The Threats of Extinction

The media is filled with dire predictions of the future. Is there really reasons to be scared. We have always survived before, right?

In this lecture, a range of different threats that could potentially exterminate human life are covered.

  • Historical extinctions – could it happen again?
  • Current physical threats like climate change, biodiversity loss, droughts, air pollution, desertification and many more.
  • Social threats including war, nuclear meltdowns, political and religious inertia as well as dogma, migration and xenophobia, the rise of “strong men” among others.
  • False hopes based on techno-fixes, our ability to change, moving off planet/underground.

This lecture is not for everyone. Those prone to depression should probably not indulge in 2 hours of bad news, no matter how important those news are.