The sixth "mass extinction event" in the history of planet Earth is currently under way, with over two hundred species dying off every day. The cause of this seismic event is also the source of the single biggest threat to human life: our own inventions.
But for all our talk about sea levels and biotechnology, do we really know what our future will actually look like? Will our immune systems be attacked by so-called super bugs, always evolving, and more easily spread than ever? Will the disappearance of numerous species cripple the biosphere? And if it does, what happens then? In this provocative, gripping book, Scientific American editor Fred Guterl explores these and other looming scenarios in vivid detail - the way they might really happen - and then proffers the means to avoid them.
We find ourselves in a trap: Technology got us into this mess, and it’s also the only thing that can help us survive it. Guterl’s riveting book is a grand and necessary thought experiment, not merely a scary story, but a fresh perspective on the world we’re remaking, and a route to safe harbor.
Fast moving, gripping and quite plausible. I would recommend this book to anyone with this interest.
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
Accuracy would have helped. Maybe a single mention of what even the UN now states, that total world population will likely hit 9 billion and, for demographic reasons, start going down significantly.
What do you think your next listen will be?
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Scott Peterson?
For this God aweful book? Elmer Fudd.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
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