A Finite Existence

As counterpoint to the concept of the Anthropocene, or rather to the way it is currently being used by artists and soft intellectuals, it is useful to consider John Leslie’s thoughts about human extinction. He has given a lot of consideration to Brandon Carter’s Doomsday Argument. The basic point is that it is extremely unlikely that we are living in the very early days of the history of humanity, and more likely that we are somewhere nearer the end. It works as another demonstration that human beings are not special, or necessary.

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