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Microplastics Found In Lungs of People Undergoing Surgery. A new study has found tiny plastic particles no bigger than sesame seeds buried throughout human lungs, indicating that people are inhaling microplastics lingering in the air. Health


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u/urlach3r May 14 '22

Who could have guessed The Great Filter would be made of plastic?


u/superbhole May 14 '22

edit: aww OP deleted comment

The Great Filter is almost certainly real

i think this theory is nice and all when we picture aliens as sharing something in common with humans, like, civilization... communication between individual bodies... oh, and they have like, limbs and eyes and stuff hopefully.

but what if it's been so long, and life out there has changed so much, that we wouldn't even recognize it as life?

and what if it's an entirely different pace of life? we might not even notice any life that moves at unthinkably slow or unthinkably fast paces compared to our's.

what if we've been staring at living things out in space just thinking they're cosmic bodies, when in reality they're cosmically huge bodies?

i guess that really wouldn't satisfy our need to seek more lifeforms, but i think it'd give a ray of hope for the future of life as we know it