Thinking Our Way Out of Extinction
Rebecca Costa is a sociobiologist who offers a genetic explanation for current events, emerging trends and individual behavior. Costa’s book The Watchman’s Rattle: Thinking Our Way Out of Extinction examines how the principles governing evolution cause and provide a solution for global gridlock. Costa offers her unique view of our current inaction on issues such as government debt, the environment and education, and prescribes a solution for the way out.
What happens when the complexity and magnitude of the problems facing our civilization "simply exceed our biological capabilities"? Sociobiologist Rebecca Costa argues this has triggered the demise "of every advanced civilization. But we now possess the cognitive tools to survive.
If you're lacking confidence and feel like you could benefit from an ego boost, try writing your life story.
In truth, so much of what happens to us in life is random – we are pawns at the mercy of Lady Luck. To take ownership of our experiences and exert a feeling of control over our future, we tell stories about ourselves that weave meaning and continuity into our personal identity.
What do the inventions of the future look like?
- Self-sustaining space colonies and unlimited fusion energy would bring humanity to a new point in our evolution.
- Flying cars and robot butlers could be the next paradigm shift in our tech appetite for change.
- Death and consensus reality might soon become obsolete.
A space memorial company plans to launch the ashes of "Pikachu," a well-loved Tabby, into space.
- Steve Munt, Pikachu's owner, created a GoFundMe page to raise money for the mission.
- If all goes according to plan, Pikachu will be the second cat to enter space, the first being a French feline named Felicette.
- It might seem frivolous, but the cat-lovers commenting on Munt's GoFundMe page would likely disagree.
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