HT Christian Brady
The Sixth Great Extinction is afoot.
2982 seems a bit optimistic. Will we really last as long as that?
The “Space Age Cargo Cults”* think so.
* “The cults that won Cargoist adherents among the citizens of advanced nations were not always obviously religious. The Type II belief held that great technological breakthroughs would inevitably occur in the near future, and would enable man to continue indefinitely expanding the world’s human carrying capacity. This was a mere faith in a faith…” ~William Catton (1980) Overshoot. University of Illinois Press. p. 187.
Very good point. There seems to be a definite religious quality to some predictions about scientific advancement. A good example would be the idea that we can achieve immortality by downloading our personalities onto computers.