But look on the bright side. Deprived of heaven and hope, we could fantasise about a universe on the far side of darkness where life is free of millenialism, party conferences, and all kinds of other political pretension.Reuse content
How is it that black holes, a phenomenon we barely understand, have become such a popular symbol of our godless, negative existence? Stephen Hawking is a best-seller; Star Trek plays with unknowable doom. Pessimistic doomsayers will no doubt interpret yesterday's news of a black hole sucking us toward long-distant oblivion as confirmation of the ultimate futility of life.