Thomas Moynihan is a UK-based researcher. In 2019, he completed a PhD at Oriel College and he is currently a research contractor for Oxford's Future of Humanity Institute. His book X-Risk: How Humanity Discovered Its Own Extinction is forthcoming later this year with MIT Press/Urbanomic (https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/x-risk). Through his work, he aims to show how the ambitions and worries of contemporary futurists emerge from the wider sweep of human history, so as to show how these present-day concerns are part of a centuries-long and still-ongoing project of enlightenment. The goal is to reveal how contemporary research into existential risk and existential hope is a crowning accomplishment of our ongoing assumption of maturity as a civilisation and species.