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Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?

By Bill McKibben
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Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out? by Bill McKibben

Falter (2019) provides a rather sobering counterargument to the rash of optimistic books about the present and future that have been appearing on the market lately. Instead of everything being pretty good and set to get even better, author Bill McKibben argues that things are already pretty bad and are on a course to get even worse, due to the threats posed to humanity by climate change, genetic engineering and artificial intelligence. He then goes on to provide some suggestions for how we can deal with these threats before it’s too late.  

  • Those skeptical of authors preaching optimism about the future of humanity
  • Science fiction buffs wondering about the likelihood of a dystopian 21st century
  • Any human being concerned about the survival of our species

Bill McKibben is a professor of Environmental Studies at Middlebury College in Vermont, a founder of the environmental organization and the author of 17 books. Those books include three bestsellers: The End of Nature, Deep Economy and Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet. He’s also received the Gandhi Prize, the Thomas Merton Prize, and the Right Livelihood Prize for his political activism and advocacy on climate change.

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