The Species Six Billion Years From Now

SHORT EXCERPT FROM CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS LECTURE AT THE FESTIVAL OF DANGEROUS IDEAS | Full lecture linked below. 


Objective truth that sends a stirring of wonder throughout the entirety of the human experience. Described in emotion as a deep feeling in the bones; a ghost in the breath. An involuntary surrender to awe.

 

"Most educated people are aware that we are the outcome of nearly four billion years of darwinian selection, but many tend to think that humans are still somehow the culmination of that. Our sun, however, is less than half way through its lifespan. it will not be humans who watch that sun’s demise six billion years from now. Any creatures that then do exist will be as different from us as we are from bacteria or ameba."

Christopher Hitchens Starts at 4:00 the 'Festival of Dangerous Ideas' at the Sydney Opera House in October 2009. The topic was 'Religion Poisons Everything'. Photograph: Stephan Vos, Redux