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The End of the World: The Science and Ethics of Human Extinctionby John Leslie
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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 high-energy physics experiments - are explored to help us understand the risks.
One of the greatest threats facing humankind, however, is the insurmountable fact that we are a relatively young species, a risk which is at the heart of the 'Doomsday Argument'. This argument, if correct, makes the dangers we face more serious than we could have ever imagined. This more than anything makes the arrogance and ignorance of politicians, and indeed philosophers, so disturbing as they continue to ignore the manifest dangers facing future generations.
Book News Annotation:
Leslie (philosophy, U. of Guelph) argues for the high likelihood of human extinction in the relatively near future. To this end he discusses the real threats to human existence, be they man-made or natural disasters. However, Leslie places much of the weight of his account on the so- called Doomsday Argument advanced by fellow philosopher Brandon Carter, who simply contends that it is highly unlikely that we should happen to find ourselves among the earliest humans who have ever existed.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Offers an assessment of the many disasters that scientists have predicted and speculated on as leading to apocalypse. The text surveys potential catastrophes - ranging from deadly diseases to a high-energy physics experiment sucking away the atmosphere - and the risks.
Are we in imminent danger of extinction? Yes, according to philosopher John Leslie, in a chilling account of the dangers facing the human race as we approach the second millennium. THE END OF THE WORLD is a sobering assessment of the many disasters that scientists have predicted or speculated as possibilities leading to apocalypse.
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