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If I ruled the world: John Mather

Achieve as much as we can—before the Earth becomes uninhabitable

By John Mather   September 2015

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Man, claiming position as ruler of planet Earth, is surely rare and perhaps unique in the cosmos. If I ruled the world (by ruling man for a short while), I would ensure that our experiment in civilisation does not crash but continues until the Sun burns out and, if possible, spreads to planets elsewhere. I want that to be our destiny. You might say, who cares, that’s a long time from now, and I just want to live another day. I say, why not? What a…

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