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Our Final Hour: A Scientist's Warning: How terror, Error, and Environmental Disaster Threaten Humankind's Future in This Century - Earth and Beyond

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  • Posted June 9, 2009

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    Very good book

    lucid and relevant.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2004

    One thousand one ways to the end of the world

    This is an outstanding, clearly written book that aims to present the principal dangers now facing mankind. It does this with the clear hope of providing certain guidance as to how we can avoid a premature doom. Rees seems especially troubled by the dangers presented by new technologies, and the possibility that they will enable very small groups of people, or even a single individual to carry out massively destructive actions. He considers the dangers from nanotechnology, from the new genetics, from the possibility of nuclear weapons in the hands of terrorists. He considers too the possible natural catastrophes that might come to mankind. And he is very much concerned with environmental dangers brought by the age of Technology. In all these areas his exposition is concise,and informative .He writes with balance, and a very broad knowledge of scientific and technological developments. It is impossible to say that such a catalogue of disasters makes for pleasant reading, but the work is highly instructive and should provide new insight to all those who concern themselves with the ultimate fate of Mankind. One caveat is my sense that in suggesting that Mankind is on its way toward evolving toward something else, or being perhaps replaced by a machine- species of its own invention he presents no real ultimate hope for the endurance of the human essence and situation as we know it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2004

    Must read!!

    Very hard to put this book down...Discusses all possible scenarios that could happen with life on earth. Fascinating stuff, learned a lot...

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