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Popular Media Articles (Selection):

Key publications are indicated by "⬅️⬅️⬅️"



June 2024. A Response to Ozy Brennan's Article About TESCREALism in Asterisk MagazineSubstack. HERE.

June 2024. What Is the "TESCREAL Bundle"? Answering Some Frequently Asked Questions. SubstackHERE⬅️⬅️⬅️


April 2024. Team Human vs. Team Posthuman—Which Side Are You On? Truthdig. HERE⬅️⬅️⬅️

December 2023. "Effective Accelerationism" and the Pursuit of Cosmic UtopiaTruthdigHERE.

November 2023. Fraud, Lies, Exploitation and Eugenic FantasiesTruthdig. HERE.

September 2023. Radical Longtermism and the Seduction of Endless GrowthPerspectiva (Substack). Coauthored with Dr. Rupert Read. HERE.


August 2023. This Is What Happens When You Spend Two Years Unmasking a Well-Funded Silicon Valley "Apocalypse Cult." Truthdig. HERE. ⬅️⬅️⬅️


August 2023. Longtermism Poses a Real Threat to HumanityNew Statesman. HERE.


June 2023. The Acronym Behind Our Wildest AI Dreams and NightmaresTruthdig. HERE. ⬅️⬅️⬅️

May 2023. A Short History of EugenicsTruthdig. HERE.

March 2023. Giving Altruism a Bad NameTruthdig. HERE.

February 2023. Longtermism and Eugenics: A PrimerTruthdig. HERE.

January 2023. Nick Bostrom, Longtermism, and the Eternal Return of Eugenics. Truthdig. HERE.

December 2022. The Grift Brothers Sam Bankman-Fried, William MacAskill and the Moral Fraud of Effective Altruism. Truthdig. HERE.

November 2022. What “Longtermism” Gets Wrong about Climate ChangeBulletin of the Atomic Scientists. HERE.

September 2022. Selling "Longtermism": How PR and Marketing Drive a Controversial New MovementSalon. HERE. ⬅️⬅️⬅️

August 2022: Understanding "Longtermism": Why this Suddenly Influential Philosophy is so Toxic. Salon HERE.

July 2022: How Elon Musk Sees the Future. Salon. HERE.

April 2022: Elon Musk, Twitter and the FutureSalon. HERE.

October 2021. Against longtermismAeon. HERE. ⬅️⬅️⬅️

July 2021. The Dangerous Ideas of "Longtermism" and "Existential Risk." Current Affairs. HERE.

Artificial Intelligence

March 2024. The Madness of the Race to Build Artificial General IntelligenceTruthdig. HERE.

August 2023. Will "Godlike AI" Kill Us All—Or Unlock the Secrets of the Universe? Probably notSalon. HERE.


June 2023. Does AGI Really Threaten the Survival of the Species? Truthdig. HERE. ⬅️⬅️⬅️

June 2023. AI and the Threat of "Human Extinction." Salon. HERE⬅️⬅️⬅️

August 2022: One Potential Side Effect of AI? Human ExtinctionWashington Post. HERE.

August 2022: Would "Artificial Superintelligence" Lead to the End of Life on Earth? Salon. HERE.

Climate Change


September 2023. Think This Summer Was Bad? It Might Be the Best One You and I Will Ever SeeSalon. HERE.

December 2022. Climate Reparations: It's the Right Thing to Do—And Will Create a Better World for Everyone. Salon. HERE.

October 2022. Soup on the Van Gogh: The Painting's Fine, and the Kids Are All RightSalon. HERE.

May 2021. "Our Planet, Our Future"—Another Desperate Plea for Humanity to Wake UpCommon Dreams. HERE.

June 2019. It’s Time to Rebel Against the Existential Threat of Climate Change. OneZero. HERE.

April 2016. We're Speeding Toward a Climate Change Catastrophe—and that Makes 2016 the Most Important Election in a Generation. SalonHERE. Reposted by AlterNet, HERE.

February 2016. Biodiversity Loss and the Doomsday Clock: An Invisible Disaster Almost No One is Talking AboutCommon DreamsHERE.


Human Extinction (Possible Causes, History, Ethical Implications)

October 2023. How the Idea of Human Extinction has Reshaped Our WorldSalon. HERE.

September 2023. A Fireball in the Marshall Islands: How a Nuclear Test Changed the WorldLos Angeles Review of BooksHERE.

July 2023. The Guardian Published an Article About My Work. Here's What Missed the MarkSubstack. HERE.

July 2023. Human Extinction: A Brief Guided Tour of the Book. Medium. HERE. ⬅️⬅️⬅️

July 2023. How an H.G. Wells Sci-Fi Novel Predicted Oppenheimer and Atomic Bombs. Big ThinkHERE.

April 2023. The Bright Side of ExtinctionTruthdig. HERE.

February 2023. The Ethics of Human ExtinctionAeon. HERE. ⬅️⬅️⬅️

March 2022. Why It’s So Hard to Face the Threat Posed by Nuclear WeaponsCurrent Affairs. HERE.


