There Is No “Opt Out” For Humanity On The Future


The goal of a terrestrial consciousness is to survive briefly on a limited planet. the goals of post-planetary consciousness are to evolve and expand in time.
—Timothy Leary, “Musings On Human Metamorphosis”

I was originally going to write about the findings, implications, and potential ramifications inherent in this New York Times piece, “Are Your Sperm In Trouble?”—which quotes the troubling statistic that “about 90 percent” of the sperm “in a typical young man” are apparently unviable. But something interesting happened in the comment section of the post that I wanted to more immediately talk about.

Many people wrote that if the human race experiences a massive fertility crisis (or indeed dies out completely), it’s OK because we are, generally, “a cancer on the planet”:

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