Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Going Dark” as Want to Read:
Going Dark
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Going Dark

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  75 ratings  ·  12 reviews
We are the last individuals of our species on Earth. How shall we respond? How shall we act?

If industrial civilization is maintained, climate change will cause human extinction in the near term. If industrial civilization falls, sufficient ionizing radiation will be released from the world's nuclear power plants to cause human extinction in the near term.

In the wake
...more
Kindle Edition, 162 pages
Published September 30th 2013 by PublishAmerica
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.64  · 
Rating details
 ·  75 ratings  ·  12 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
Start your review of Going Dark
Bradley Jarvis
Jan 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
NOTE: This review contains spoilers.

Guy McPherson and I are the same age, with very different experiences, yet we are converging on a similar set of conclusions about what the future holds for us and everyone else. I finished reading his book "Going Dark" two days after completing the latest update of my ongoing project to gain insight into how humanity's future is likely to evolve; both reach depressing conclusions about our prospects.

"Going Dark" is a group of essays mostly extracted from McP
...more
Pauline Panagiotou
Dec 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: guy-mcpherson
Going Dark is an introspective and personal look at one's life upon discovering the very real threat of Near Term Human Extinction in the very near future, like by 2030 or even more terrifyingly, by 2017!
The Abyss calls to every living thing on Earth and very little is being done by the failed leaders of the world to seriously address the climate crisis.
The frustration and grief resulting from this knowledge has led Dr McPherson to travel the country and the world sharing the scientific informat
...more
Brian
Jan 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Brian by: Jonathan Walliser
Many people will disagree with McPherson's conclusions. I agree with them. The premise of this book is that anthropogenic climate disruption is real, that it's proceeding at a far faster pace than most people realize, and that we've passed a tipping point beyond which life on Earth will become untenable. I'm certain many of my friends will think me crazy to believe such a thing, but while many of them are watching TV, I'm reading enough science to understand what's going on. I could point to the ...more
Rob Seimetz
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Could not put this one down. This book made me think in so many different ways. What an emotional experience it gave me. Guy McPherson is truly an inspiring human being.
Bethk
Aug 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: doomgloom, nonfiction
Contains spoilers

This book is mainly about Guy McPherson's personal thoughts on the matter. The question this book seeks to help one answer, is HOW can one continue to live and keep an attitude other than utter despair after one has seen that near-term human extinction is inevitable. While there are a number of other climate books that will tell you how we got over tipping-point after tipping-point, noting that one cannot identify a tipping point until they are past it (and it's too late), or wh
...more
robert
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding in every detail

life changing read that touches on all the critical issues of our time. This style of reading is not not for everybody
Anthony R. Vecchiarelli
Mr. McPherson is deeply disturbed. He is trapped in vicious circle paradoxes he sees everywhere. He has no hope. He says hope is wishful thinking. He calls hope, "hopium." He says global warming has progressed beyond the point of no return. It is in runaway territory now. He says we are on a path toward "omnicide." Species extinction of humans will occur by 2030 or maybe 2050. He suggests that a world wide economic collapse in all the industrial civilizations would be a good thing for the planet ...more
MR. S. BEATTIE
Aug 06, 2018 rated it liked it
What's worrying is I think he could be correct.

I have been reading books on the environment for forty years. It started with lack of material for industry and loss of Whales. There was always a change we could make to repair the damage to the planet. I now see as the author highlights than mankind has triggered a world climate that we cannot control.
I did not like the quotes on nearly every page found this annoying .
If you are looking for a solution to climate change this book will depress you
...more
Bryce
Jun 23, 2019 rated it did not like it
Anprim rambling.
Severi Saaristo
The book is quite repetitious and I wish there was a lot more scientific data in it. I doubt that we'll go extinct as fast as McPherson predicts (by 2025), but probably in the next 50 years or so. I like the simple: "only love remains" ending. I do feel very privileged to have had a life in security and that my friends and family are amazing caring human beings.
Martin
May 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
As the title conveys, quite a dark book. I hope Mc Phearsons view is overly pessimistic, but it's also possible that his view is actually realistic. However, he does not support it sufficiently with data in this book, it's all impressions and personal anectotes.
Ray
Nov 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
An Important book! Highly recommended!
Wendy Bandurski-miller
rated it it was amazing
Apr 29, 2015
Robert J. Poulton
rated it it was amazing
Jan 13, 2019
john simone
rated it it was ok
Aug 18, 2018
John Duddy
rated it it was amazing
May 08, 2019
Michael Stanton
rated it it was amazing
Apr 27, 2017
Jeffry Fawcett
rated it really liked it
Sep 26, 2017
Trond
rated it did not like it
Mar 14, 2017
Rabel
rated it it was amazing
Apr 08, 2015
Deborra
rated it it was amazing
Feb 09, 2015
shannon greer
rated it really liked it
Feb 23, 2016
William
rated it it was amazing
Dec 07, 2019
Jennifer
rated it it was ok
Apr 13, 2015
Devin
rated it really liked it
Jul 02, 2019
Neil
rated it it was amazing
Jun 03, 2017
David Young
rated it liked it
May 17, 2014
Jesus
rated it it was ok
Nov 03, 2016
Adriane
rated it liked it
Dec 18, 2013
Blake Frederick
rated it liked it
Aug 10, 2019
« previous 1 3 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming
  • The Bread Baker's Apprentice: Mastering the Art of Extraordinary Bread
  • Hammer and Hoe: Alabama Communists During the Great Depression
  • Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent
  • Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-scale Permaculture
  • The Survival Medicine Handbook: A Guide for When Help is Not on the Way
  • The Communist Manifesto
  • A People's History of the United States
  • Dragonflight (Dragonriders of Pern, #1)
  • Pani Jeziora (Saga o Wiedźminie, #5)
  • The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777
  • Vanished (Private Justice, #1)
  • How to Start a Revolution: Young People and the Future of American Politics
  • Antisocial: Online Extremists, Techno-Utopians, and the Hijacking of the American Conversation
  • The War on Normal People: The Truth About America's Disappearing Jobs and Why Universal Basic Income Is Our Future
  • Gilgamesh Retold
  • Sandworm: A New Era of Cyberwar and the Hunt for the Kremlin's Most Dangerous Hackers
  • Hymns of the Republic: The Story of the Final Year of the American Civil War
See similar books…

Related Articles

Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman know the radical life-changing power of a good friendship. The two launched their hit podcast Call Your Girlfriend ...
7 likes · 0 comments
No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »
“   As pointed out by French author and Nobelist in literature André Gide: "Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But since no one was listening, everything must be said again." So, here I go, saying it again.” 2 likes
More quotes…