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Author Leslie, John, 1940- author

Title The end of the world : the science and ethics of human extinction / John Leslie
Published London ; New York : Routledge, 1996


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Description 310 pages ; 22 cm
Contents Introduction: the risk of extinction -- 1. War, pollution, disease -- 2. Other dangers -- 3. Judging the risks -- 4. Why prolong human history? -- 5. The doomsday argument -- 6. Testing the argument -- 7. Prisoner's dilemma and nuclear revenge
Summary Nuclear war, holes in the ozone layer, disease, genetic engineering, asteroids and supernovas - any of these may bring human history to an end. But are we in imminent danger of extinction? John Leslie assesses the risks facing the human race and concludes: yes, we probably are. Leslie pays particular attention to the 'doomsday argument'. This argument, arising from the undeniable fact that we are a very young species, substantially increases the likelihood of our extinction
Analysis Biology
Doomsday argument
Extinct species
Human ecology
Overseas item
Notes Subtitle of PL copy: The science and ethics of human extinction
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Subject End of the world (Astronomy) -- Moral and ethical aspects.
End of the world -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Extinction (Biology)
Nature -- Effect of human beings on.
LC no. 95038891
ISBN 0415140439