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Human Extinction

Kathleen Miles

Will Artificial Intelligence Doom The Human Race Within The Next 100 Years?

HuffingtonPost.com | Kathleen Miles | Posted 08.22.2014 | World

An Oxford philosophy professor who has studied existential threats ranging from nuclear war to superbugs says the biggest danger of all may be superin...

4 Under-Represented Ways We Could Go Extinct

Ravishly | Posted 07.08.2014 | Science
Ravishly

As the morbid and jaded creatures we are, humans really get a kick out of pondering our species' ultimate demise. It's time we give some love to more obscure, but still scientifically plausible means of extinction.

Stop Worrying, Humans Aren't Going Extinct Any Time Soon

Justin Beach | Posted 08.06.2014 | Canada Impact
Justin Beach

In 2014 there are more nuclear weapons than ever, but we don't really talk about them very much. Instead we talk, primarily about the possibility of human extinction due to climate change, food shortages, ocean acidification or, occasionally, super-volcanos or comet collisions. All of these things are possible, and all of them are very unlikely to cause the extinction of humanity.

Are We Falling Off the Climate Precipice?

Dahr Jamail | Posted 02.16.2014 | Green
Dahr Jamail

We are currently in the midst of what scientists consider the sixth mass extinction in planetary history, with between 150 and 200 species going extinct daily, a pace 1,000 times greater than the "natural" or "background" extinction rate.

Last Hours for Humanity?

Tom Weis | Posted 10.08.2013 | Green
Tom Weis

Earth is sending us an urgent and unmistakable message, one that we ignore at our own peril. Failure to drastically slash carbon emissions now could mean the end of humanity.

WATCH: Is The Human Race In Danger Of Becoming Extinct Soon?

Louise Leakey | Posted 09.04.2013 | TED Weekends
Louise Leakey

2013-07-03-leakeypullWhat the fossil record does is force us to contemplate our place on the planet. We are but one species of several hominids that inhabited planet earth and like our distant cousins who went extinct fairly recently, our time on planet earth is also finite.

Super-Volcano Not To Blame For Humans' Near-Extinction, Ash Study Shows

Posted 04.30.2013 | Science

By: Charles Q. Choi, OurAmazingPlanet Contributor Published: 04/29/2013 03:04 PM EDT on LiveScience A supervolcanic eruption thought to have nearl...

Bianca Bosker

WATCH: Are We Risking Our Own Extinction?

HuffingtonPost.com | Bianca Bosker | Posted 04.29.2013 | Science

Technology is risky business. At least, that's what some scientists fear: the proposed Center for the Study of Existential Risk at the University of C...

Celebrating Apophis Day

Dan Mack | Posted 02.26.2013 | TED Weekends
Dan Mack

Who cares if life as we know it can continue on the planet Earth? This is not a rhetorical question. Who, specifically, cares? As importantly, why should those of us who read this today give Near Earth Object detection and deflection any of our precious time, money, or attention?

The Trouble With Meteors

John Geoghegan | Posted 02.22.2013 | TED Weekends
John Geoghegan

Unfortunately for us, earth has experienced at least five mass extinctions during the past 540 million years. Some scientists believe it may be as many as twenty. In other words, mass extinction events are not uncommon.

Facing Existential Risk: How the U.S. Survived the Atom Bomb and the Ozone Hole

William Heegaard | Posted 08.01.2012 | College
William Heegaard

In this project I examine the history behind American perception of human extinction. I explore how existential risk has shaped foreign policy by tracing the domestic debate over nuclear war and ozone depletion.

8 Ways We Might Be Causing Our Own Extinction

Fred Guterl | Posted 07.22.2012 | Books
Fred Guterl

Our own success as a species has created new a terrifying risks that didn't exist a few decades ago. By our dominating presence on the planet, we are in danger of upsetting climate systems in ways we don't fully understand.

Superman Versus The Supermemes

Rebecca Costa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Rebecca Costa

How did we allow our educational systems to fall so far, so fast? When did the welfare of our children go the same way as health care, the safety of our food and the callous obliteration of our environment?

Work In Groups? Tax Junk Food?

Rebecca Costa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Rebecca Costa

We reach a "cognitive threshold" beyond which we cannot progress. Another way to say this is that humans, and human societies, can go no further than their inherited biology will allow them to.