Think tank: Major human extinction more likely to kill you than traffic accident


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Yeh, the End of All Thing IS at hand. File yer tax return first, okay?

Robinson Meyer at the Atlantic channels the best of science:

Nuclear war. Climate change. Pandemics that kill tens of millions.

These are the most viable threats to globally organized civilization. They’re the stuff of nightmares and blockbusters—but unlike sea monsters or zombie viruses, they’re real, part of the calculus that political leaders consider everyday. And according to a new report from the U.K.-based Global Challenges Foundation, they’re much more likely than we might think.

In its annual report on “global catastrophic risk,” the nonprofit debuted a startling statistic: Across the span of their lives, the average American is more than five times likelier to die during a human-extinction event than in a car crash.More.

The hat tipper writes to complain that he thinks “a fatal car crash qualifies as a human extinction event.” He needs to apply for a grant to analyze his idea from a more academic angle.

Incidentally, Meyer sniffs, regarding some global monitoring proposal to prevent the putative disaster:

He also thought many problems could be helped if democratic institutions had some kind of ombudsman or committee to represent the interests of future generations. (This strikes me as a distinctly European proposal—in the United States, the national politics of a “representative of future generations” would be thrown off by the abortion debate and unborn personhood, I think.)

Yes indeed. When the future is lying in bags destined for the incinerator, it seems fruitless to worry about apocalypses. That’s true in Europe too but they are too cool to notice.

See also: If math is not real, BS stats are okay. Right? Generally speaking, naturalism is bad for science, and that conundrum demonstrates the fact.

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  • JoKeR

    Don’t you know?

    • Him too?

      • JoKeR

        Just ask David Miller at the World Wildlife Fund!

  • Ron MacDonald

    Speaking of global warming…

  • simus1

    The leftist meme as practiced for so long and so boringly at NatGeo is the potential catastrophes that are about to overtake all of us in all of our everyday situations. At the last moment government or at least government grants ride in “to fund science” and we are saved again.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    This apocalyptic vision is 40 years old, although it might describe the state of Europe more accurately than the earth’s environment.

  • WalterBannon

    With leaders like Trudeau etc, extinction would be a well deserved end to mankind.

  • Clausewitz

    Someone please cite me a “credible” source showing that Global Warming has been directly responsible for a single death on the planet. Anyone? (crickets, crickets).

  • Hard Little Machine

    I’m sure I no longer care either way. Let the meteor obliterate us.