It's the End of the World and We Feel Fine

What if Homo sapiens suddenly went extinct? We imagine environmental poster boy Al Gore would be tickled pink, even though he was dead. Author Alan Weisman takes a counterintuitive approach in his "thought experiment" The World Without Us, contending, among other intriguing things, that rats and roaches would themselves struggle for survival without our unintentional munificence -- something that would make mothers the world over jump for joy, even though they were dead. Signing restrictions apply; call for info.
Thu., Sept. 27, 7 p.m., 2007

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