How Humanity Came To Contemplate Its Possible Extinction: A Timeline

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Media Type: Article - Recent

Date of Publication: September 23

Year of Publication: 2020

Publication City: Cambridge, MA

Publisher: The MIT Press Reader

Author(s): Thomas Moynihan

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It is only in the last couple of centuries that we have begun to grasp that our existence might one day cease to exist forever.

With Covid-19 afflicting the world, and a climate crisis looming, humanity’s future seems uncertain. While the novel coronavirus does not itself pose a threat to the continuation of the species, it has undoubtedly stirred anxiety in many of us and has even sparked discussion about human extinction. Less and less does the end of the species seem an area of lurid fantasy or remote speculation.

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