At the end of ‘Don’t Look Up,’ the protagonists gather for a final meal.
The end is often envisioned the same way: abruptly, hopelessly and completely. How does this constrain the range of possible solutions?
The Biblical narratives of good versus evil are influencing political rhetoric.
Apocalyptic thinking undermines democracy because it delegitimizes political opponents, turning them into enemies of God.
A priority given to beer and bubbly shows the strong link between Christmas and alcohol.
While shelves empty and the “booze trains” run, humanity’s ancient festival dream of equality and justice awaits.
Climate disasters are drawing comparisons to apocalyptic films. Their happy endings may have given us a false sense of hope.
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If octopuses simply started evolving a smarter brain, what stops them from ruling over humans? Why has this not happened already? An expert explains what these cephalopods might be capable of.
Dead cities are enduring images in post-apocalyptic literature and cinema.
Humanity is destroying Earth’s ability to support complex life. But coming to grips with the magnitude of the problem is hard, even for experts.
Luca Signorelli’s Sermon and Deeds of the Antichrist ( c. 1499 and 1502).
The Christian tradition says the Antichrist will come before the end of the world as we know it. So it’s good to know some background on him … or her … or them.
On the morning of Sept. 9, San Franciscans woke up to a transformed cityscape.
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The eerie San Francisco skyline evoked sci-fi movies for a reason. Filmmakers are increasingly using color grading to tinge their films with two hues, orange and teal, to unsettle viewers.
Large numbers, huge ranges, and adaptibility make the human species very difficult to eradicate
A 14th-century Last Judgment relief from a facade of Orvieto cathedral in Umbria. Italy.
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Some people are comparing current times with the apocalypse. In ancient texts, apocalyptic messages cultivated endurance and encouragement through dire circumstances.
Like conspiracy theories, pandemics are about an invisible and powerful enemy hiding among us.
Christian fundamentalists have become a politically powerful group since the movement’s foundation in 1919.
Protestant fundamentalism was officially born in the United States in 1919, fueling a culture war that continues today.
People take part in a memorial for the victims of a shooting at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas.
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White nationalists in the US and Europe are appropriating the language of environmentalism.
We spoke at length with a series of self-identified preppers. It became clear that most aren’t so out of the ordinary.
Apocalyptic visions of the future have a popular place in the gaming imagination.
Post-apocalyptic visions reflect society’s fears – and gamers get to immerse themselves in it.
The movie ‘Children of Men,’ based on the book of the same name by P.D. James, shows how people come together in a tragedy.
The end of times, and any small-scale apocalypse, has a special quality: that of distilling what is important from what is superficial and unnecessary.
The real focus of end-of-days narratives isn’t the spectacle of collapse, but about what comes after and how it challenges our world view.
Why Jerusalem matters to evangelicals.
Many American evangelicals believe that the establishment and protection of Israel set up a chain of event for the return of Jesus. What were the origins of this narrative?
Imagine a world where artificial intelligence is in control and humans are brink of extinction. What went wrong? What could we have done?
No problem too big #1: Artificial intelligence and killer robots.
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In this special Speaking With podcast episode, a panel of artists and researchers speculates on the end of the world due to artificial intelligence and killer robots, as though it has already happened.