Philip Ball

Are we all doomed?

Philip Ball
Science writer

There is a statistical answer. If you assume, as common sense suggests, that there is nothing special about us as human beings, it is unlikely that we are among the first or last people ever to exist. A conservative guess at the trajectory of population growth implies that humanity has between 5,000 and eight million years left. Whether that's a sentence of doom or a reprieve is a matter of taste.


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This article first appeared in the 06 June 2011 issue of the New Statesman, Are we all doomed?