The Sixth Extinction

The Sixth Extinction

Patterns of Life and the Future of Humankind

Book - 1995
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Richard Leakey, One Of The World's  Foremost Experts On Man's Evolutionary Past, Now Turns  His Eye To The Future And Doesn't Like What He  Sees. To the philosophical the  earth is eternal, while the human race -- presumptive  keeper of the world's history -- is a mere speck  in the rich stream of life. It is known that  nothing upon Earth is forever; geography, climate, and  plant and animal life are all subject to radical  change. On five occasions in the past, catastrophic  natural events have caused mass extinctions on  Earth. But today humans stand alone, in dubious  distinction, among Earth's species: Homo  Sapiens possesses the ability to destroy  entire species at will, to trigger the sixth  extinction in the history of life. In The Sixth  Extinction, Richard Leakey and Roger Lewin  consider how the grand sprawl of human life is  inexorably wreaking havoc around the world. The  authors of Origins and  Origins Reconsidered, unimpeachable  authorities on the human fossil record, turn their  attention to the most uncharted anthropological territory  of all: the future, and man's role in defining it.  According to Leakey and Lewin, man and his  surrounding species are end products of history and  chance. Now, however, humans have the unique  opportunity to recognize their influence on the global  ecosystem, and consciously steer the outcome in order  to avoid triggering an unimaginable upheaval. From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c1995.
ISBN: 9780385424974
Characteristics: 271 p., [8] p. of plates :,ill. ;,25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Lewin, Roger


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Jul 30, 2014

Yes it was a good book, but so what? Unless there are more concerned citizens, of both intellectual and moral strength, nothing will ever happen. No faux crat will change anything, no warmonger masquerading as a democrat. With the existence of the US Chamber of Commerce's National Chamber Litigation Center, waging econowar on the citizenry, and its sister outfit, the Koch brothers' ALEC, or American Legislative Exchange Council, which has just spawned forth another monster against the citizenry, ACCE, or the American City County Exchange, the only effort which would counteract anything will require much focused violence, and that is just not going to happen in Indoctrinated America.

Jul 07, 2014

This is a must read for all people who care about the planet. And the future/fate of humankind and all other species. Leakey gives us a new perspective on environmental question's and humanity's place in the world, He also gives us a keen sense of urgency in saving habitat, and what it will take to do that.

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