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'How Humanity Discovered Its Own Extinction' with Thomas Moynihan & Lisa Doeland

On Tuesday, June 11, De Dépendance welcomes the British historian Thomas Moynihan and the Dutch 'apocalypsoof' Lisa Doeland for a lecture on the human obsession with our own extinction.

From catastrophic climate change to malicious AI superintelligence and the looming dangers of genome editing, our species is increasingly concerned about the prospects of its own extinction.

The end of humanity's future on this planet seems less and less a grim fantasy or distant speculation. But how did this come about? When did our obsession with the ending begin? And what does going back through this history teach us about our current predicament?

Renowned historian Thomas Moynihan (Cambridge University) shows that our growing concern about human extinction itself has a history. Moynihan reveals how today's dealings with existential threats are the continuation of a project started more than two centuries ago. The realization that Homo sapiens could disappear – and that the physical universe could continue without us – is one of the most important discoveries humans have ever made.

Moynihan is assisted by the Dutch philosopher Lisa Doeland. In her recent book Apocalypsophy, she argues that human extinction is not only imminent, but has already begun, and there is little point in denying it.

This event is a collaboration with AIR – Architecture Institute Rotterdam and part of the Rotterdam Architecture Month.

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Tue 11 Jun
20:00 - 22:00

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Tuesday 11 June

20:00 - 22:00
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