The End of the World As We Know It?

Thursday, August 26, 2010


All this week, we've been talking with our friends from Scientific American about endings — how cultures fade, and natural resources dwindle. Today, we’re focusing on something even bigger: the end of human life as we know it — in other words, the apocalypse. The question of course, is how will it happen? Nuclear war? a killer virus, or perhaps an environmental disaster?

John Matson, online news reporter for Scientific American, has been talking with specialists from a wide range of scientific backgrounds about the end of the world, for a story called "Laying odds on the apocalypse." Together, they’ve placed odds on a variety of doomsday scenarios. He speaks with us about what they found.


John Matson

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer

Comments [2]

Garry G from Brooklyn, NY

Enjoyed the interview... thanks

Just to build on this conversation - there is a framework used in world of foresight (futures studies) around four common scenario archetypes for the future: growth, collapse, constrained or transformed --- so easy to find where end of the world thinking falls!

Aug. 26 2010 09:48 AM
Ed from Larchmont

"Unless abortion is eliminated there is no hope for civilization.' Mother Teresa, her birthday is today.

Aug. 26 2010 07:14 AM

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