September 2021. Can We Clean Up the Mess We've Created? Salon. HERE.

May 2021. Scared Straight: How Prophets of Doom Might Save the WorldBulletin of the Atomic Scientists. HERE.

October 2019. Omniviolence Is Coming and the World Isn't ReadyNautilus. HERE.

June 2019. Should Humans Colonize Space? Filling Space. HERE.

July 2018. Why We Should Think Twice About Colonizing SpaceNautilus. HERE.

May 2017. Today’s Kids Could Live Through Machine Superintelligence, Martian Colonies, and a Nuclear AttackMotherboardHERE.

Ghosting, Loneliness, Trans Issues, Etc.

December 2023. Why I Won't Have ChildrenMedium. HERE. ⬅️⬅️⬅️

December 2023. Reflections on GhostingMedium. HERE.

September 2023. What Ghosting Says About Society (And Why it Hurts So Much)Truthdig. HERE⬅️⬅️⬅️

May 2023. The COVID Pandemic May Be "Over"—But the Pandemic of Loneliness Is Getting WorseSalonHERE.

May 2023. Are Conservatives at the Daily Wire Really Calling for Trans “Genocide”? Truthdig. HERE. ⬅️⬅️⬅️

Culture, Politics, Terrorism, New Atheism, Futurology, Etc.

April 2023. Simulated Worlds and Rotating SpacecraftAmbasz Essays, published by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). HERE. 

September 2022. "White Psychodrama" and the Culture Wars: A Self-Reinforcing Cycle, Going Nowhere. Salon. HERE.

June 2021. Godless grifters: How the New Atheists Merged with the Far RightSalon. HERE. (One of the most-viewed articles of the year.)

November 2020. The Future of Philosophy is CYBORGPhilosophy NowHERE.

August 2020. Sam Harris and Donald Trump: They're Completely Different ... Yet Very Much AlikeSalon. HERE.

October 2019. Steven Pinker, Sam Harris and the Epidemic of Annoying White Male Intellectuals. Salon. HERE.

January 2019. Steven Pinker's Fake Enlightenment: His Book is Full of Misleading Claims and False AssertionsSalon. HERE.


November 2018. If 2016 Was the Most Important Election in History, This Is Our Chance to Begin Undoing ItSalon. HERE.

September 2017. Is This the Best Possible Time to Be Alive? Sounds Ludicrous, Right? Salon. HERE.

August 2017. Beyond "New Atheism": Where do People Alienated by the Movement’s Obnoxious Tendencies Go from Here? Salon. HERE.

July 2017. From the Enlightenment to the Dark Ages: How "New Atheism" Slid into the Alt-RightSalon. HERE.

July 2017. "New Atheist" Sam Harris—Still Deeply Wrong on Islamic Extremism and TerrorismSalon. HERE.

June 2017. Trump’s Scandals are Dangerous: Because They’re Distracting Us from the Grave Threats to Human CivilizationSalonHERE.

May 2017. Why the “Conceptual Penis” Hoax was a Bust: It Only Reveals the Lack of Skepticism Among SkepticsSalonHERE.

May 2017. Yet Another Reason Donald Trump is Bad News: He’s Utterly Lacking in “Integrative Complexity” — and That’s DangerousSalonHERE.

April 2017. It's the End of the World and We Know it: Scientists in Many Disciplines See Apocalypse, SoonSalon. HERE.

February 2017. "All Political Leaders Would Rather Be Dictators": Authors of "The Dictator's Handbook" on Whether Trump Can Pull it Off (Interview) SalonHERE.

January 2017. From Startling Insight to Random Insult: A Guide to the Uses and Misuses of "Fake News." SalonHERE.

October 2016. Faith in Ignorance: Politicians Who Quote the Bible Often Don’t Know Anything About the Bible (Interview)SalonHERE.

August 2016. It's Not Alarmist: Trump and the Republican Party Could Destroy the World. TruthoutHERE.

May 2016. "The Evidence is Pretty Incontrovertible that He Doesn't Exist": Stephen Colbert's Favorite Scientist on the Universe, Naturalism and Finding Meaning without God (Interview with Sean Carroll)SalonHERE.

April 2016. Donald Trump Thinks He’s a God. Even Worse, His Supporters AgreeSalon. HERE.

March 2016. Donald Trump Would be Scarier than George W. BushSalonHERE.


March 2016. The Islamic State Would not Be with Us Today if the United States Hadn't Invaded Iraq." (Interview with Will McCants)SalonHERE.

February 2016. This Threat Is Worse than ISIS: Once Again, We Don't Understand the Real Enemy. SalonHERE.

January 2016. We're No. 16! Why Donald Trump's Boorish American Exceptionalism Is so Wrong. SalonHERE.


January 2016. Donald Trump Talks at a Fourth-Grade Level. Maybe that's Why the Fox News Audience Loves Him. SalonHERE.

Reposted by AlterNet, HERE. HRR


December 2015. Is this how World War III begins? Religion, End Times, Terror and the Frightening New Middle East TinderboxSalonHERE.


December 2015, The United States Is Scarier than the Islamic StateSalonHERE.

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