Solve suffering by blowing up the universe? The dubious philosophy of human extinction

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19.11.2020-The Conversation

Solve suffering by blowing up the universe? The dubious philosophy of human extinction
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At a time when humans are threatening the extinction of so many other species, it might not seem so surprising that some people think that the extinction of our own species would be a good thing. Take, for example, theVoluntary Human Extinction Movement, whose founderbelievesthat our extinction would put an end to the damage we inflict on each other and ecosystems more generally.

Or there’s the South African philosopherDavid Benatar, who argues that bringing people into existence always does them harm. He recommends we cease procreating and graduallydesert the Earth.

But humans aren’t the only beings tofeel pain. Non-human animals wouldcontinue sufferingwithout us. So, driven by a desire to eliminate suffering entirely, some people have shockingly advocated taking the rest of nature with us. They recommend that we…

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