With the cover story of “the end” occurring in Scientific America, journalism has had a heyday in scaring the public. If we focus on accomplishing the bare minimum, and hope to invest in more of a future, we get away from the status quo scientist that says it can’t be done.
You know, no one ever could break the 4-minute mile; it couldn’t be done. They did it!
No one could ever fly, that didn’t stop the Wright Bros. from trying. They did it!
No one could ever go to the moon. It was Jules Verne that went there in fiction, and he found moon cheese! (just kidding! He did write about traveling to the moon, but no one had ever gone before . . . it was impossible!).
Well the USA did it!
Then Europe did it!
Now the People of China are doing it!
You can break out of an impasse in the 200+ years of continued existence, just watch how big a mess you make. Please.