This guy needs a hobby:

For about 250 years, our species has been known as Homo sapiens, a scientific name in Latin that means “wise man.”

Given the havoc humans are wreaking on natural systems, putting ourselves and so many other living things in peril, we don’t deserve this name, contends Julian Cribb, an Australian science writer and book author. In a letter published in the Aug. 18 issue of the journal Nature, Cribb makes a proposal.

“Changing our species name might risk infringing some of the hallowed rules of nomenclature, but it would send an important signal about our present collective behavior,” he writes.

Cribb has no suggestion for a new name, “because I want humanity at large to discuss this issue — not just scientists,” he said in an email to

The needle on the loon-meter really flickered into the red zone when he cited material in Al Gore’s “Earth in the Balance” as a motivator for his effort:

Cribb’s brief proposal cites a study published in Nature in 2009 that suggests humans must avoid crossing “planetary boundaries” — thresholds set within arenas such as climate change, biodiversity loss and chemical pollution — to avoid catastrophic consequences. The authors of the study suggested that of the 10 systems represented, humans had already gone too far in three. [Earth in the Balance: 7 Crucial Tipping Points]

Whenever Al Gore is placed on any balance scale, you’ve reached a tipping point, and probably subsequent floor collapse.

Okay, a replacement for “Homo sapiens”? How about “‘Not that there’s anything wrong with that’ sapiens”?

“Al Gore Kool Aid chugging sapiens”?

“‘What the hell happened to Hope & Change’ sapiens”?


11 Responses to “Eco-Kook Seeks Replacement Name for ‘Homo-Sapiens’”

  1. cdl on August 27th, 2011 12:48 pm

    homo asininus moronicus theoretica fraudulentus

    or something…

  2. joyannaadams on August 27th, 2011 1:06 pm

    HA! If you listen to the news we are all Racist sapiens..

  3. SignPainterGuy on August 27th, 2011 1:49 pm

    "Whatever" sapiens…

  4. Marshall_Will on August 27th, 2011 1:59 pm

    Julian Cribb may not have a new name for homo sapiens, but I have one for 'him'.

    Clueless @$$hole.

    Now was that so hard?

  5. SignPainterGuy on August 27th, 2011 3:49 pm

    Should that have been "whaticus everus" sapiens ?

  6. connie on August 27th, 2011 5:06 pm


  7. SignPainterGuy on August 28th, 2011 12:53 am

    I thought "homo" meant "same", as in "homo-sexual" – same-sex-ual…..

    I know libs are re-writing "history". Are they re-writing Greek / Latin as well ?

    Looked in all my dictionaries and none of them even hint at homo meaning "wise" anything, much less, man !

  8. Hyperfobea on August 29th, 2011 12:33 pm

    sapiens, prudens, gnarus = wise (L)

  9. ScottB on August 29th, 2011 5:46 pm

    Isn't Homo-Sapien the genus and species classifications for humans? A way to classify us in the Animal Kingdom, per se. This implies evolution, does it not? So this dude wants to go against Charles Darwin? I thought that's a Lefty no-no…

  10. SnakeArbusto on December 3rd, 2011 5:54 am

    Homo delens

  11. snakearbusto on June 15th, 2012 10:01 am

    Exactly. It implies evolution. Say the secret word and divide 100%.

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