you mean there’s some room in all this doom and gloom? to answer ‘where are we going’, wright sets out to answer the the first and second of gauguin‘s questions three: ‘d’où venons-nous? que sommes-nous? où allons-nous? (where do we come from? what are we? where are we going?)’.
wright says we came from africa. we are generalists–specialists flourish only in niches, but we have spread to six continents–not because we have sharp claws or fangs or a poisonous bite–we don’t. instead we have this big brain, which allows us to adapt to change.
but where we are going has been an unconscious choice up until now. now it’s time to use our big brain to consciously choose where we’re going. to adapt to change. adapt or die.