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The final chapter of the book is a postscript on the official world. The notion of a self-enclosed world—a climate-controlled one: a greenhoused planet—has become a near commonplace. Yet the primacy of the outside is the axiom of the natural sciences, and the jargon of reflexivity seems to be played out. The allure of the great outside has thus returned, whether in the tethering of the humanities to the experimental sciences; in the tentative explorations of a speculative realism; or in the speculations of a new age of space and so open to news from the outside. Via readings of the literary work of Cormac McCarthy, J. G. Ballard, and Karl Ove Knausgaard; the exploratory writings of Erving Goffman, Peter Sloterdijk, and Ludwig Wittgenstein; and the social science fiction called the “scientological,” the postscript diagnoses the fate of an autotropic and self-reporting world, and the strange allure of extinction today.

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