Critical Thinking

Lazy Afternoon Reruns: “Shut Up, Doomsayers!”

Human beings love an apocalypse. These kinds of mythic anticipation are as old as recorded history. Each religion has its own version of what the end-times will look like, when the existential dilemma is finally solved, when we will be allowed to know, for certain, the point of all this worldly confusion and suffering. All the way up to our modern times— now, we’ve got our blockbuster action films about every massively destructive force from tidal waves to runaway robots! Yet, in this age of data, when “the aimless blade of science slashed the pearly gates,” this new incarnation of our collective end has taken an even more frightening new turn.

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