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8: Homo sapiens Futures - Doom, Gloom, and Hope?
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- 8.1: Introduction
- I don't know a better way to say it, but as a species we've pretty much permanently screwed-up our planet. The real question is "What now?" Do we continue our nihilist craze to destroy the rest before going extinct, or do we try to salvage and restore as much we can?
- 8.2: Doom and Gloom
- "We must acknowledge, as it seems to me, that man with all his noble qualities, with sympathy which feels for the most debased, with benevolence which extends not only to other men but to the humblest living creature, with his god-like intellect which has penetrated into the movements and constitution of the solar system—with all these exalted powers—Man still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin." - Darwin 1871
- 8.3: Hope
- "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." -Margaret Mead