John Gray, a political philosopher who spent much of his academic career attacking the Enlightenment, has in recent years turned his gaze on his entire species, whom he has renamed Homo rapiens. Since Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals, he has held his fellows up to ridicule as deluded self-flatterers whose dreams of progress have had catastrophic consequences not only for mankind but for the planet unfortunate to have been infested by them. Contrary to what they think, humans are ‘not obviously worth preserving’, since ‘human life has no more meaning than the life of slime mould’. No wonder he sees climate change as ‘a mechanism through which the planet eases its human burden’.
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