Scientists Name Top 14 Scenarios That Would End Humanity

After applying the theory of evolutionary traps to studying human cultures, scientists have discovered that our species is vulnerable to fourteen distinct evolutionary dead ends. The world is approaching climatic tipping points; AI is becoming more mismatched, chemical pollution is rising, and infectious illnesses are spreading alarmingly. A number of global problems, including the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, food shortages, financial crises, and wars, have begun to happen simultaneously, causing more holes to appear in the Anthropocene, the supposed geological period molded by humans.

When organisms exhibit a propensity for actions that reduce their fitness and survival chances, this is known as an evolutionary trap. To find possible traps closing in on us, scientists have expanded this phenomenon to include humans. Unchecked, fourteen of the evolutionary traps uncovered by the research would wipe us off the face of the earth. The worst part is that experts have identified 12 traps as being at an advanced stage that need immediate attention.

We live in a poly-crisis, a period characterized by the simultaneous occurrence and, in some cases, the reinforcement of several large-scale issues. Overshoot, social capital loss, infrastructure lock-in, expansion for growth’s sake, and contagion are some of the evolutionary traps found. These current habits are the offspring of ones that have benefited us for thousands of years but now seem to be hurting the planet we’ve created. Our agricultural system has fewer points of failure due to our over-reliance on a few main crops, which leaves us vulnerable to diseases and environmental changes and increases the likelihood of future disasters.

The same holds for fossil fuels; they have brought us to the modern era, but the price we pay is the climatic disruption humans have produced. Furthermore, we have invested a lot in infrastructure for extracting oil, burning coal, and cultivating maize. There are severe repercussions for doing nothing, yet we would instead not undergo the arduous transition out of these institutions. Positive actions that, when combined, have a lethal effect because they reinforce one another. That is the pitfall.

To escape routine and stagnation, people need to foster the ability for collective human agency and create environments where it may thrive.