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The End of the World: The Science and Ethics of Human Extinction

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Are we in imminent danger of extinction? Yes, we probably are, argues John Leslie in his chilling account of the dangers facing the human race as we approach the second millenium. The End of the World is a sobering assessment of the many disasters that scientists have predicted and speculated on as leading to apocalypse. In the first comprehensive survey, potential catastrophes - ranging from deadly diseases to a high-energy physics experiment sucking away the atmosphere - are explored to help us understand the risks. One of the greatest threats facing humankind,

Synopsis:

Nuclear war, holes in the ozone layer, disease, genetic engineering, asteroids and supernovas - any of these may bring human history to an end. But are we in imminent danger of extinction? John Leslie assesses the risks facing the human race and concludes: yes, we probably are. Leslie pays particular attention to the 'doomsday argument'. This argument, arising from the undeniable fact that we are a very young species, substantially increases the likelihood of our extinction.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 289-305) and index.

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ISBN:
9780415140430
Author:
Leslie, John
Publisher:
Routledge
Author:
Leslie John
Location:
London ;
Subject:
Nature
Subject:
Philosophy & Social Aspects
Subject:
Human Geography
Subject:
End of the world
Subject:
Extinction (Biology)
Subject:
Nature -- Effect of human beings on.
Subject:
End of the world (Astronomy) -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Subject:
Extinction
Subject:
Homme
Subject:
Fin du monde
Subject:
Science Reference-Philosophy of Science
Copyright:
Series Volume:
no. 3
Publication Date:
19960431
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.83x5.79x1.20 in. 1.15 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Nuclear war, holes in the ozone layer, disease, genetic engineering, asteroids and supernovas - any of these may bring human history to an end. But are we in imminent danger of extinction? John Leslie assesses the risks facing the human race and concludes: yes, we probably are. Leslie pays particular attention to the 'doomsday argument'. This argument, arising from the undeniable fact that we are a very young species, substantially increases the likelihood of our extinction.
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