Scientific doomsday scenarios: foresight projections for the near and deep future

David Baker

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This paper conveys the projections for the end of the Earth and Heat Death of the Universe according to scientific narrative of Big History. It also introduces some concepts from the field of ‘foresight’ regarding how to look at multiple futures in a methodical and regimented way rather than speculating wildly. These concepts allow some discussion of the potential fate of humanity on the timescale of 100-200 years. After looking at the potential outcomes of Near Future (both encouraging and disastrous) the paper moves step by step into the Deep Future. It closes with some philosophical reflections rooted in scientific concepts.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-93
Number of pages23
JournalCahiers François Viète
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2019


  • Big History
  • foresight
  • feat death
  • futurism
  • complexity
  • creative descent
  • collapse
  • apocalypse


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