to undergo massive shutdowns such as power plants and residential area’s which will act as prisons to household pets and whatnot. Its likely that if humanity is gone that it had more to do with warfare. The only other observation would be rapture but there has always been a huge line drawn in the sand between science and religion so I don’t know.

Like all hypothetical hypothesis opinions will sit on both sides of the fence as to weather or not this show is genius or simply to drawn out for its own good and illogical, which is where I sit. Its science so its probably not looking for a friend but as a form of entertainment I felt it was lacking.

Peter Oberth
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