Scatter Adapt And Remember: How Humans Will Survive A Mass Extinction

Paperback | April 1, 2014

byAnnalee Newitz

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As a species, Homo sapiens is at a crossroads. Study of our planet’s turbulent past suggests  that we are overdue for a catastrophic disaster, whether caused by nature or by human  interference. It’s a frightening prospect, as each of the Earth’s past major disasters resulted  in a mass extinction, where more than 75 percent of the planet’s species died out. But in  Scatter, Adapt, and Remember , Annalee Newitz explains that although global disaster is  all but inevitable, our chances of long-term species survival are better than ever.

This brilliantly speculative work of popular science focuses on humanity’s long history  of dodging the bullet, as well as on new threats that we may face in years to come. Most  important, it explores how scientific breakthroughs today will help us avoid disasters  tomorrow. From simulating tsunamis, to studying central Turkey’s ancient underground  cities, to designing space elevators to make space colonies cost-effective—scientists and  researchers the world over are discovering the keys to long-term resilience and learning  how humans can choose life over death.

Newitz’s remarkable and fascinating journey through the science of mass extinctions  is a powerful argument about human ingenuity and our ability to change. In a world  populated by doomsday preppers and media commentators obsessively forecasting our  demise, Scatter, Adapt, and Remember is a compelling voice of hope.

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As a species, Homo sapiens is at a crossroads. Study of our planet’s turbulent past suggests  that we are overdue for a catastrophic disaster, whether caused by nature or by human  interference. It’s a frightening prospect, as each of the Earth’s past major disasters resulted  in a mass extinction, where more than 75 percent of the...

Annalee Newitz is the founding editor of the science website io9.com. She’s written for publications such as Wired, Popular Science, and the Washington Post. She is the editor of the anthology She’s Such a Geek: Women Write About Science, Technology, and Other Geeky Stuff (2006) and is a former professor of American studies at UC-Berke...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 8.25 × 5.25 × 0.9 inPublished:April 1, 2014Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from The End May Not Be In Sight I got a advanced readers copy of this book from the Goodreads Giveaway offers. The author has put forward the idea that the earth is due for another mass extinction and that we will be able to survive it. She explained the past mass extinctions that occured on the planet with what caused them and what was the result. Can you beleive we have had five major mass extintions and a few moinor ones. And all of them have been caused by different things. Who knew our planet was so accident prone? The author is able to explain the scientific concepts so that a non-scientific person is able to understand. She did a lot of research and uses several quotes from leading sciencetists to back up her theories. The quotes are not over anyones heads. The book may appear to a depressing book. Talking about the things that could wipe out the human race and most of the life on it. It isn't. It is a positive book about hope the beleif that humans will survive any challenges that they face. The author looks at the many threats we currently and possible face and explains what is currently be done. The author does get a little preachy, I felt, in telling us what we should be doing. that we aren't already. There were a few typo errors in my copy. It was an uncorrected copy of course. Hope they catch them. I enjoyed the book. This book is not for everyone. If you have a bit of scientific curiosity then give this book a read. It is not a hard read.
Date published: 2013-08-30

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“Annalee Newitz’s Scatter, Adapt, and Remember [is] a relentlessly optimistic tour through the myriad ways we might face annihilation and—more to the author’s point— how we might survive.” - The Globe and Mail