QUESTION POSTED BY RICHARD WILLIAM POSNER
Looking at the actions and attitude of the human race in general and the ruling class in particular, it would seem we believe ourselves so exceptional that we don’t need the rest of Life on the planet for our survival.
Many apparently believe that our technology will enable us to prevail no matter what.
Think of Earth turned into a self-sustaining technological environment, something like a planet-sized version of the starship Enterprise complete with those wonderful “replicators” which can produce whatever is needed out of thin air.
Imagine that the human species is the only Life left on the planet, that all other species of flora and fauna have been driven into extinction by our destructive exploitation of Nature, but that we are still able to live in this artificial environment.
Can we live alone and like it?
Would this be an acceptable or even desirable scenario?
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