Would extinction be so bad? Given the amount of suffering on Earth, the value of the continued existence of the planet is an open question.
By Roger Crisp (10 August 2021)
In recent decades it has often been said that we are living at the "hinge of history", an unprecedented period during which a catastrophic event such as rapid climate change, nuclear war or the release of a synthesised pathogen may bring an end to human and perhaps all sentient life on the planet.
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This article is part of the Agora series, a collaboration between the New Statesman and Aaron James Wendland, senior research fellow in philosophy at Massey College, Toronto.