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The Doomsday Argument Reconsidered

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In our current unstable world, nuclear warfare, climate crises, and techno nihilism are three perilous clouds hovering over an anxious humanity. In this article I examine our current state of affairs with regard to the imminent risk of nuclear holocaust, rapid climate emergencies destroying the planet, and the cultural and political consequences of emerging technologies on the fate of civilization. In the wake of innumerable existential threats to the future of our world, I revisit the plausibility of the Doomsday Argument, which predicts the end of human existence.
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4
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3
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113-127
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2020-11-05
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  • Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology, Adelphi University
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