The End is Near!

Doomsayers like to think they’ve made a rational, scientific inquiry and discovered that the past is an unreliable guide: Sure, we’ve survived all these millennia, but we’ve never faced global threats like the ones today. But I share M. Skinner’s belief that they’re being hubristic in assigning themselves such a special place in history: the first humans ever to accurately foresee the end. It’s always possible they’re right. It seems far more probable they’re like all the past prophets of doom who mistakenly thought they were special, too.

Isn’t That Special? Copernicus Meets Doomsday,” by John Tierney, Tierney Lab, January 31, 2007
See “The End Is Near,” by Amir Malka.