Alan Weisman on why our inability to stop reproducing could be humanity's greatest threat

Nuclear warfare, biological warfare, meteor impact, global pandemic, global warming, supervolcano, alien invasion, zombie apocalypse... sharknado? All are theoretical ways that human civilization could meet its demise. And while all are gruesome, most would allow the human race to depart Earth with at least a strand of dignity still attached. So when author Alan Weisman suggests -- as he does in his latest book, Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth? -- that the most eminent threat to humanity may not be war nor a large number of flying shark attacks, but rather our inability to reproduce at a modest rate, you have to wonder whether it's Kim Jong Un we should be worried about or the family from 19 Kids and Counting.

Find out when Weisman appears at the Tattered Cover in Lodo at 7:30 p.m. tonight to answer any questions you may have about the future of humanity. Prior to this engagement, we caught up with Weisman to find out how we can prevent death by overpopulation and why the act of limiting our offspring is such a sensitive subject.

See also: Author Michael Pollan on portion control, the future of food and fast food

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