Civilization Has Lasted 5,000 Years. How About 5 Million?, Scholars Ask.

Jay Premack for The Chronicle

David Grinspoon, an astrobiologist at the Library of Congress's John W. Kluge Center, lured a panel of luminaries to wrestle with a loaded question: "Will we survive our world-changing technologies?"
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This town is not known for its long-term thinking. But on a recent humid day at the Library of Congress, a collection of astronomers, humanists, and writers set their eyes on a deadline well past the next debt showdown, or even the next election.


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