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on 25 December 2012
The Mayans (allegedly) warned us that the world is going to end this month; it didn't, but in Megacatastrophes, David Darling and Dirk Schulze-Makuch described nine different existential threats from nature. The potential extinction-level events are wide ranging, from solar activity and black holes to alien invasion and the rise of technology. The authors sound most confident talking about cosmic events, and there are a couple of dubious assertions about plagues, but generally the book manages to engage without dumbing down. The potential catastrophes are rated from 1 (unlikely to happen; unlikely to cause total extinction) to 10 (certain to occur, and certain to wipe out life on Earth); it may not comfort you to know that there's very little we can do about any of them.
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